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May 07, 2015 4:43 AM ET

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Company Overview of Pica8 Inc.

Company Overview

Pica8 Inc. develops and manufactures network switches. It offers its switches loaded with Xorplus, a network OS and switching software that supports various L2/L3 protocols the network users would need. The company also provides maintenance and support services through its resellers. In addition, it offers an open IP fabric solution that enables data centers to build network architecture with standard network protocols; and open network, OpenFlow, new software, and new platform solutions. The company sells its products through authorized distribution and reselling partners worldwide. Pica8 Inc. was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California with a development center in Beijing, Ch...

3528 Bryant Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306

United States

Founded in 2009



Key Executives for Pica8 Inc.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering
Head of North American Sales
Chief Architect
Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Pica8 Inc. Key Developments

Interface Masters Joins Pica8 Inc.’s Expanding Hardware Ecosystem

Pica8 Inc. announced that Interface Masters has joined Pica8’s hardware ecosystem. As a qualified ecosystem partner, Interface Masters will resell PicOS™, Pica8’s SDN-ready network operating system to complement its full portfolio of 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE data center switches for top-of-rack (ToR) and spine deployments. PicOS is the first bare-metal-compatible network operating system that enables customers to seamlessly migrate from conventional networking to SDN. PicOS delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS). Pica8’s switching and routing support contributes to easy integration and adoption into existing network topologies, while OVS provides the SDN functionality and northbound interface that DevOps users expect. PicOS offers a comprehensive and flexible configuration management environment from either a Linux shell or command line interface (CLI). PicOS has gained in popularity as an application on an unmodified Linux kernel because it natively leverages network automation tools such as Chef or Puppet, which are popular with server and system administrators.

Pica8 Introduces CrossFlow Networking

Pica8 Inc. announced CrossFlow Networking, a new capability in its PicOS bare metal switch operating system that allows users to seamlessly integrate OpenFlow-based applications and business-logic policies into their existing Layer-2 /Layer-3 networks. Traditional networks move traffic based upon Layer-2 /Layer-3 networking protocols, while an OpenFlow-based network uses a different protocol and set of rules to define network behavior based upon custom policies. While both of these approaches have their benefits, customers are facing CapEx and operational challenges of building, provisioning, and maintaining these networks independently. Pica8 brings these worlds together through CrossFlow. With this unique capability, customers can run Layer-2 /Layer-3 protocols and OpenFlow on the same switch at the same time. With CrossFlow, users can leverage OpenFlow for diverse, policy-driven applications to drive business logic into the network, while leveraging their network topology and Layer-2 /Layer-3 protocols like OSPF and BGP for the most efficient packet transport and performance. Some sample use cases include: In a traditional data center that uses Layer-2 /Layer-3 switching and routing, monitoring and tapping can be done on the switches with rules triggered by the OpenFlow protocol; In an OpenFlow data center, the edge devices need to interact with traditional switching/routing devices (using spanning tree, OSPF, BGP, and other Layer-2 /Layer-3 protocols); Available in PicOS 2.4, CrossFlow allows every port in the bare metal switch the ability to act as either a legacy or a CrossFlow port. A legacy port uses traditional Layer-2 /Layer- 3 switch (OVS) commands can be used, either locally via OVS commands or via an SDN controller using OpenFlow and OVSDB. With CrossFlow, customers can accelerate their SDN adoption and flexibility with OpenFlow, while reducing operational complexity and significantly driving down CapEx with a traditional Layer-2 /Layer-3 network topology.

Pica8 Hires Niraj Jain as Vice President of Business Development

Pica8 announced it has expanded the leadership team in its Palo Alto headquarters by hiring Niraj Jain as vice president of business development. Niraj Jain comes to Pica8 with an extensive background in bringing leverage to technology companies. He has more than 15 years of experience in business strategy, shaping winning go-to-market initiatives, channel development and solutions/ecosystem partnerships, and was previously vice president of business development at Vocera Communications. He has also led business strategy for Mediated Systems, SAN Valley Systems, and 3Com, in addition to senior positions in strategic planning and advanced technology development at Prodigy Services Company and Philips Labs.

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