Company Overview

What We Do

Since 2009, Pica8 is the one-stop source for white box networking, enabling organizations and original equipment manufacturers to easily integrate software-defined networking (SDN) and conventional networking using commodity switches. Pica8’s solutions enable real time, hands free provisioning that fits today’s complex networks and scales with them to enable transformation. Pica8 is a global company with over 500 customers, and headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Network Operating System

Pica8 has pioneered disaggregation and open networking with PicOS™, our Linux network operating system (OS). PicOS transforms a switch into a tunable platform, helping customers build differentiated services while eliminating hardware lock in for improved white box 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 support full SDN programmability, giving our customers and partners the features and familiarity they need to build networks for their applications.

White Box

With PicOS, Pica8 simplifies and enables the transition to open networking with white box 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 hardware.

OpenFlow and SDN Integration

Software is the key to customizing the network to create differentiated services, which 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 support a wide variety of controllers, protocols and integration with third-party solutions. And it’s all delivered on top of the same network, so we protect your investment with seamless integration, not a painful migration.


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).