PicOS is our market-leading network operating system software for white box switches.

PicOS eliminates vendor lock-in by delivering open, hardware-agnostic networking. Built on Linux, PicOS incorporates a full Layer-2 and Layer-3 feature set with support for OpenFlow, OVSDB, and other key SDN protocols. PicOS enables customers to deliver differentiated network applications and services on white box switches.


PicOS features vASIC®, a hardware abstraction technology that simplifies the process of supporting new hardware platforms, and it’s built on an unmodified Debian Linux kernel, making it easy for users to develop and integrate network applications.

Key Features

PicOS includes:
  • A Layer-2 protocol stack featuring MLAG
  • Full Layer-3 protocol support including OSPF, BGP and multicast
  • Support for OpenFlow, OVSDB, and key SDN protocols
  • Integration with market-leading SDN controllers including HP VAN, ONOS, OpenDaylight, and Ryu
  • Simple device provisioning and management via ZTP, CLI, DevOps automation tools, and a standard Linux shell


PicOS is obtained through an easy one-time, perpetual software license model.

You can choose from three PicOS editions: switching, routing, and OpenFlow (see PicOS Editions table below).

PicOS is certified to run on white box switch hardware from our hardware compatibility list.

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
Required PicOS Editions
Base Switching Features [ + ]
  • 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
Routing Features [ + ]
  • 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)
SDN and OpenFlow Features [ + ]
  • Leading OpenFlow 1.4 support through OVS 2.3
  • 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)



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