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Pica8 Named 2014 Gartner Cool Vendor in Enterprise Communications

Pica8 Inc., the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), today announced that it has been named a Cool Vendor in the 2014 Enterprise Communications Cool Vendors report by Gartner. In conferring Cool Vendor status on Pica8, Gartner analyzed Pica8’s groundbreaking PicOS switch operating system, its industry-leaning lineup of white box switches, and its SDN Starter Kit as part of the company’s overall value proposition.

Citing Pica8’s inclusion in the report, analysts Andrew Lerner and Tim Zimmerman wrote: “Pica8 can provide value because it offers service providers and enterprises choices; it can provide the OS, the switching hardware or both as part of an end-to-end data center SDN solution.” The report also cited Pica8’s SDN Starter Kit: “The SDN toolkit provides the necessary detailed instructions needed to configure a test bed, and begin sampling and managing network traffic in an SDN environment. This SDN starter toolkit allows customers to rapidly deploy and test SDN solutions in days, rather than needing months of preparation.”

“Being recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor shows that our approach to democratizing SDN by bringing together white box switches and leveraging open source Debian Linux, OpenFlow and OpenvSwitch (OVS) is resonating with network administrators,” said James Liao, CEO and co-founder of Pica8. “We’re accelerating our growth as the market recognizes that truly deployable and affordable SDN solutions are a reality with Pica8.”

About Pica8, Inc.

Since 2009, Pica8 has been transforming the data center by providing the world’s first open switching system, which can be personalized to fit any application environment. A pioneer in the software-defined networking (SDN) revolution, Pica8’s PicOS™, its externally programmable switching operating system runs on commodity, bare-metal switches made by ODM partners to provide the ultimate in cost savings. In a single package, costs are slashed and customization for the data center becomes a promise fulfilled. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com.

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