LAS VEGAS -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ITEXPO – At a conference session held today for executives and technologists, Steve Garrison, vice president of product marketing at Pica8 Inc., told attendees that deploying hardware-agnostic network operating systems will be critical for businesses, including cloud companies and service providers, if they want a smooth migration to an open network framework that includes software-defined networking (SDN).
Speaking at the SDN Pre-Conference at ITEXPO in Las Vegas, Garrison initially discussed market trends, including the industry focus on making networks more application-focused. He maintained that the lines of responsibility for delivering end-to-end network services are blurring between carrier access, data center and enterprise/branch levels. Garrison then defined an open network framework and set the parameters for why businesses looking to lower OpEx should move toward the deployment of commodity, white-box switches and leverage specialized operating systems designed to offer both centralized management control with automated and regionalized decision-making functionality.
“To drive optimum application performance, cloud and service providers especially will need agile, programmable networks,” said Garrison. “As we transition these organizations smoothly toward SDN, they will realize that having that agility will enable them to leverage their data center as a revenue-generation asset instead of merely a OpEx- and CapEx-draining cost center.”
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.