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 Networking (SDN).
 
 
 
 

Company Overview

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.

Learn more about our pre-loaded white box switches,
or network operating system for bare metal switches.

Pica8's Vision for Network Disaggregation

 

Pica8 Awards at a Glance


The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2015

Pica8 is riding the software wave and white-box switching trend by creating OS software for bare-metal switches.
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Pica8 Named an AlwaysOn Global 250 Company

Pica8 Selected by AlwaysOn as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner.
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Pica8 Receives 2015 SDN Excellence Award

PicOS Honored for Innovation.
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Pica8 Named an AlwaysOn OnCloud Top 100 Company

Pica8 was specially selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.
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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.
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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
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The Rayno Report (www.raynoreport.com) presents on overview of the major players in SDN

The Software Defined Network (SDN) Revolution: An Ecosystem Report
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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.
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Pica8 Named One of 10 Coolest Networking Startups of 2013 by Computer Reseller News

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13 SDN Startups To Keep An Eye On In 2013

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8 Enterprise Startups Creating A Brand-New, $4 Billion Market

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10 network virtualization, SDN and data center companies to watch

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