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Pica8 Highlighting 40GbE Line-Rate VXLAN Horsepower to Drive Software Defined Data Centers at INTEROP Tokyo

Pica8, the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), is conducting live 40GbE line-rate VXLAN demonstrations during INTEROP Tokyo June 6-11. Utilizing two white box bare metal switches from Foxconn featuring the new Broadcom Trident-2 chipset, running PicOS 2.3, Pica8 is creating a VXLAN tunnel over a core layer 3 network enabling seamless VM mobility using standard orchestration tools across a Layer 3 boundary. Support for VXLAN within commoditized white box switches will help VMware virtualized environments scale more cost-effectively for top-of-rack (ToR) deployments. By utilizing Broadcom’s Trident2 chip, Pica8 will enable customers to offload VXLAN termination and free up CPU resources for better network infrastructure.

While a 40GbE line rate in a VXLAN tunnel demonstrated effective scaling in an enterprise cloud or service provider environment, VMs are traversing seamlessly across one or more Layer 3 boundaries between the two devices. To show an overlay network expansion at line rate this is the foundation for multi services independent of current legacy geographical location limitations. This is an overlay / underlay multi-layer compatibility infrastructure required to deploy SDN into existing infrastructures.

Pica8 incorporates the Trident 2 chip into two hardware platforms: the P-5401, a 32 x 40 GbE switch, and the P-5101, a 48 x 10 GbE model. Availability for Pica8 switches with VXLAN technology is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.

“The Japanese and U.S. market presents tremendous opportunity for many of the same reasons like traffic expulsion inside the data centers and the need for scalable growth path and site agnostic topologies, cloud providers recognize that they too must have programmable networks that can easily adapt to changing market conditions yet be compatible with existing infrastructure,” says Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst, ZK Research. “Providers in Japan such as NTT are driving the need for SDN as these organizations need this kind of network performance and scale today in order to provide the services they need to grow their respective businesses.”

“We are excited to lead the SDN market in Japan. Through our partnership with Pica8, we are seeing strong interest with cloud providers for network agility, scale and cost reductions. Pica8’s software roadmap and their ability to leverage white box bare metal switches enable us to increasingly gain mindshare in the Japanese market,” says Takashi Sekine, Managing Director for NCLC.

Pica8 is demonstrating within the booth of its partner, NCLC, located at booth 6N04.

Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:45 PM by David Marshall
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