Showing posts with label Pica8. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pica8 Adds Support for 25/50/100 GbE

Pica8 is rolling out a new version of its networking operating system for white box switches that adds support for 25/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking.

PicOS supports ultra-fast networking on switches based on Cavium’s XPliant and Broadcom’s Tomahawk switch ASICs. These enhancements are incorporated into PicOS 2.7.1, which is now shipping on 100GbE white box switches from Edgecore Networks and Inventec.

In addition, PicOS 2.7.1 introduces AdvanceFlow, a set of features for more granular flow management and optimization that allows customer to achieve greater scale. This includes larger tables for L3 flows, controls for specifying hardware vs. software flows, and better integration of L2 and L3 tables into the memory tables of the switch.  These enhancements, along with the recent introduction of Table Type Patterns (see Pica8 Unlocks Last Open Networking Black Box at OCP), further solidify Pica8 as a brand leader in SDN scale and optimization for large-scale service provider deployments.

http://www.pica8.com/

Monday, February 29, 2016

Pica8 Cranks Up OpenFlow Switching by 1000x

Pica8 is introducing a Table Type Patterns (TTP) functionality in its PicOS network operating system that overcomes limitations in OpenFlow scaling for very large data centers.

The company said TTP enables its PicOS to scale to 2 million flows with Cavium’s XPliant switch ASIC, and to 256,000 flows with Broadcom’s StrataXGS Tomahawk switch ASIC. Typical TCAM flow capacity in the top-of-rack installed base today is between 1,000 and 2,000 flows, and with Pica8’s TTP implementation, production networks can scale 1,000 times more.

TTP defines how tables are set up in a switch, which an SDN controller can program via the OpenFlow switch protocol. The development of a TTP-based approach has been motivated by several factors, including: to maximize the available capacity, to better accommodate heterogeneity of existing hardware switches, to enable future innovation in hardware switches through more seamless SDN application development, and to enable granular and automated communication between application / controller developers and switch vendors.

“TTP and our own abstraction technology – vASIC -- unlock custom ASICs to bring choice, programmability and scale to application developers,” said Dan Tuchler, vice president of product management at Pica8. “Application developers no longer have to worry about the limitations or differences between ASICs when delivering their solutions to the market.”

TTP is in early release and will be generally available with PicOS in March.

http://www.pica8.com/news/pica8s-ttp-increases-sdn-scaling-on-data-center-switches-by-1000x

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pica8 Appoints Dan Tuchler as VP of Product Mgt

Pica8 appointed Dan Tuchler as vice president of product management. Previously, Tuchler was a product management executive at many successful startups, including Alteon Websystems, Blade Network Technologies, Force10 Networks, Mellanox Technologies, and Vyatta, and he consulted with Cavium/Xpliant on go-to-market strategies for the company’s switching ASIC.

http://www.pica8.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Video: @Pica8 Blazes Multiple Paths to SDN



is blazing multiple paths to inc open swtiching platforms, OEMs, a brite box w etc says Niraj Jain


Monday, November 9, 2015

Pica8 to Support Cavium’s XPliant Switching Silicon

Pica8’s OpenFlow-based PicOS network operating system (NOS) will support Cavium’s new XPliant switch chip.

Cavium’s programmable XPliant switching silicon, which is expected to enter commercial release in Q1 2016, is designed for providing full programmability of SDN environments.

The companies said the Cavium XPliant switch, combined with Pica8's OpenFlow-based PicOS, will give network operators greater granular control to program their infrastructure.

“ASICs are the anchor of an SDN solution stack, and having choice in the market is key. Just as there is an ecosystem forming for SDN applications, controllers and network operating systems, we see having ASIC choice being a key enabler for customers to have the ability to tune the network for their environment,” said James Liao, president and CEO of Pica8. “Pica8 is proud to have been selected as the first NOS on the revolutionary XPliant switches.”

“The XPliant switches deliver the flexibility and throughput required by next generation networks,” said Eric Hayes, VP/GM of the Switch Platform Group at Cavium. “By partnering with Pica8, we can allow our customers to realize the full potential of the XPliant switch and build truly customized SDN implementations.”

http://www.cavium.com/newsevents_Cavium-Pica8-Open-Networking-Solutions.html
http://www.pica8.com/news/cavium-and-pica8-partner-to-deliver-leading-edge-open-networking-solutions


Cavium Shows New Xpliant Silicon Driving SDN-enable Ethernet Switches

Cavium is demonstrating OpenFlow and OpenFlow-Hybrid Ethernet switches based on its new XPliant silicon.

Cavium's XPliant Ethernet switches deliver full line rate support in OpenFlow through XPliant's SDK APIs and integration of Open vSwitch (OVS) at an aggregate switching capacity of 3.2 terabits per second.

"Historically, large scale data center customers were only interested in the speeds and feeds of networking silicon. Now customers are looking for standards based vendor interoperable features that enable them to effectively control their networks, scale and grow over time," said Eric Hayes, VP/GM, Switch Platform Group at Cavium. "The XPA architecture is the ideal solution available today with all of these capabilities simultaneously in a cost effective manner."

Cavium noted its XPliant packet architecture XPA Software APIs expose the OVS control abstractions, enabling users to benefit from OVS rich management and networking features, such as L2 pipeline (VLANs, LAGs, FDB, STP etc.), bonding modes (LACP), and advanced tunneling protocols (Geneve, VxLAN, NVGRE) as well as future yet-to-be-defined standards. Now, through XPA Software and APIs, these open and industry proven features can be seamlessly invoked representing a truly hybrid switch optimized for virtualized environments, in a single hardware.

http://www.cavium.com

Monday, September 28, 2015

HP Offers an SDN "Brite Box" with Pica8

HP will begin selling a "brite box" SDN solution solution that combines its Altoline family of Open Networking switches and HP VAN SDN Controller with Pica8's PicOS network operating system (NOS).  Pica8's PicOS has been certified and integrated to work with HP’s Altoline switches.

Pica8’s PicOS provides Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing and supports OpenFlow 1.4, enabling advanced integration with HP’s Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller.  HP Altoline switches are available in 10- and 40-Gigabit configurations. The integration enables PicOS customers to leverage over 40 applications and tools from the HP SDN App Store.  Additionally, every instance of PicOS resold by HP includes HP Foundation Care for PicOS. HP Foundation Care for PicOS provides software support for PicOS direct from HP giving customers 24x7x365 access to thousands of trained and certified HP experts with skills that span multi-vendor networking, Linux and PicOS and the experience that comes with decades of global service delivery excellence.

“This agreement gives Pica8 customers a “brite box” option for network switching combined with the vast expertise of HP’s Technology Services organization,” said Niraj Jain, vice president of business development at Pica8. “HP is a leader in open networking solutions, and by integrating PicOS into an overall HP solution, customers gain a Linux-based operating system and access to the entire HP SDN App Store ecosystem, leveraging key SDN technologies like OpenFlow, Open-vSwitch, and others.”

“The PicOS networking operating system enables users to integrate Layer 2/3 networking with SDN in the same switch,” said Dominic Wilde, vice president, Global Product Line Management at HP. “By offering PicOS as part of HP’s Open Networking portfolio, we provide customers a powerful new option when integrating the HP VAN SDN Controller with our Altoline switches.”

http://www.pica8.com
http://www8.hp.com/us/en/networking/

Video: SDN Shifts Margins from Legacy Vendors to Channel



A market disruption caused by SDN is shifting margins from the legacy networking vendors to the channel, says Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8.  By tearing apart the stack and letting customers pick the applications, OS, and bare metal hardware, you end up with a customized solution where the channel has a key role to play. Many customers might not have that expertise to pull that together, but this is where the margin shifts from...


Pica8 Powers France’s TOUIX Internet Exchange with SDN



TOUIX, one of France’s leading Internet exchanges, is leveraging Pica8’s network operating system and white box switches to program and optimize its exchange fabric. TouIX is providing an interconnected network infrastructure in 4 PoPs around Toulouse city and is interconnected with the Paris FranceIX and LyonIX IXPs. Pica8 said its software enables TOUIX to avoid network outages and congestion caused by broadcast storms. The deployment is leveraging...


Pica8 Leverages Open-vSwitch Database Protocol for Overlays



Pica8 announced that it is leveraging the Open-vSwitch (OVS) database protocol (OVSDB) to control hardware VTEPs (VXLAN Endpoints) as part of an overlay architecture and integrate with leading network virtualization systems such as MidoNet and NSX for VTEP provisioning.  This helps simplify VXLAN and Network Virtualization deployments. “The adoption of open source software in the enterprise has become mainstream. Open networking is following...


Pica8 Runs on White Box Switches Powered by Broadcom's Tomahawk



Pica8 announced support for white box switches powered by Broadcom’s latest chipset, Tomahawk, which enables line rate 100G Ethernet, as well as support for 25G and 50G Ethernet. To support Tomahawk, Pica8 has ported its network operating system, PicOS, to Inventec’s DCS Series 1-RU top of rack switch, which comes with 32x100G QSFP28 ports. Pica8 said it has limited samples of Inventec’s Tomahawk plat

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Video: White box Adoption Moves to the Edge

White boxes are not just a data center story anymore, says Pica8's Calvin Chai.

New use cases are emerging for delivering network services at the customer prem. This will be a key opportunity for white boxes. Another consideration, the risk profile for using white boxes at the customer edge is lower than for whiteboxes in a data center.

See video: https://youtu.be/MC0KAfqhHew





Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Video: SDN Shifts Margins from Legacy Vendors to Channel


A market disruption caused by SDN is shifting margins from the legacy networking vendors to the channel, says Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8.  By tearing apart the stack and letting customers pick the applications, OS, and bare metal hardware, you end up with a customized solution where the channel has a key role to play.

Many customers might not have that expertise to pull that together, but this is where the margin shifts from the legacy vendors to the channel.

See Video: https://youtu.be/lND0oW2oyAw


Monday, June 29, 2015

Pica8 Powers France’s TOUIX Internet Exchange with SDN

TOUIX, one of France’s leading Internet exchanges, is leveraging Pica8’s network operating system and white box switches to program and optimize its exchange fabric. TouIX is providing an interconnected network infrastructure in 4 PoPs around Toulouse city and is interconnected with the Paris FranceIX and LyonIX IXPs.

Pica8 said its software enables TOUIX to avoid network outages and congestion caused by broadcast storms. The deployment is leveraging Ryu, the NTT Labs open-source controller, with parallel development underway for ON.Labs’ ONOS controller. Additionally, for this installation, developers used Pica8’s REST API as a means to communicate with a Graphical User Interface (GUI), simplifying common operational tasks.

“With traditional MAC-based switches, exchanges have restrictions on how to easily scale and avoid broadcast storms,” said Marc Bruyere, researcher at LAAS CNRS. “By default, an OpenFlow driven network does not do anything until you tell it. Traditional switches are routers that use lower-performance CPUs compared to servers, which is good enough to scale routed BGP networks, but not high performance enough to handle all of the MAC lookups. By controlling end-to-end paths using OpenFlow, we know the destination explicitly.”

“Low-cost, top-of-rack switches are ideal for our needs,” Bruyere added, “as the OpenFlow environment is more programmable circuit by circuit, and lack of a broadcast domain reduces what providers call broadcast ARP overhead. TOUIX’s OpenFlow design provides the optimal Ethernet fabric for IXP members to do BGP peering in a secure and stable manner. SDN OpenFlow is a fantastic opportunity to develop innovative services like a metropolitan neutral marketplace interconnecting all of the datacenters and IT services for the city of Toulouse.”

http://www.pica8.com

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pica8 Leverages Open-vSwitch Database Protocol for Overlays

Pica8 announced that it is leveraging the Open-vSwitch (OVS) database protocol (OVSDB) to control hardware VTEPs (VXLAN Endpoints) as part of an overlay architecture and integrate with leading network virtualization systems such as MidoNet and NSX for VTEP provisioning.  This helps simplify VXLAN and Network Virtualization deployments.

“The adoption of open source software in the enterprise has become mainstream. Open networking is following on the same path and quickly gaining traction so we are very pleased to bring Midokura Enterprise MidoNet, the open source network virtualization overlay solution, to Pica8-enabled white box networking systems and be part of the modern open enterprise movement,” said Adam Johnson, VP of Business for Midokura.

“Pica8 has the most diverse set of overlay schemes available on white boxes, from NVGRE to VXLAN to MPLS via Labeled BGP,” said Rabiul Hasan, director of product line management at Pica8. “By offering users a broad choice of overlays and protocols, Pica8 ensures network investment protection and gives users all the tools they need to move toward an SDN future.”

http://www.pica8.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pica8 Runs on White Box Switches Powered by Broadcom's Tomahawk

Pica8 announced support for white box switches powered by Broadcom’s latest chipset, Tomahawk, which enables line rate 100G Ethernet, as well as support for 25G and 50G Ethernet.

To support Tomahawk, Pica8 has ported its network operating system, PicOS, to Inventec’s DCS Series 1-RU top of rack switch, which comes with 32x100G QSFP28 ports. Pica8 said it has limited samples of Inventec’s Tomahawk platform available for testing.

“Our go-to-market model is through hardware ecosystem partners, giving customers and integrators choice in which platform they use,” said Olivier Vautrin, head of product management for Pica8, “We are excited to support 100G on Inventec’s DCS Switch platform. We see demand for 100G now and believe white boxes will continue to take significant share in the coming months.”

“Inventec’s partnership with Pica8 and the porting of PicOS to the DCS7032Q28 is a testament of how open solutions are changing the face of networking technology,” said Alex Johnstone, Product Line Manager, Inventec Network Infrastructure Design Center. “Customers can now leverage the world-class design, distribution and support capabilities of Inventec coupled with an advanced-technology, feature-rich operating system from Pica8. The net result is a high-value and economically efficient solution for our customer’s complex business challenges.”

“We are currently experiencing high demand in a faster alternatives for 10 GbE interfaces, especially for so called Software Defined Storage, and we want to move to a white box model for our data center to create the operational flexibility we have on our server side,” said Oleg Alekseenko, CIO of CloudDC. “Being able to leverage an industry-standard CLI minimizes integration risk, and having Linux for DevOps automation gives us the best of both worlds. In a world where dumb white boxes rule the network, the choice of software for your switches is very important. It's not all about reducing costs; it's also about getting technical and strategic business advantages.”

http://www.pica8.com

In September 2014, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE. The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. 

StrataXGS Tomahawk Key Features
  • 3.2 Tbps multilayer Ethernet switching
  • Integrated low-power 25Ghz SERDES
  • Authoritative support for 25G and 50G Ethernet Consortium specification
  • Configurable pipeline latency enabling sub 400ns port-to-port operation
  • Supports high performance storage/RDMA protocols including RoCE and RoCEv2
  • BroadView instrumentation: provides switch- and network-level telemetry
  • High-density FleXGS flow processing for configurable forwarding/match/action capabilities
  • OpenFlow 1.3+ support using Broadcom OF-DPA
  • Comprehensive overlay  and tunneling support including VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, SPB
  • Flexible policy enforcement for existing and new virtualization protocols
  • Enhanced Smart-Hash™ load balancing modes for leaf-spine congestion avoidance
  • Integrated Smart-Buffer™ technology with 5X greater performance versus static buffering
  • Single-chip and multi-chip HiGig™ solutions for top-of-rack and scalable chassis applications

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pica8's CrossFlow Combines OpenFlow-based Policy with L2/L3

Pica8 introduced a new capability that lets its PicOS bare metal switch operating system integrate OpenFlow-based applications and business-logic policies into existing Layer-2 / Layer-3 networks.



The new CrossFlow Networking lets administrators run L2/L3 protocols and OpenFlow on the same switch at the same time. This lets users leverage OpenFlow for policy-driven applications to drive business logic into the network, while leveraging their network topology and protocols like OSPF and BGP for the most efficient packet transport and performance.

Pica8 said its CrossFlow Networking brings the potential to significantly accelerate SDN adoption because customers are able to run OpenFlow on the existing L2/L3 network.

“Some customers have made commitment to OpenFlow in green field deployments, but networking shops with existing infrastructure want to be able to use OpenFlow in use cases where it makes sense,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing and Pica8. “For the first time, CrossFlow mode allows users to leverage both ways of thinking – Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow – to deal with networking challenges appropriately on the same switch.”

Some sample use cases include:
  • In a traditional data center that uses Layer-2 / Layer-3 switching and routing, monitoring and tapping can be done on the switches with rules triggered by the OpenFlow protocol.
  • In an OpenFlow data center, the edge devices need to interact with traditional switching/routing devices (using spanning tree, OSPF, BGP, and other Layer-2 / Layer-3 
Available in PicOS 2.4, CrossFlow allows every port in the bare metal switch the ability to act as either a legacy or a CrossFlow port. A legacy port uses traditional Layer-2 / Layer- 3 switch (OVS) commands can be used, either locally via OVS commands or via an SDN controller using OpenFlow and OVSDB.

http://www.pica8.com/


  • Pica8 currently claims over 320 customers.
  • Pica8 is based in Palo Alto, California with development offices in Beijing.
  • In October, Pica8 announced $12.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by VantagePoint Capital Partners, Cross Head and Pacific Venture Partners (PVP), bringing its total funding to date to over $20 million.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pica8 Adopts ONIE Network Switch OS Bootloader

Pica8 has adopted the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), which has been accepted by the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation an industry standard network boot loader for installing software on network switches.

Pica8 said ONIE is accelerating the widespread adoption of bare metal switches by making it much easier for customers to buy and deploy standards-based network hardware. ONIE comes pre-loaded on bare metal switches from leading switch manufacturers, and as such, it dramatically reduces the overall capital and operating cost of network switches.

“Our goal is to enable choice in selecting network hardware and software, and PicOS supports bare metal switches from major original device manufacturers,” said Steve Garrison, Vice President of Marketing at Pica8. “By supporting ONIE, we make it easier than ever for our customers to integrate PicOS onto the bare metal switches of their choice.”

The ONIE ecosystem includes supporters from the switching, software, and silicon manufacturing sectors.

http://www.pica8.com

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