“The idea of an open ecosystem is inherent to the SDN market,” says Brad Casemore, research director, Datacenter Networks at IDC. “In this context, it’s imperative for vendors to demonstrate value by offering different combinations of applications, controllers, network operating systems, and bare-metal switches. At the same time, customers — who might not have the resources or personnel to pull all these pieces together themselves — are looking for vendors to provide integration and to combine their respective products in a readily consumable manner. That’s what Pica8 and its partners are attempting to do.”
“We are excited to see ECODE Networks work with Pica8 leveraging HP’s VAN controller,” said Phillippe Michelet, Director of Global Product Management Data Center at HP Networking, “Our vision for SDN has always been centered around an ecosystem of partners that leverages our core technology, and delivers an easily integrated solution to our customers.”
Demonstrations anchored by Pica8’s pre-loaded white box bare metal switches include:
- ECODE Networks (http://www.ecodenetworks.com) is a leading provider of intelligent management and orchestration solutions for SDN. The Evolve orchestration engine is a suite of tools that leverages the power of SDN by allowing service providers and IT departments to manage logically disparate network elements as a single virtual environment. Evolve is one of the first products to be featured in HP’s SDN App Store, which was formally launched during Interop 2014.
- HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller, part of the ECODE Networks demonstration, is an SDN controller which provides a unified control point in an OpenFlow™-enabled network, simplifying management, provisioning, and orchestration. The VAN SDN controller enables delivery of a new generation of application-based network services. It also provides open application program interfaces (APIs) to allow third-party developers to deliver innovative solutions to dynamically link business requirements to network infrastructure via either custom Java programs or general-purpose RESTful control interfaces. The VAN SDN controller is designed to operate in campus, data center, or service provider environments.
- KulCloud (http://www.kulcloud.com/) is an SDN product development firm and solution provider offering a highly scalable and customizable SDN Controller platform, OpenMUL (http://www.openmul.org/). KulCloud currently ships its PRISM-Edge solution, which allows dynamic creation and centralized management of multi-tenant routing entities at the scale needed in modern data centers. By abstracting a standard Linux networking stack on a set of supported virtual or physical OpenFlow switches, KulCloud combines line rate performance with extremely flexible management tools. KulCloud is showcasing the Prism-Edge solution in the SDN Solutions Showcase (S3).
- The Open Networking Foundation’s (ONF) Atrium (www.opensourcesdn.org), an open SDN software distribution, is designed to help the networking industry as a whole more easily adopt open SDN by integrating established open source SDN software with some critical connecting pieces. The first release, Atrium 2015/A, incorporates the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), and Open Compute Project (OCP) components. The software elements run in either controllers or switches, communicating via the OpenFlow protocol, and include plug-in opportunities for other switching solutions to help foster an open ecosystem of interoperable, hardware-based OpenFlow switches. Pica8 is powering one of these switches.
More information is located at www.pica8.com or at the ONS at Pica8’s booth, S6.
About Pica8, Inc.
Pica8 is the one-stop source for white box networking. Since 2009, Pica8 has pioneered open networking with PicOS™, the first network operating system that enables data center customers to easily integrate Layer-2 / Layer-3 networking and software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity white box switches. PicOS supports an industry-standard CLI for Layer-2 / Layer-3, unmodified Linux, and OpenFlow 1.4. Pica8 makes white box adoption seamless by providing PicOS on both pre-loaded switching hardware or as standalone software on a growing list of compatible bare metal switches. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com or follow @pica8 on Twitter.
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