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Pica8 Open Networking Solutions Excel in Global SDN Interoperability Tests from Paris to Beijing

Pica8, the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), recently participated in the fifth semi-annual Open Networking Foundation (ONF) PlugFest hosted at the BII Global SDN Testing and Certification Center in Beijing, China. This PlugFest marks the latest successful international SDN interoperability event for Pica8. The P-3297 and P-3922 Open Networking switches from Pica8 successfully interoperated with other vendors utilizing the OpenFlow protocol v1.3 as well as OpenFlow controllers. This event comes just months after Pica8 participated in similar testing at the MPLS SDN World Congress EANTC interoperability event in Paris.

“From Paris to Beijing, interoperability is imperative for cloud and data center environments with a global presence,” says Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Pica8. “Pica8 was excited to collaborate with other vendors to demonstrate and work toward solutions the market will soon demand even in disparate environments and applications.”

The ONF PlugFest and EANTC testing event were assembled to foster interoperability, streamline deployment, and help commercialize SDN and OpenFlow. To simulate real-world scenarios, a significant portion of testing focused on interoperability between non-OpenFlow and OpenFlow switches.

“Interoperability testing plays an essential role in encouraging an open SDN ecosystem for the benefit of end users,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “This ONF PlugFest was the first time we tested OpenFlow devices in a global testing environment with a focus on version 1.3. We are especially excited by the eager participation of our vendor members, as their participation and that of the accredited testing facilities shows that the SDN movement is taking considerable steps toward placing the power of choice back into the hands of customers.”

“To achieve end-to-end, multi-vendor data center connectivity that provides elastic network services, we created an SDN network that generated and measured traffic as well as demonstrated how we could test control and management protocols,” said Carsten Rossenhövel, EANTC managing director. “We believe our testing provided some great data and excellent insight into how to best forge true interoperability that benefits the entire industry.”

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

About ONF

Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 140 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers, and users. For further details visit the ONF website at:

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