Time to Overhaul Your Campus Network
May 9, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint
Over the last few years cloud service providers have steadily adopted white-box Ethernet switches and modern, flexible Network Operating Systems into their ecosystems. Mega data center operators, such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, have replaced their proprietary gear with white boxes in their production environments. The major benefit of this [...]
A Road to Open Networking: Focused Deliverables, Measurable ROI, Same Sheet of Music
April 20, 2017 | Don DeRisi | SDN Future is Now
Every day at Pica8 we are supporting a global customer base involved in creative, leading–edge applications using the PicOS NOS on white box switches. We develop the software to meet the latest challenges of complex protocol sets, high performance switching requirements and operational demands. We often face the RFI/RFQ that appears [...]
What does it mean that Cisco will sell Software?
March 30, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint
Our friend Cisco made a big announcement this week - “Cisco has built a new networking operating system that will allow users to run its most sophisticated networking features on older and lower cost Cisco routers and switches”. We welcome and are in fact quite excited about this change. This validates the [...]
White Box Switches Have Grown Up
March 10, 2017 | James Liao | An SDN Leader's Viewpoint
White box switches have come a long way. The recent activities in OCP validate the vision and progress of white box switches, and more importantly it is clear that this trend is progressing from data centers to enterprises. I remember when Zeus Kerravala wrote in his 2016 article, “White Box [...]
Scaling up SDNs using TTPs (Table Type Patterns)
March 17, 2016 | Sudhir Modali | SDN Mythbuster
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 | Pica8 Team | 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 | Pica8 Team | 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 | Pica8 Team | 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 [...]