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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 Extends SDN Leadership with the First OpenFlow 1.5 Implementation for White Box Switching

Pica8 Inc. announced that it has extended its leadership in SDN and OpenFlow programmability with the first white box NOS to support OpenFlow 1.5 through OVS 2.5. Available in PicOS 2.8, OpenFlow 1.5 adds support for egress tables, user-defined ordered lists, QoS features, and enhancements to TTP to include multicast tables that enable network operators to program their switching environment to better integrate with SDN applications. With PicOS 2.8, integrators, carriers, and CSPs can build SDN solutions using standard protocols and methodologies, drastically reducing the time required for customization and time to market. For example, Pica8 has worked with Luxar Tech and Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity to deliver an integrated, actionable analytics platform built with an SDN monitoring fabric. This solution includes network packet brokers and controllers from Luxar Tech, and the Net Sensor network probes and the Net Reporter analytics system from R&S, and combines these with OpenFlow and TTP for granular flow management along with the economics of white box switching. With this solution, customers can actively monitor their production networks without a performance impact, while getting greater visibility into performance and statistics. The openness and programmability of PicOS simplifies the integration of the hardware, software controller, application, and other solution components. In addition to performance monitoring for carriers, other customers are taking advantage of the programmability of PicOS to build SDN solutions for different use cases such as cloud service portals, live IP media broadcast networks, and access network solutions. These solutions will be demonstrated at Pica8’s booth 81 at the SDN World Congress in The Hague, Netherlands, October 10th – 14th, 2016. PicOS 2.8 is currently in limited beta release and will be available for GA in November.

Pica8 Inc. Selects STORDIS as Pan-European Distributor

Pica8 Inc. announced that it has named STORDIS, as its pan-European distributor. STORDIS will supply a growing customer base with Pica8’s software-defined networking (SDN) and white box networking products.

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.

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