Simplified deployment and lifecycle automation at 1/200th legacy cost; open networking
Threshold creates a complete network out of white box or brite box switches, by offering a centralized point of management and higher availability than legacy solutions for management, control and data planes. In addition, Threshold features automated deployment, configuration, management, monitoring, alerting and system logs to simplify network administration.
“With Threshold, Pica8 has removed virtually all of the legacy stacking issues network administrators have faced,” stated Bob Laliberte, Practice Director and Senior Analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group. “The combination of flexibility, reliability, and scalability, as well as being offered at a fraction of the price of legacy equipment, ensures that Threshold will be viewed as a significant value.”
Pica8 designed Threshold with five open-network industry firsts. Threshold’s AmpCon™ Enterprise Automation Framework comprises the first automation solution explicitly designed for enterprise data networks that run on open switches. For example, its GUI includes a Quick Start Mode that allows even an intern to turn on and configure a thousand or more remote switches without any possibility of human error due to the solution’s network automation templates that are customized into the GUI for each network. AmpCon™ also provides full ongoing network lifecycle management capabilities, including license maintenance, configurable security controls, and so on.
“Pica8’s Threshold is ideal for enterprises that have multiple locations including Fortune 1000 companies, state and local governments and educational institutions,” said Brian Henderson, Director, Dell EMC Networking & Solutions. “Its ease of use makes open switches and network technology more accessible to customers. With its automation framework, no programming expertise is required to turn on and configure any number of remote switches, allowing administrators to easily deploy Dell EMC open networks of any size.”
PicaPilotPro™ comprises a new set of features that have been integrated into Pica8’s PICOS® Linux-based NOS, including three network industry firsts: open networking port-aggregation “alternatives” that allow for switch stack replacement, IDF solution replacement and chassis switch replacement. PicaPilotPro is included with PICOS at no additional cost. It is controlled by an easy-to-use web interface and allows organizations to deploy complete white box network alternatives to switch stacks, IDFs and chassis switches for the first time.
Finally, as part of Threshold, PICOS now comes with Native Packet Steering Functionality, the first of its kind, which leverages Pica8’s integrated Open vSwitch and unique dual control plane – L2/L3 + OpenFlow/SDN — CrossFlow™ functionality. This allows PICOS to redirect switch data flows directly to analytics or security platforms – without touching switch access control lists (ACLs) — drop suspicious data flows, as well as filter and/or replicate flows.
“Threshold actually elevates the entire enterprise open networking industry across a new ‘threshold,’ moving it from being a point-solution provider of white box and brite box open switches to being a provider of entire open networks, and breaking the legacy network vendor’s economic model in the process,” said Jeff Paine, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pica8. “With Threshold, Pica8 gives enterprises a modern take on networking that will carry these organizations well into the future, and with incentives, ROI begins quickly.”
Pica8 was the first company to market 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 white box and brite box ODM switches. Today, with well over 1,000 customers in 40+ countries, Pica8 offers the only open networking solution portfolio capable of replacing any enterprise access and campus network from legacy companies like Cisco and Juniper. This portfolio is anchored by Pica8’s new AmpCon™ automation framework – the only open networking automation framework on the market for access and campus data networks – as well as the world’s only open networking replacement solutions for switch stacks, IDFs, and chassis switches, PicaPilotPro. Ideal for SLED customers – State and Local government and Education – through Fortune 1000 enterprises, Pica8 solutions can be ordered directly from Pica8, from Dell EMC field sales, or through a variety of other global partners.