Pica8 First to Offer Free Trial of Network OS as it Looks to Lower Barriers to Adoption for Software Defined Networking

Operating system available in three license editions delivering the right tools for the right job

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--Pica8®, Inc., the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), today announced a new initiative to simplify adoption of Linux-based network operating systems (OS) available on bare metal switches by enabling users to download Pica8’s network OS for free. Pica8 pioneered open networking when it introduced PicOS™, the first network OS that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to SDN using commodity switches.

“By offering a free-trial download of PicOS, we want to demonstrate that high-performance network hardware and software can be bought separately, just the as server industry has successfully shown through its supply chain model for many years,” said Olivier Vautrin, head of Product Line Management for Pica8.

PicOS is easy to install, leveraging the open-source Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) boot loader, as well as Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) tools that simplify the on-boarding of PicOS on pre-qualified bare metal switches. A PicOS license can be turned on at any time, enabling the user to have full access to the hardware as well as having service and support bundled for a fully integrated package. Licensing options include perpetual (one time), site, and pre-loaded systems.

“Offering free trial downloads of its PicOS operating system lowers the barrier to entry for organizations wanting to explore SDN,” said Brad Casemore, director of research for datacenter networks at IDC. “Pica8 recognizes that SDN is still a relatively new development for many customers, and it’s trying to make the transition easier and more cost-effective with a full-featured OS that runs on a number of bare-metal switches.”

PicOS is the first bare metal compatible network operating system that enables customers to seamlessly and easily integrate conventional networking and SDN. PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols that is extendable by SDN and OpenFlow capacity through Pica8’s Open-vSwitch (OVS) implementation. PicOS offers a unique, comprehensive and flexible configuration management environment from either a Linux shell, a feature-rich command line interface (CLI) or a comprehensive set of APIs (JSON RPC and OpenFlow). PicOS runs as an application in user space in an un-modified Linux kernel, leveraging kernel thread protection and compatibility with DevOps tools such as Chef and Puppet that are popular with server and system administrators.

Those wishing to deploy PicOS can choose from a wide selection of qualified bare metal switches or obtain the OS as pre-loaded from the following Hardware Ecosystem Partners and Open Networking suppliers.

A base configuration starts with the Linux Switching OS package. For additional functionality, users can select either the Routing or OpenFlow Editions, based on their use case. The complete PicOS datasheet is here

The Free Trial is available here.

 

Features Included

  Required PicOS Editions
 

Linux Switching
OS

    Routing     OpenFlow
  • Network operation system using user space standard Debian Linux environment
  • Leverage vast array of standard Linux tools as a common management and operations framework
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) functionality coupled with ONIE delivers a true bare metal to application environment.
  • Rich Layer-2 protocol stack with MLAG, seamlessly integrating into existing architectures
  • Full Layer-2 & Layer-3 ACL support
  • IPv4 & IPv6 Static Routing
 

 

 

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  • Rich OSPF and BGP protocol stacks integrating into existing spine / leaf architectures
  • IPv6 routing protocol support (OSPFv3, MBGP)
  • Multicast PIM support
  • NAT (depends on ASIC support)
  • VXLAN network virtualization (depends on ASIC support)
 

 

 

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  • Leading OpenFlow 1.4 support through OVS 2.0
  • Deliver true seamless migration to SDN through CrossFlow mode (Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow simultaneously)
  • Leveraging OpenFlow to control MPLS, GRE, NVGRE or VXLAN tunnels, delivering on the promise of open programmability
  • Support for all major OpenFlow controllers (for example: OpenStack Neutron ML2, OpenDaylight, Ryu)
 

 

 

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  • PicOS Bundle
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About Pica8, Inc.

Pica8® pioneered open networking with PicOS™, the first network operating system that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity bare metal switches. PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS). Pica8 can provide PicOS, switching hardware or both in a fully integrated package as part of an end-to-end data center SDN solution, and makes adopting SDN easy with a Starter Kit that enables deployment in hours rather than months. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com or follow @pica8 on Twitter.

Contacts

Pica8, Inc.
Steve Garrison, 415-205-8566
steve@pica8.com

Release Summary

Pica8 First to Offer Free Trial of Network OS as it Looks to Lower Barriers to Adoption for Software Defined Networking

Contacts

Pica8, Inc.
Steve Garrison, 415-205-8566
steve@pica8.com