Kontron integrates Pica8 NOS on new 100G SYMKLOUD platform for multiple NFV core, edge and access solutions

Supports legacy networking protocols and SDN OpenFlow

Palo Alto, CANovember 7, 2017

Montreal, Canada and Palo Alto, Calif. November 7, 2017 –Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, and Pica8 , a leading vendor of white box switch software, today announced another milestone in their partnership. With the recent launch of the SYMKLOUD MS2920 100GbE converged infrastructure platform, Kontron will market the 2U platform fully integrated and ‘out-of-the-box’ with the Pica8 PICOS network operating system for both autonomous L2/L3 and software defined networking (SDN) deployments.

For wireless operators, this alleviates any heavy lifting with regards to bare metal switching integration with SYMKLOUD hardware. This is of special interest for service providers seeking to deploy virtualized multi-access mobile backhaul services using SDN and NFV technologies.

The SYMKLOUD MS2920 can be used in multiple use cases across access, edge and certain core network functions but, more specifically, it’s ideal for vRAN applications that need to support very high density, multi-access service areas that require 100 GbE connectivity.  In this use case, SDN can be a means to reduce complexity and provide better control via automation across multiple data centers and/or central offices.

“This collaboration is a clear validation that service providers are seeking a greater level of networking freedom,” said Niraj Jain, vice president of business development at Pica8. “We are excited for this next phase of bare metal open switching with Kontron and the corollary software defined 100GbE use cases.”

“This has been a long-awaited project that finally has come to fruition,” said Benoit Robert, VP Strategy & Marketing, Kontron. “As PICOS is interoperable with a majority of SDN controllers and can also stitch OpenFlow into traditional switching and routing networks, service providers are keen to take advantage of NFV and SDN platforms that are open and already neatly integrated and continuously maintained.”

The SYMKLOUD MS2920 platform features two modular, redundant, hot-swappable 100GbE switches based on Broadcom technology. Each switch is designed with management and serial ports plus three front I/O connectors each capable of 40G or 100G QSFP28 inputs. Traffic is split between 4x 10GbE data plane traffic and 1GbE control plane traffic to each independent server/processor across any of the MS2920’s nine modular nodes. The two switches can communicate with each other via a 40GbE crossconnect. The MS2920 is the latest in the MS2900 Series of platforms offered with 1GbE, 10GbE, and 20GbE switching the fabric.

The MS2920 100GbE platform featuring the PICOS NOS is available now.

Please contact Kontron, Communication Business for pricing and more details.

Kontron at Africacom 2017

Speak with Kontron about the MS2920 100GbE platform with PICOS NOS and many other hardware/software NFV/SDN solutions at Africacom – November 7-9, 2017 – at Stand #A100 in the Connectivity Hall.

Book a dedicated meeting here.


About Pica8, Inc.

Pica8 is breaking barriers to truly customizable application performance through open networking. With its Linux-based PICOS™ network operating system, Pica8 enables custom traffic engineering and empowers white box and brite box switches to integrate easily with existing Layer 2/Layer 3 autonomous networking. Since 2009, Pica8 has pioneered new open networking technologies such as Linux-based networking, OpenFlow and CrossFlow™ networking, vASIC® and Table Type Patterns. Through ongoing innovation, Pica8 is a trusted brand that unlocks the potential of made-to-order networking, offering a mainstream alternative to legacy proprietary systems. For more information, visit www.pica8.com or follow us on Twitter @pica8.

About Kontron in Communications

Kontron designs hardware for the software defined world. Service providers and enterprise clients around the globe collaborate with Kontron and its ISV and channel partners to deploy new services with greater speed, confidence and operational efficiency. Our portfolio is a best-of-breed of OEM hardware and SYMKLOUD Open Infrastructure Platforms dedicated to the deployment of virtual services using software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For more information, please visit www.symkloud.com or www.kontron.com/communications.

About Kontron – An S&T Company

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com

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About Pica8

Pica8 pioneered the modern disaggregated open networking alternative to tightly coupled legacy network software and hardware by releasing the industry’s first Debian-based Linux network operating system (NOS), PICOS®, running on a wide variety white box and brite box switches. Today, over 1,000 customers in 40+ countries depend on Pica8’s proven, mainstream alternative to earlier proprietary legacy networks. PICOS and PicaPilot are available directly from Pica8 and through a variety of strategic global partners. For more information, visit www.pica8.com and/or follow us on Twitter @pica8.

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