Company Overview

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.

Pica8 challenges the aged premise that hardware and software need to be tightly coupled. Our hardware-agnostic, Debian-based, and OpenFlow-supporting switching operating system--PicOS™--is loaded onto commoditized, or "white box" bare-metal switches purchased from our ODM (original design manufacturer) partners (including Accton and Quanta Computer). In a single package, you can leverage white box economics and our open operating system, with Pica8 providing full assistance for both.

Pica8 has over 280 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.

Learn more about our open switches and open networking, and join Pica8™ in the SDN revolution

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

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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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