Pica8, which makes the PicOS network operating system to run on white box and brite box switches, has announced support for OpenFlow 1.5 in its new software release. With PicOS 2.8, network operators can take advantage of the latest features in OpenFlow.
One such feature is Egress Tables, which enable the switch to process packets based on an output port. A switch can use Egress Tables to apply QoS or ACLs, assign a VLAN, and more.
Pica8 says its network OS is getting traction for specific SDN applications in areas such as traffic monitoring. For instance, service providers that need to sample traffic from hundreds of sites may find it more cost-effective to use a white-box switches instead of dedicated packet brokers to copy and send traffic back to billing, security, and analytics systems.
PicOS runs on a variety of Broadcom platforms, including Trident, Trident II, and Tomahawk, as well as on chipsets from Cavium. The OS can run on open switches from HPE and Dell, as well as switches from ODMs including EdgeCore Networks and Quanta.
Controllers that support the 1.5 version of OpenFlow include ONOS and Ryu. OpenDaylight is still on the 1.3 version.
Pricing for PicOS ranges from $500 to $2,500 per switch depending on enabled features. Version 2.8 is available now.