Pica 8, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California and Beijing, China, introduced its SDN reference architecture, including a physical open switch, a hypervisor virtual switch and an SDN controller leveraging the OpenFlow 1.2 standard.
Unlike earlier SDN entries that target enterprise data centers, Pica 8 has set its sights on data centers for cloud, portal and service providers. Pica8’s PicOS supports OpenFlow 1.2, it also integrates with the Ryu 1.4 OpenFlow controller, designed by NTT Laboratories specifically for SDN applications that service providers need. The company's first physical switches pack up to 48 port 10 GbE SFP+ ports with four 40 GbE QSFP+ or 16 10 GbE QSFP+ uplink ports.
- Pica 8 is headed by James Liao, who previously led product strategy for switching and data center products at original device manufacturer Quanta.