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Cumulus Networks ® Case Study UTSA + Cumulus ® Linux ® University of Texas at San Antonio Leverages Cumulus Linux for Choice and Simplicity INDUSTRY: Higher Education and Research BUSINESS OBJECTIVE: Choice and Simplicity PARTNERS: Open Compute Project (OCP), Quanta, Edge-core, Ansible "Cumulus Networks enables us to give users maximum choice in hardware, software and tools so they can build a solution based on the problem at hand instead of deploying a solution because it's the only thing a vendor provides. With Cumulus Linux as the networking OS, networking gear is finally at par with servers because users can manage their networking switches using the same tools as a Linux server. Because getting a switch up and running is now as familiar as deploying a server, our users have significantly reduced their OPEX investment. " — Carlos Cardenas, Associate Director, Applied Research in Cloud Computing at UTSA Overview The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a state research university in San Antonio, Texas, United States. With over 30,000 students, it is the largest university in San Antonio. UTSA is also home to the first Open Compute Project (OCP) Certification and Solution Laboratory in North America. The laboratory serves the goal to certify Open Compute technologies and key workloads for large enterprises while educating its own students on cutting edge open source technologies and providing research opportunities. Having seen at first hand the benefits of open technologies and ecosystems, it was only natural for UTSA to adopt Cumulus Linux, the Linux network OS that enables a rich open ecosystem and that works on top of the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), the essential building block for Open Networking. Challenges As a rapidly evolving environment, the data center of UTSA must grow at a rapid pace while enabling research projects based on the latest technologies, within the constraints of a tight budget. Challenges faced by UTSA team included: Limited network assets reuse vertically integrated stack Research projects rely on the latest technologies. While it was fairly easy to leverage and repurpose assets for the compute environment, the same could not be said about networking. With a vertically integrated stack comprising networking hardware, an operating system, and features, it was difficult to reuse existing assets while optimizing budgets for specific research projects and planning for potential vendor-specific exceptions. ©2016 Cumulus Networks. All rights reserved. | cumulusnetworks.com

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