Pica8, NEC demonstrate 100G multivendor SDN switching fabric

Pica8, a provider of advanced, open networking software, has announced that it is demonstrating a multivendor 100G switch fabric using the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN Controller to drive its PICOS® network operating system on core and edge switches from Dell EMC, NEC and Edgecore to facilitate open networking, the company said.

With this commercial demonstration, NEC is showing how its SDN ProgrammableFlow Controller can work with Pica8´s PICOS to enable open networking across a variety of switch hardware vendors to deliver a multitenant 100G switch fabric with high scalability and zero-touch provisioning. The demonstration includes PICOS running on a Dell Z9100 core switch linked to one Edgecore 5812 edge switch and one NEC PF5340 edge switch.

Multitenancy is essential for securely isolating tenants on shared networks within data centers, enterprise networks and service provider environments, while maintaining high throughput and ease of operations through zero-touch provisioning at the edges with full visibility throughout the network. The demonstration shows the broad interoperability of both the NEC SDN controller and PICOS on core and edge switches.

Pica8 pioneered the modern disaggregated open networking alternative to tightly coupled legacy switches and routers by releasing the industry´s first Debian-based Linux network operating system (NOS), PICOS®, running on a wide variety white box and brite box switches, back in early 2012. For more information, visit www.pica8.com or follow on Twitter @pica8.