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Pica8’s Breakthrough Networking Technologies

Pica8’s breakthrough networking technologies have revolutionized both ease of use and business return for today’s largest enterprise data networks. While the value of open white- and brite-box networking in data center leaf-spine architectures is now well established, delivering that value in a solution consumable in the rest of the enterprise — campus and access networks – required us to develop the world’s first end-to-end reference architecture for open campus networks – Threshold™.

To implement the Threshold whole-network replacement vision, Pica8 has now offers a number of new capabilities that cannot be found anywhere else,  including the only open networking alternative to legacy switch stacks, IDFs and chassis switches; AmpCon™, the world’s only open networking automation framework for campus and access networks; and CrossFlow™, the industry’s first intent-based-networking (IBN) solution for open networks.

The days of open networking’s NOS-on-a-Box past are now gone, replaced by cost-effective, modern, fully automated campus and access networks crafted exclusively from white- and brite-box open switches — from companies like Dell EMC – that are operated and managed by Pica8’s Linux-based open software.

Threshold builds on Pica8’s proven PICOS® NOS, the only open NOS with a fully competitive enterprise feature set, and then layers on AmpCon and CrossFlow to create a complete, centrally managed network of white box or brite box switches. Ideal for Fortune 1000; state and local government; and education networks, Pica8 network solutions feature automated deployment, configuration, monitoring, alerting and system logs to simplify network operations and lifecycle management.

In fact, a major part of Pica8’s mission is to massively simplify campus and access networks.

For example, while AmpCon is a full-on competitor to legacy automation solutions like Cisco’s DNA Center, it is far simpler to use – an intern with zero programming expertise can successfully turn on and configure 1,000 or more switches – and comes at a special introductory price that is less than the sales tax of legacy offerings. And Pica8 radically simplifies both the operation and maintenance of the switch stacks and chassis switches it is replacing. Like them, it is managed as a single IP address. Unlike them, it not only eliminates any requirement for Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) – it offers more reliable, active-active redundancy – but failed switches can be replaced by anyone who happens to be in the office.

We’re basically showing legacy enterprise switch stacks and chassis switches the door.

What’s more, Pica8 gives you something no other networking vendor of any kind can, open intent-based networking via the ability to run both L2/L3 and “classic” SDN OpenFlow control planes on every switch port in a network at the same time via CrossFlow. With CrossFlow, for example, enterprises can – for the first time – apply granular policy and security updates to any/all ports in their networks, or redirect suspicious flows to analytics or security appliances – all in real time without any interruptions to the networks. (And, yes, all of this is completely compatible with legacy networking infrastructure.)

In short, with Pica8, enterprise customers can crush their ease of use problems, build in virtually unlimited expansion capability, and improve the reliability, performance and security capabilities of their networks all at the same time. And, in doing so, they’ve also stepped away from any form of vendor-lock and have fully future–proofed their network investment. The fact that these solutions also come with the full economic benefits of the disaggregated white box model is simply a bonus.


SLED – (State/Local Government & Education)


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