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James Liao

SDN: Is Here to Stay

October 10, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint

In an October 3, 2017 article published in Network Computing, titled: “SDN: Time to Move On,” Gartner Analysts report on the state of software-defined networking and advise enterprises to shift their focus. It has triggered some interesting conversation in the SDN field. As a leading player of SDN technology, we [...]

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James Liao

Time to Overhaul Your Campus Network

May 9, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint

Over the last few years cloud service providers have steadily adopted white-box Ethernet switches and modern, flexible Network Operating Systems into their ecosystems. Mega data center operators, such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, have replaced their proprietary gear with white boxes in their production environments. The major benefit of this [...]

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Don DeRisi

A Road to Open Networking:  Focused Deliverables, Measurable ROI, Same Sheet of Music

April 20, 2017 | Don DeRisi | SDN Future is Now

Every day at Pica8 we are supporting a global customer base involved in creative, leading–edge applications using the PicOS NOS on white box switches.  We develop the software to meet the latest challenges of complex protocol sets, high performance switching requirements and operational demands. We often face the RFI/RFQ that appears [...]

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James Liao

What does it mean that Cisco will sell Software?

March 30, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint

Our friend Cisco made a big announcement this week - “Cisco has built a new networking operating system that will allow users to run its most sophisticated networking features on older and lower cost Cisco routers and switches”. We welcome and are in fact quite excited about this change. This validates the [...]

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James Liao

White Box Switches Have Grown Up

March 10, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint

White box switches have come a long way. The recent activities in OCP validate the vision and progress of white box switches, and more importantly it is clear that this trend is progressing from data centers to enterprises. I remember when Zeus Kerravala wrote in his 2016 article, “White Box [...]

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Sudhir Modali

Scaling up SDNs using TTPs (Table Type Patterns)

March 17, 2016 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster

  Software defined networking (SDN) solutions have been in the labs for a while, primarily to explore functionality and understand what possible benefit they could bring to current infrastructure and operations. Over the past couple years, SDN has emerged as a strong alternative for IT operations in the areas of WAN, [...]

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Pica8 Team

What Would You Do With Two Million Flows?

February 29, 2016 | Pica8 Team | Musings on SDN

Today, Pica8 announced support for Table Type Patterns (TTP) in PicOS, our leading SDN operating system. The premise of this announcement is that with TTP, network engineers and operators can now implement SDN at greater scale – in some cases, up to two million flows (a 1,000x increase from previous [...]

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Pica8 Team

Getting Back to Basics with SDN

February 1, 2016 | Pica8 Team | Musings on SDN

Typically when things start to get complicated, we talk about getting ‘back to basics’. The premise, of course, is to better compartmentalize, keep things in simple, digestible chunks, and not lose sight of the fundamentals. For instance, if you’re not hitting the golf ball straight, it’s because you’ve incorporated too much [...]

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Sudhir Modali

Adding a Full API to PicOS

October 13, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster

Pica8′s PicOS is a Linux network OS based on Debian. This makes it easy for our customers to integrate their own tools or applications within PicOS. We are compatible with all the leading DevOps tools, such as Puppet, Chef, and Salt; and of course, we support OpenFlow. But what if you [...]

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Pica8 Team

Is OpenFlow the Cornerstone of Differentiated Services?

September 8, 2015 | Pica8 Team | In the trenches with Steve

A key question our customers keep asking us is “How can SDN help me differentiate my company’s service offerings?” This is a key point. Any new technology needs a compelling reason to act, and if your business needs to grow, service differentiation is a way to achieve that growth. Technology, [...]

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