Cavium and Pica8 Team Up to Offer ASIC Choice for SDN Environments

By Laura Stotler November 11, 2015

A new software-defined networking (SDN) partnership has been announced between Cavium and Pica8. The companies are working together to incorporate the OpenFlow-based PicOS network operating system from Pica8 with the XPliant switch chip from Cavium. The combined offering will help end users, system integrators and switch manufacturers develop custom SDN environments.

By working together, the companies are creating a flexible offering that will be able to handle the demands of cloud applications and SaaS. Customers will have greater granular control over the network infrastructure and will be able to pick and choose a variety of SDN applications to meet their needs.

"ASICs are the anchor of an SDN solution stack, and having choice in the market is key,” said James Liao, president and CEO of Pica8. “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."

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"The XPliant switches deliver the flexibility and throughput required by next generation networks," added 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 Cavium and Pica8 integrated offerings are slated to be available early next year. Pica8 also recently teamed up with HP, which is supporting PicOS in its Altoline family of Open Networking switches. PicOS supports OpenFlow 1.4, enabling integration with the HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller.

Cavium has been increasingly focused on the SDN and NFV spaces, and this week also announced the demonstration of its ThunderX-based workload optimized server platforms for cloud and hyperscale data centers. The ThunderX is uniquely suited to handling networking specific workloads like NFV.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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