July 31, 2016 3:09 AM ET

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Company Overview of Pica8 Inc.

Company Overview

Pica8 Inc. develops networking platforms. It provides PicOS, a network operating system software for white box switches; and pre-loaded white box switches. The company allows various white box and brite box switches to enable integration with existing layer-2/layer-3 networks and SDN scalability through OpenFlow. It markets and sells its products through authorized resellers worldwide. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California. It has a development center in Beijing, China.

1032 Elwell Court

Suite 105

Palo Alto, CA 94303

United States

Founded in 2009





Key Executives for Pica8 Inc.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering
Head of North American Sales
Chief Architect
Vice President of Business Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Pica8 Inc. Key Developments

Pica8 Inc. Joins HPE SDN Ecosystem

Pica8 Inc. announced that its PicOS network operating system (NOS) has been added and validated in HPE’s networking SDN ecosystem. As a full ecosystem partner, Pica8’s PicOS now supports applications in the HPE SDN App Store, making it easy for enterprise customers to build customized SDN solutions using open, best-of-breed applications. HPE launched its SDN App Store to foster development and innovation for applications and also provide turnkey SDN solutions for its customers. Pica8’s PicOS NOS powers HPE Altoline switches in conjunction with HPE’s VAN SDN Controller to provide policy-based networking under OpenFlow. This combination provides the foundation for compelling end-to-end SDN solutions to meet customers’ IT requirements such as network visualization and monitoring, network segmentation, load balancing, traffic engineering, and security. Pica8 Simplifies SDN App Store Deployment for the Enterprise: One of the challenges for SDN deployment in the enterprise is finding the expertise to integrate multi-vendor solutions. Pica8 is working with HPE and other vendors in the app store community to simplify this effort by validating apps, the infrastructure and software, and providing more detailed step-by-step guidance on how to get these apps up and deployed in a production environment. As demand grows for SDN apps, Pica8 will continue to work with HPE, vendors, and customers to ensure that these applications are validated and work as advertised.

Pica8 Inc. Introduces PicOS 2.7.1, Delivering Scale and Flow Management Capabilities on White Box Switches for Cloud and Data Center Infrastructure

Pica8 Inc. introduced the first network operating system support for 25/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking. PicOS supports ultra-fast networking on switches based on Cavium’s XPliant and Broadcom’s Tomahawk switch ASICs. These enhancements are incorporated into PicOS 2.7.1, which is now shipping on 100GbE white box switches from Edgecore Networks and Inventec. In addition, PicOS 2.7.1 introduces AdvanceFlow, a set of features for more granular flow management and optimization that allows customer to achieve greater scale. This includes larger tables for L3 flows, controls for specifying hardware vs. software flows, and better integration of L2 and L3 tables into the memory tables of the switch. These enhancements, along with the recent introduction of Table Type Patterns (see Pica8 Unlocks Last Open Networking Black Box at OCP), further solidify Pica8 as a brand leader in SDN scale and optimization for large-scale service provider deployments.

Pica8 Inc. Names Dan Tuchler as Vice President of Product Management

Pica8 Inc. announced the appointment of Dan Tuchler as vice president of product management. Tuchler comes to Pica8 with more than 25 years of executive experience in networking, ASICs, and virtualization. Prior to joining Pica8, Tuchler was a product management executive at many startups, including Alteon Websystems, Blade Network Technologies, Force10 Networks, Mellanox Technologies, and Vyatta, and he consulted with Cavium/Xpliant on go-to-market strategies for the company’s switching ASIC.

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