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Early this year, 3D printing startup Shapeways installed a new network from Cumulus Networks in its New York data center. Shapeways uses its data center infrastructure of around 100 servers to support its website and its large storage resource holding thousands of 3D images of customer printing projects. Its infrastructure is built largely on open source compute and storage, and it builds its own applications and updates them frequently, often 10 or more times a day. The Cumulus network is controlled by the same Puppet code that Shapeways’ engineers use to roll out application updates and reconfigure the infrastructure to support the apps. The result is that the entire infrastructure can be reconfigured automatically, in minutes, instead of having to go through a painstaking manual network modification each time. “Cumulus is allowing us to manage our network configuration with Puppet, the same way we manage our server configuration,” says Shapeways engineer Martin Beauchamp. “That’s really attractive to anybody who is pra……