Introduction of P-3297 switch extends Pica8’s lead in its ability to deliver an unmatched breadth of bare metal switches optimized for many data center applications and conditions
“Widespread adoption of any new technology takes time, and a common hurdle is simply the breadth of available product,” says
"Pica8's go-to-market strategy leveraging bare-metal white box switches mirrors the competitive nature of cloud services to deliver the highest quality service and the lowest possible costs," says
Pica8 has assembled a growing roster of original design manufacturers (ODM) now qualified to operate PicOS™ 2.2, Pica8’s OpenFlow-based open network OS, over their hardware. PicOS runs standards-based Layer 2 / Layer 3 protocols with industry-leading OpenFlow 1.3 / Open vSwitch (OVS) 2.0 integration. Its graphical user interface ensures that programming OVS is easy.
The P-3297, designed with a large TCAM, doubles the available memory space for OpenFlow rules, thereby dramatically increasing the scale of Broadcom Trident-based hardware and ensuring that it can be used by the OpenFlow community. Pica8 offers broad tuning of the TCAM, giving users the granular control they need to optimize flows.
"The IT infrastructure depends on its core network components. The concept of white box networking equipment is evolving and developing hand in hand with network virtualization. While existing network equipment has been tried and tested, commodity networking platforms have yet to prove their merits in production environments. Also customers need backward compatibility. Major design shifts take time and require an integration of old and new. Pica8 is providing a turnkey approach that enables IT shops to experiment with both bare metal switches and new technologies such as OpenFlow without having to build it all from scratch. At the same time they are providing support at Layer 2 / Layer 3 to ensure backward compatibility with existing IT infrastructures," says
Additional details on the P-3297 can be found here. The P-3297 is available now with PicOS version 2.1.3 and lists at
Pica8’s Linux network operating system version 2.2 is in early release and available here.
Since 2009, Pica8 has been transforming the data center by providing the world’s first open switching system, which can be personalized to fit any application environment. A pioneer in the software-defined networking (SDN) revolution, Pica8’s PicOS™, its externally programmable switching operating system runs on commodity, bare-metal switches made by ODM partners to provide the ultimate in cost savings. In a single package, costs are slashed, and customization for the data center becomes a promise fulfilled. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in
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