Scaling up SDNs using TTPs (Table Type Patterns)
March 17, 2016 | Sudhir Modali
Software defined networking (SDN) solutions have been in the labs for a while, primarily to explore functionality and understand what possible benefit they could bring to current infrastructure and operations. Over the past couple years, SDN has emerged as a strong alternative for IT operations in the areas of WAN, [...]
What Would You Do With Two Million Flows?
February 29, 2016 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN
Today, Pica8 announced support for Table Type Patterns (TTP) in PicOS, our leading SDN operating system. The premise of this announcement is that with TTP, network engineers and operators can now implement SDN at greater scale – in some cases, up to two million flows (a 1,000x increase from previous [...]
Getting Back to Basics with SDN
February 1, 2016 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN
Typically when things start to get complicated, we talk about getting ‘back to basics’. The premise, of course, is to better compartmentalize, keep things in simple, digestible chunks, and not lose sight of the fundamentals. For instance, if you’re not hitting the golf ball straight, it’s because you’ve incorporated too much [...]
Adding a Full API to PicOS
October 13, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster
Pica8′s PicOS is a Linux network OS based on Debian. This makes it easy for our customers to integrate their own tools or applications within PicOS. We are compatible with all the leading DevOps tools, such as Puppet, Chef, and Salt; and of course, we support OpenFlow. But what if you [...]
Is OpenFlow the Cornerstone of Differentiated Services?
September 8, 2015 | Calvin Chai | In the trenches with Steve
A key question our customers keep asking us is “How can SDN help me differentiate my company’s service offerings?” This is a key point. Any new technology needs a compelling reason to act, and if your business needs to grow, service differentiation is a way to achieve that growth. Technology, [...]
Are white box switches less secure?
September 3, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster
Are white box switches less secure than proprietary alternative switches like Juniper or Cisco? Gregory Pickett, Founder of Hellfire Security, did a presentation about white box security during the last Black Hat conference, triggering a multitude of news articles which we will analyse in this post. Without dwelling on the all [...]
Which SDN Camp Are You Going To?
July 7, 2015 | Calvin Chai | In the trenches with Steve
Its summer! And that usually means most people go on vacation and in my house at least, that means we go camping at least once. We recently went to Camp Mather, up in the Sierras near Yosemite. At the camp, you can stay in the tent section, or the cabin section. [...]
How More Services Providers Are Thinking ‘Outside In’
June 23, 2015 | Calvin Chai | Musings on SDN
June usually signals two things in my household: the end of the school year, and the beginning of the trips to the multiplex for the latest family-friendly animated movie. This year is no different, and from everything we’ve heard, Disney / Pixar’s latest entrant, Inside Out, is a winner. While animated [...]
The White Box SDN Twitter 45
June 2, 2015 | Calvin Chai | In the trenches with Steve
With SDN and white box news flying fast and furious through the Internet, it can be hard to keep up with really great articles. Twitter is a great place to monitor breaking White Box and SDN news, but where do you start? This blog presents a list of 45 top [...]
Demystifying myths in the networking industry
April 17, 2015 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster
I have great respect for my previous company, Cisco Systems, and truly believe that the company has successfully brought a disruptive approach of applying network technologies to answer major business challenges. Working at Cisco was like being conferred with an honorary doctorate from an Ivy League school in engineering, management, leadership [...]