Application Partners

More customers are using white box networking to build unique solutions and use cases. Whether it’s working with OpenFlow, SDN controllers, co-development via an API, or contributing to an open source project, Pica8 is working with a variety of solution development partners to drive innovation and adoption in the market.


These partners are using Pica8 as a programmable and tuneable platform, running their applications as part of a Software Defined Networking solution.

Broadcom BroadView™ is a software suite that offers programmable access to switch internals in a fast and scalable manner. It facilitates dataplane tasks such as monitoring, congestion control and advanced troubleshooting. Offered as open source for faster innovation and easier integration, BroadView offers rich congestion analytics by facilitating real-time gathering of telemetry. Advanced packet tracing features of BroadView deliver unprecedented visibility into packet flows, reducing complexity and increasing optimization of network resources.

Click here to learn more about Pica8’s PicOS integration with BroadView

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CPLANE’s software-only solution automates creation of network services with a highly intelligent SDN platform. With CPLANE’s solution, network services are created automatically with a drag-and-drop UI, or without any human intervention through APIs. Through advanced discovery, modeling and service orchestration, CPLANE automates infrastructure configuration and management of data center and wide area networks as well as higher-level functions such as network virtualization, routing, policy and QoS.

ECODE Networks fosters network innovation through Network Orchestration by abstraction. Although Enterprises and data centers are the prime area of focus, our orchestration techniques are also applied to the Cloud industry. Traditional networks are configured with functions distributed across devices from multiple vendors – a complex and inefficient approach with a high CapEx/OpEx model. ECODE’s network orchestration enables creation and provisioning of a dynamic network profile based on user intent, thereby reducing Capex and automating operations.

Elbrys’ vision is to deliver DevOps solutions for the network engineering community based on OpenDaylight.

Founded in 2011, KulCloud Inc., is a SDN (Software Defined Network) product development firm as well as SDN solution provider. In 2012, KulCloud was the first Korean company to announce availability of a highly scalable SDN Controller platform, MuL. The company currently also offers a commercial variant of its controller platform that can run multiple SDN applications. It ships with advanced OpenFlow 1.3.x features – (MPLS, QoS, QinQ, IPv6 , HA etc) and offers best-in class scalability/stability.

Midokura’s vision is to provide a more flexible, customizable and adaptable network infrastructure for companies worldwide through network virtualization. It is Midokura’s mission to unleash the full power of an organization’s networks while reducing physical network and management costs – by adding Midokura’s virtualization software layer onto enterprise, data center and government machines, in turn scaling to hundreds of thousands of virtual ports from a single physical network.

OpenContrail is an Apache 2.0-licensed project that is built using standards-based protocols and provides all the necessary components for network virtualization–SDN controller, virtual router, analytics engine, and published northbound APIs. It has an extensive REST API to configure and gather operational and analytics data from the system. Built for scale, OpenContrail can act as a fundamental network platform for cloud infrastructure.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.

Open Source Projects

Pica8 is a member of and contributes to several open source projects and initiatives.

Atrium is an open SDN software distribution. It is designed to help the networking industry more easily adopt open SDN by integrating established open source SDN software with some critical connecting pieces. Atrium incorporates the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), and Open Compute Project (OCP) components. The software elements run in either controllers or switches, communicating via the OpenFlow® protocol, and include plugin opportunities for other switching solutions to help foster an open ecosystem of interoperable, hardware-based OpenFlow® switches.

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The ONOS™ project was formed to pursue our vision of what networking could be for the public good. ONOS has the vision of what networking could be through the promise of Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN separates the control plane from the data plane, freeing software innovation cycles to become independent of hardware innovation cycles. SDN accelerates Internet and Cloud innovation while significantly reducing the costs of building and operating networks.

OpenDaylight (ODL) is a highly available, modular, extensible, scalable and multi-protocol controller infrastructure built for SDN deployments on modern heterogeneous multi-vendor networks. It provides a model-driven service abstraction platform that allows users to write apps that easily work across a wide variety of hardware and southbound protocols.

OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies, making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure. OpenStack has a strong ecosystem, and users seeking commercial support can choose from different OpenStack-powered products and services in the Marketplace. OpenStack software is built by a thriving community of developers, in collaboration with users.

Ryu is a component-based software defined networking (SDN) framework. Ryu provides software components with a well-defined API that makes it easy for developers to create new network management and control applications. Ryu supports various protocols for managing network devices, such as OpenFlow, Netconf, OF-config, etc. Ryu fully supports OpenFlow 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and Nicira Extensions. All of the code is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license.

Open Network Communities

Pica8 is a strong supporting of the principles of open networking. We are active contributors and members of several foundations related to open networking and technology.

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a rapidly growing community of engineers whose mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. We believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing operational complexity in the scalable computing space. The Open Compute Project Foundation provides a structure in which individuals and organizations can share their intellectual property with Open Compute Projects.

Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a user-driven organization dedicated to the promotion and adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through open standards development. ONF emphasizes an open, collaborative development process that is driven from the end-user perspective. Our signature accomplishment to date is introducing the OpenFlow® Standard, which enables remote programming of the forwarding plane. The OpenFlow® Standard is the first SDN standard and is a vital element of an open software-defined network architecture.