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February 11, 2016 8:21 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; open network, OpenFlow, new software, and new platform solutions; and PicOS, a network operating system that supports switching, routing, Linux, and OpenFlow (SDN protocol). The company sells its products through authorized distribution and reselling partners worldwide. Pica8...

3528 Bryant Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306

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 2015.

Pica8 Inc. Key Developments

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.

Cavium and Pica8 Partner to Deliver Leading Edge Open Networking Solutions

Cavium Inc. announced that it has partnered with Pica8 to bring true software-defined network (SDN) solution using Pica8's OpenFlow-based PicOS network operating system (NOS) and Cavium's revolutionary XPliant switch chip. The combination of these technologies enables end users, switch manufacturers and system integrators to create customized SDN environments to meet business and application needs. Traditionally, switching ASIC pipelines have been fixed function and optimized for traditional 'client-server' environments, as a result they have limited flexibility in adapting the switch functionality needed to support varied SDN needs. Networks need to be flexible to conform to unpredictable application demands, driven by SaaS and cloud adoption. Cavium's programmable XPliant switching silicon is the missing building block in providing full programmability of SDN environments. The XPliant switch, combined with PicOS, the market leading OpenFlow-based NOS, gives customers greater granular control to program their infrastructure. Customers can now choose exactly the right switching characteristics, NOS, and SDN applications to meet specific business needs.

Kontron and Pica8 Inc. Collaborate on New SDN Infrastructure

Kontron and Pica8 Inc. introduced a partnership plan to integrate the PicOS network operating system (NOS) with Kontron SYMKLOUD converged modular servers that tightly unify compute, storage and redundant network switches in a ultra-scalable, compact platform. The Kontron philosophy to 'design COTS hardware for a software defined world' fits extremely well with the open networking pioneering spirit of Pica8. The collaboration is expected to open up new opportunities for telco cloud and cloud hosting providers who require full service agility from a single platform that supports both software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure. SYMKLOUD is the convergence of compute, storage, and dual 10GbE networking into a single, hyper-scalable, high-density modular 2U platform. As a hybrid design approach, SYMKLOUD incorporates the best of both carrier grade High Availability (HA) and standard IT COTS features. PicOS as a NOS on the SYMKLOUD modular, redundant 10GbE switches is interoperable with open SDN Controllers including those from OpenDaylight, Ryu, and ONOS. This greatly reduces the adoption risk of new technologies and minimizes integration complexities and delays. Pica8's PicOS NOS is driving service differentiation for over 450 customers globally, by uniquely incorporating both SDN and legacy switching and routing functionality into the same software. This unique ability ensures organizations can extend the investment of existing network environments while ushering in new service models with the best ROI using Kontron SYMKLOUD SDN-ready appliances. First trials of a SYMKLOUD SDN-ready platform featuring PicOS are targeted for first half of 2016.

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