Cavium and Pica8 Join Forces to Deliver Open Networking Solutions in Developing Customized SDN Environments

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Cavium announces partnership with Pica8 to bring Software Defined Network (SDN) solution using Pica8’s OpenFlow-based Network Operating System and Cavium’s XPliant switch chip to offer ASIC Choice for SDN Environments.

Cavium’s programmable XPliant switching silicon is designed for providing full programmability of SDN environments. The integration of OpenFlow-based NOS and XPliant switch chip technologies enables end users, system integrators and switch manufacturers to develop customized SDN environments to meet business and application needs. Customers will now have greater granular control over the network infrastructure where it offers flexibility to choose a variety of SDN applications.

Usually, switching ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) pipelines were fixed and optimized for traditional ‘client-server’ environments, providing limited flexibility in adapting the switch functionality that is required to support varied SDN needs. As Cavium’s programmable XPliant switching silicon is missing in this approach, the programmability of SDN environments is limited to some extent only. With the XPliant switch being combined with PicOS, customers can choose the right switching characteristics, NOS, and SDN applications. The companies together deliver a flexible network to handle application demands driven by SaaS and adoption of cloud technology.

“The Cavium – Pica8 partnership will create a solution that integrates Layer 2/3 networking and SDN within the same switch,” said Dominic Wilde, vice president, Global Product Line Management at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We are excited to begin integration of the new Cavium/Pica8 solution with the HPE VAN SDN Controller and HPE Alotline family of open networking switches to empower customers to build scalable and automated networks that accelerate time to service and deliver faster ROI and lower total cost of ownership. In addition, with the Cavium/Pica8 solution, HPE customers can leverage the entire HP SDN App Store ecosystem.”

“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, 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, 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."

Cavium and Pica8 plan to have generally available products in Q1 of 2016.