News this morning that Cumulus Networks’ CEO and co-founder is stepping aside to give someone else a go at the role. JR Rivers, the incumbent CEO and one of the most respected people in the networking industry, has decided to step back to the CTO role and focus on technical direction.

Cumulus Networks produces Cumulus Linux, a network operating system that aims to recreate the impact that Linux has upon data center computation. With Cumulus Linux, organizations can radically simplify the cost of operating their networking equipment and gain greater agility from their existing and future assets.

Cumulus is something of a poster child for the Software Defined Networking (SDN) crowd. Indeed Martin Casado, the founder of Nicira Networks, itself a networking company that was acquired by VMware for over a million dollars, is a bit of a fan of both Cumulus and its founder. Interesting then that Cumulus’ founders include Andreessen Horovitz, the Venture Capital firm that Casado recently joined after leaving his role as head of all things interesting at VMware.

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.