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® 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.

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

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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