Company Closes Series C Funding with $20M+ of New Investment to Complete Open Networking Alternative to Cisco in the Enterprise
In addition to closing the Series C funding, Pica8 adds three new board members to help move the company forward: Brad Bullington, Co-Founder & General Partner, Q6 Capital, and former-CEO of BridgeLux, who comes to Pica8 with 20+ years of executive management and investment experience in emerging technology categories; Ming Hsu, Managing Partner, Aspiro Capital Management; and Joyce Lee, Vice President, WI Harper Group.
“We could not be better positioned for the perfect storm of market trends that are attracting this new round of investment,” said James Liao, Founder and CEO of Pica8. “First, last year’s flurry of open networking M&A activity, led by the acquisitions of Cumulus and Big Switch, affirmed the magnitude and timing of the opportunity, while at the same time, making us the stand-alone banner carrier for end-to-end enterprise open networking. And enterprise open networking is key to handling the explosion of edge applications in IoT, automation, fintech, and smart infrastructure. This new investment allows us to serve notice to legacy networking vendors that an end-to-end – access edge, to campus, to private cloud data center — commercially supported Network Controller and Linux-based open networking solution for the enterprise are here. We’re not just a NOS anymore.”
“With Pica8 now the de facto technology and market leader in open networking for the enterprise – serving well over 1,000 customers today – this new funding round will allow the company to expand on the ‘triple play’ of: greater performance, feature robustness and lower cost, which are unavailable from legacy vendors,” said Brad Bullington, Co-Founder & General Partner, Q6 Capital, and new Pica8 Board member. “It will also allow them to lead the industry discussion on enabling enterprise-wide automation and promoting open networking disaggregation in the Enterprise.”
Pica8 is the world’s only complete, open network enterprise software solution on the market. A decade ago, it was the first company to offer a modern, disaggregated open networking alternative to tightly coupled legacy Ethernet switches when it released its Linux-based network operating system (NOS), PICOS®, running on a wide variety of white box and brite box ODM switches. Today, with well over 1,000 customers in 40+ countries, Pica8’s software solution is capable of replacing any enterprise network — access, campus, and private cloud data center — of any size from legacy companies like Cisco and Juniper. This solution comprises a number of elements, including the company’s AmpCon™ open network services controller, which includes applications for deployment, automation, visibility and policy control of large enterprise white box and brite box switch networks. Pica8 solutions can be ordered directly from Pica8, from Edge-Core Networks, or through a variety of global partners.
Pica8 is the industry’s open networking software alternative to Cisco for the enterprise. Pica8’s AmpCon™ Controller for centralized management and automation and PicOS® Software Switches for networking and security have successfully replaced Cisco DNA Center and Catalyst Switches for campus and access networks within Fortune 500 enterprises. Pica8 software is deployed at over 1,000 customers in over 40 countries.
Kelly LeBlanc, CMO, Pica8