PALO ALTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Pica8, Inc., the leader in open networking for software defined networking (SDN), today announced that features included in version 2.0 of its PicOS™ hardware-agnostic operating system (OS) should play a pivotal role for organizations, such as cloud companies and service providers, who are considering a migration to an open network framework more personalized for their specific application demands and for considerably lower cost.
“We recognize that these customers need a balance between all new APIs and supporting legacy practices and systems”
“Increasingly, we’re seeing greater emphasis on the extensibility, manageability, openness, and programmability of network operating systems, which are usually based on Linux kernels,” said Brad Casemore, research director for datacenter networking at IDC. “In that context, Pica8’s Linux-based PicOS is intended to help cloud customers leverage legacy operational and management tools as they make the transition to SDN environments that offer centralized management control and policy-driven automation for improved application performance.”
“We recognize that these customers need a balance between all new APIs and supporting legacy practices and systems,” says Steve Garrison, vice president of product marketing, Pica8. “Our customers often have a clear migration vision in place to answer future application demands but they are impeded by closed systems that don’t encourage personalization to match the organization’s best practices.”
- PicOS 2.0 supports three key network programming environments to enable network operations administrators to easily deliver zero-touch provisioning of tasks. In doing so, error-prone and slower, manually driven tasks are avoided, whether undertaking a simple configuration change, integrating open-source projects like OpenStack or enabling development around new SDN technologies such as OpenFlow.
- Debian Linux Environment – Enables DevOps and server administrative staff to leverage their existing tools (such as Puppet, Chef or CFEngine) for hands-free provisioning and Python APIs through the Debian Linux environment, which enables Pica8 switches to be personalized to support a particular open network.
- OpenFlow and OVS Support – Provides production-ready, OpenFlow use cases and integration with open network orchestration tools and open-source controllers. PicOS supports OpenFlow 1.3, through Open vSwitch (OVS) v1.9 integration. OVS runs as a process within PicOS, providing the OpenFlow interface for external programmability.
- Standard CLI – In modern data centers, configurations are performed initially at the CLI level before that particular configuration is fed into a provisioning or orchestration tool. Support for standard interfaces is key for pragmatic migration and to better leverage the talent of engineers in the community.
This “Swiss army knife” approach to personalization through programmability helps ensure lower cost and more flexible capabilities that seamlessly integrate into a network operations framework. To download PicOS 2.0 go here.
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.