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Pica8 Chief Architect Offers Design Blueprint for Open Networking

During a panel discussion held today at the Open Server Summit at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center, Pica8 Chief Architect David Liu told attendees that he believes that Open Networking will function as the next new development platform by leveraging SDN and OpenFlow to create programmable data center networks. On a panel focusing on data center applications, Liu remarked that by leveraging easily accessible and robust operational environments such as Debian Linux, web service organizations and cloud providers are able to deploy commoditized white box switches that can help curb costs while enabling the required scale and agility to better provision real-time application services.

“I don’t anticipate that this will be a trend that the industry will examine, maybe dabble in a bit and move on,” said Liu. “We’re seeing a groundswell of developer activity across the networking industry to open up and decouple the hardware from the software and leverage the commoditization of white box switches. We’re not seeing just software players getting involved. ASICs manufacturers, for example, are seeing the potential and developing key functionality. It’s an exciting time.”

Earlier in the day, Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing, moderated a panel on SDN/OpenFlow applications featuring industry experts from the Open Networking Foundation, SDNcentral, 451 Research and IDC. For more information about the Open Server Summit, visit www.openserversummit.com.

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.

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