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® – The One-Stop Source for White Box Networking
Since 2009 Pica8 has pioneered the idea of open networking with PicOS™, the first Linux-based network operating system that enables customers to easily integrate Layer-2 / Layer-3 networking with software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity white box switches. Pica8’s leading “one stop” approach is driving rapid growth, and we have over 400 customers worldwide, including web services companies, global carriers, enterprises and leading research labs.
With skyrocketing traffic demands and the need to scale, traditional legacy-vended networking has proven to be increasingly inefficient: current architectures, comprised of disparate network devices, are difficult to provision and impossible to customize.
Pica8 challenges 20 years of proprietary, inflexible and costly networking by providing the world's first open switching system, which can be personalized to meet the needs of any application environment.
PicOS provides extensive support for traditional Layer-2 / Layer-3 switching and routing protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of OpenFlow. PicOS is the only Linux-based network operating system that supports an industry-standard CLI for Layer-2 / Layer-3, unmodified Linux, and OpenFlow 1.4. Pica8 makes white box adoption seamless by providing PicOS, on both pre-loaded switching hardware or as standalone software on a growing list of compatible white box switches.
Our corporate headquarters are located in Palo Alto, California, and our R&D facility is in Beijing, China, with sales and support offices worldwide.