Hot on the heels of completing its acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, in a $7 billion deal, NVIDIA has now disclosed plans to acquire Mountain View, Calif.-based open-source-centric company Cumulus Networks, bolstering its networking software capabilities.

The acquisition deal, as the company puts it, enables the new era of the accelerated, software-defined data center.

With Cumulus, NVIDIA expects to “innovate and optimize across the entire networking stack from chips and systems to software.” This include analytics like Cumulus NetQ, delivering great performance and value to customers.

This open networking platform is extensible and allows enterprise and cloud-scale data centers full control over their operations.

Cumulus is said to support more than 100 hardware platforms with Cumulus Linux, its operating system for network switches.

Cumulus Networks has more than 1,800 customers globally and has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Telstra Ventures, Peter Wagner, four of the original VMware founders, among others.

NVIDIA further said that its “Mellanox Spectrum switches already ship with Cumulus Linux and SONiC, the open source offering forged in Microsoft’s Azure cloud and managed by the Open Compute Project. The courtship began in 2013, when Mellanox was forming its Open Ethernet strategy.”

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