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Pica8 Helps Customers Unify Dell EMC Open Networking Access and Aggregation Switches with PICOS NOS Portfolio
Pica8, a leading provider of automated open networking software solutions for enterprise campus and access networks, today announced that it has ported its popular Linux-based PICOS network operating system (NOS) to new Dell EMC open networking aggregation switches that are designed to replace expensive legacy-vendor chassis switches with a modern, intelligent open networking infrastructure. Included in this Pica8 portfolio expansion are the Dell EMC Z9264F-ON, S5248F-ON, and S4128F-ON campus aggregation switches and the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) PoE+ and 60-watt PoE N3024EP-ON access switch.

The S5248F-ON is the first open networking switch supported by Pica8 that is based on Broadcom's latest Trident 3 switching silicon. With PICOS as the switch OS, the S5248F-ON can now be deployed as a powerful, next-generation campus aggregation switch that collects and processes traffic from remote Dell EMC N3000 Series open networking access switches located in branch offices and/or retail stores.

When Dell EMC's open networking access switches, such as N3024EP-ONs mentioned above or N3132PX-ON 2.5G/5G Multigig switches, are also running PICOS, the bundled Pica8 Nymble automation framework software that comes with PICOS can remotely activate, configure and manage the lifecycle of all deployed Dell EMC campus and access switches in a network at the push of a button.

The four newly supported Dell EMC switches - the S5248F-ON, N3024EP-ON, the 100GbE Z9264F-ON, and the S4128F-ON - bring the total number of Pica8-supported Dell EMC open access and campus switches to twelve. (A complete list can be viewed at

"PICOS is the only open networking Linux-based NOS in the market that has proven itself in commercial deployments in some of the largest enterprise campus/access networks out there," said Jeff Paine, SVP of marketing at Pica8. "Pica8 has spent years developing the built-in enterprise feature set - and backward compatibility - and automation capabilities needed to simply step in and replace both legacy-vendor enterprise chassis switches and wiring-closet switch stacks with an intelligent, easy-to-deploy modern architectural alternative.  The economic savings windfall that automatically comes with the type of disaggregated networking hardware and software solutions that Pica8 and Dell EMC are bringing to market is simply the proverbial icing on the cake."

Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:28 PM by David Marshall
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