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Cumulus Networks ® Case Study DreamHost + Cumulus ® Linux ® Enter the Era of Self-managing Networks with DreamHost and Cumulus Linux INDUSTRY: Web Hosting BUSINESS OBJECTIVE: Optimize Performance and Transparency PARTNERS: Agema, Penguin "DreamHost's large-scale, high-capacity cloud network is greatly enhanced by the use of Cumulus Networks' technology, giving us hardware platform flexibility, significantly improved automation and management, and fantastic performance. Cumulus Linux represents a fundamental shift in how service providers build out cloudscale networks." — Jonathan LaCour, VP Product and Development at DreamHost Overview DreamHost is a leading Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 375,000 customers worldwide that hosts over 1.3 million blogs, websites, and applications. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services, including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service DreamObjects, the cloud computing service DreamCompute, and the managed WordPress service DreamPress. DreamHost sets itself apart from the cloud crowd by developing innovative and flexible web and cloud services using open source software. And the Cumulus Networks open approach makes complete sense in this environment. DreamHost's Cumulus Linux deployments coincided with the launch of public cloud services. DreamCompute is engineered for scale and efficiency using best-of-breed open source solutions, including the OpenStack cloud platform, scalable Ceph™ block storage and Cumulus Linux, and VMware NSX's network virtualization. DreamHost is well known for constantly striving to lower cost and deliver the best services by contributing to and leveraging world-class open source software. Challenges For DreamHost, the need for speed and transparency across the data center was imperative. Equally as important was the need to successfully employ the same self-managing model — used in the server world for years — across the company's networking operation. This meant that when DreamHost received a shipment of servers, they get installed and configured automatically and are never touched after that point except for minor automated updates/changes. Their objective was to apply similar methodology to the network as well. Ideally Network Architects would focus on architecting the network and bringing differentiated value to the network and a single Tech Ops team could manage the combined technical operations, resulting in significant savings in OpEx. This is what DreamHost strived for and what Cumulus Networks helped them achieve. Performance and transparency in a single, easy-to-deploy, cost-effective solution Ability to leverage existing investment in tools for network automation without reinventing the wheel — or in this case — the network! Incorporate a self-managing model proven to be effective in the server world across the network ©2016 Cumulus Networks. All rights reserved. | cumulusnetworks.com

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