What We Do
Pica8 is breaking barriers to truly customizable application performance through open networking. With its Linux-based PicOS™ network operating system, Pica8 empowers a wide variety of white box and brite box switches to enable easy integration with existing Layer-2 / Layer-3 networks and unlimited SDN scalability through OpenFlow. Since 2009, Pica8 has pioneered new open networking technologies such as Linux-based networking, CrossFlow networking, vASIC® and Table Type Patterns. Through ongoing innovation, Pica8 is a trusted brand that unlocks the potential of made-to-order networking, offering a mainstream alternative to legacy proprietary systems. Pica8 is a global company with over 500 customers, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Network Operating System
Pica8 pioneered disaggregation and open networking with PicOS™, our Linux network operating system (NOS). PicOS transforms a switch into a tunable platform, helping customers customize application performance and build differentiated services while eliminating hardware lock-in for improved flexibility and economics.
PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols with a rich Layer-2 and Layer-3 protocol stack, command-line configuration, automation, and full SDN programmability, giving our customers and partners the features and familiarity they need to build customized networks for their applications.
With PicOS, Pica8 simplifies and enables the transition to open networking with white box and brite box switching hardware. We make it easy by supporting a broad range of switching hardware through a growing list of hardware suppliers.
Customers can purchase PicOS as a software license or as an integrated package pre-loaded onto white box or brite box hardware.
OpenFlow and SDN Integration
Software is the key to customizing the network to create differentiated services that add value to your customers’ experience. Networks are moving to software-defined architectures for dynamic control, automated provisioning and new use cases.
Pica8 provides the foundation for your SDN project. We are the industry leader in OpenFlow, OVSDB, and other key APIs, and we support a wide variety of controllers, protocols and integration with third-party solutions. And it’s all delivered on top of your current network, so we protect your investment with seamless integration, not a painful migration.
WHAT'S A PICA ?
All great technology companies learn from Mother Nature, as we have at Pica8. A pica (Pee-KA; also spelled pika) is a small mammal known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow. We thought of the alarm call as network "signaling" and the idea of hares burrowing to form a nest as network "tunneling." We also incorporate an infinity sign as an eight, to signify infinite network scale. These capabilities are intuitive in nature, and represent what we are striving to achieve with Software Defined Networking (SDN).