Intelligent semiconductor provider Cavium have announced that it has partnered with Pica8 to build a true software-defined network solution.
Using Pica8’s OpenFlow-based PicOS network operating system and Cavium’s revolutionary XPliant switch chips, the solution enables end users, switch manufacturers and system integrators to create customized SDN environments to meet business and application needs.
Traditionally, switching ASIC pipelines have been fixed function and optimized for traditional ‘client-server’ environments, as a result they have limited flexibility in adapting the switch functionality needed to support varied SDN needs.
“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 of Pica8. “Pica8 is proud to have been selected as the first NOS on the revolutionary XPliant switches.”
Today, networks need to be flexible to conform to unpredictable application demands, driven by SaaS and cloud adoption. Cavium’s programmable XPliant switching silicon is the missing building block in providing full programmability of SDN environments. The XPliant switch, combined with PicOS, the market leading OpenFlow-based NOS, gives customers greater granular control to program their infrastructure. Customers can now choose exactly the right switching characteristics, NOS, and SDN applications to meet specific business needs.
“The XPliant switches deliver the flexibility and throughput required by next generation networks,” said Eric Hayes, VP/GM of the Switch Platform Group at 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.”
The collaboration is expected to bear it’s first fruit in Q1 2016