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).
 
 
 
 

First switching, routing and SDN Linux network
operating system.

Available as a software license, on bare metal switches or pre-loaded systems.



Overview

Pica8® pioneered open networking with PicOS™, the first network operating system that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity bare metal switches. PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS).

Smooth integration of SDN--Choose how much and when
  • Switching and routing stack built on the XORP routing community (General public license now owned by Pica8)
  • Switching and routing support is key for easy integration into existing network topologies
  • PicOS delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS).
  • OVS provides the SDN functionality and northbound interface that DevOps users expect.
  • CrossFlow technology enables mixing of switching, routing and OpenFlow traffic
The best of both worlds --Choose how to manage
  • PicOS offers a comprehensive and flexible configuration management environment from either a Linux shell or feature rich command line interface (CLI).
  • PicOS runs as an application on an un-modified Linux kernel, automation tools such as CFEngine, Chef or Puppet run natively
  • Ensure rapid service provisioning through multiple open programming interfaces
Its software!--Choose how you want it delivered
  • PicOS is qualified on multiple bare metal switches and from a variety of manufacturers.
  • PicOS is easy to install, leveraging the open-source Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) boot loader as well as Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) tools
  • Licensing options include perpetual (one time), site, and pre-loaded systems where Pica8 delivers a fully integrated package

PicOS — Three Editions to Leverage

A base configuration starts with the Linux Switching OS package. For additional functionality, select either the Routing or OpenFlow Editions, or the PicOS Bundle depending on your use case.

Features Included
More info can be download from PicOS Datasheet
Required PicOS Editions
Linux Switching OS
Routing
OpenFlow
  • Network operation system using user space standard Debian Linux environment
  • Leverage vast array of standard Linux tools as a common management and operations framework
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) functionality coupled with ONIE delivers a true bare metal to application environment.
  • Rich Layer-2 protocol stack with MLAG, seamlessly integrating into existing architectures
  • Full Layer-2 & Layer-3 ACL support
  • IPv4 & IPv6 Static Routing




 
 
  • Rich OSPF and BGP protocol stacks integrating into existing spine / leaf architectures
  • IPv6 routing protocol support (OSPFv3, MBGP)
  • Multicast PIM support
  • NAT (depends on ASIC support)
  • VXLAN network virtualization (depends on ASIC support)






 
  • Leading OpenFlow 1.4 support through OVS 2.0
  • Deliver true seamless migration to SDN through CrossFlow mode (Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow simultaneously)
  • Leveraging OpenFlow to control MPLS, GRE, NVGRE or VXLAN tunnels, delivering on the promise of open programmability
  • Support for all major OpenFlow controllers (for example: OpenStack Neutron ML2, OpenDaylight, Ryu)




 




  • PicOS Bundle