What's in a name?
All great technology companies learn
from Mother Nature, as we have at
Pica8. A pika (Pee-KA; also spelled
pica) 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
Pica8® pioneered open networking with PicOS™, the first Linux-based network operating system that enables customers to easily integrate conventional networking with software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity bare metal switches. At Pica8 we are challenging 20 years of proprietary, inflexible and costly networking by providing the world's first open switching system, which you can personalize to meet the needs of any application environment.
As traffic demands skyrocket and data centers must scale, traditional legacy-vended networking has proven increasingly inefficient: current architectures, comprised of disparate network devices, are difficult to provision and impossible to customize. Software-defined networking (SDN) is the solution because it abstracts the network data plane from the control plane, enabling you to easily address all network services through myriad external programming interfaces. Your data center network can now be customized, personalized.
PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS). Pica8 can provide PicOS, switching hardware through a growing list of hardware ecosystem partners or both in a fully integrated package as part of an end-to-end data center SDN solution, and makes adopting SDN easy with a Starter Kit that enables deployment in hours rather than months.
Pica8 has over 350 customers worldwide, including web services companies, global carriers, and leading research labs. Our corporate headquarters are located in Palo Alto, California, and our R&D facility is in Beijing, China, with sales and support offices worldwide.
Pica8 Overview with TelecomTV
Pica8 Awards at a Glance
Pica8 Named an AlwaysOn Global 250 Company
Pica8 was specially selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
Pica8 Named an AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 Company
Pica8’s unique approach to bringing SDN to companies everywhere by combining white box switches and our Debian-based OS
The Rayno Report (www.raynoreport.com) presents on overview of the major players in SDN
The Software Defined Network (SDN) Revolution: An Ecosystem Report
Pica8 is selected by AlwaysOn as one of the OnDemand Companies to Watch
Recognized for creating new opportunities in on-demand software, cloud computing and SaaS.
Pica8 Named One of 10 Coolest Networking Startups of 2013 by Computer Reseller News
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