PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pica8, the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), today announced it has entered into an original design manufacturing agreement with Accton Technology Corp, complementing Pica8’s relationship with Quanta Computer. The agreement represents another significant step taken by Pica8 in its new approach to providing customers with open network switches through a growing list of hardware vendors now qualified to operate PicOS™, Pica8’s open network OS.
“Pica8 has been at the forefront of productizing the horizontal integration model originally pioneered at some of the world’s most advanced and demanding cloud data centers,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “Today’s announcement marks the continuation of its execution toward enabling more open, customizable, and cost effective software-defined data center switches,” added Crehan.
Cloud and other data center applications have unique and specific demands that many vendors respond to by providing overpriced solutions bloated with features that these customers don’t need. By leveraging its hardware-independent OS, which is not tightly coupled to switching ASICs, CPU or memory hardware, Pica8 is building a new ecosystem of white box manufacturers that its customers can choose from depending on their form factor and functionality needs.
“By disrupting the supply chain of switch manufacturers and traditional pricing models, we’re bringing a PC model approach to networking so that customers don’t have to buy everything in essence from one vendor,” said Lin Du, vice president of engineering, Pica8. “For example, in cloud applications where your next server is just 20 feet away, you don’t need expensive features like an extended optic range drive on every port. Instead we’re introducing purpose-built, top-of-rack switches that are enabling customers to enjoy lower price points and still have the best solution for their overall stack.”
Leveraging its new relationship with Accton Technology, Pica8 is introducing the P-3922, a 48-port 10 GbE SFP+ base unit, with four 40 GbE QSFP+ or 16 10 GbE QSFP+ uplinks. The switch includes full function switching, routing, industry-leading OpenFlow support and open Debian Linux. The P-3922’s US list price is $15,900, and is available now and can be purchased through Pica8’s global network of resellers and system integrators. For more details, contact Pica8.
About Pica8, Inc.
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 Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com.