The basic principles of SDN are the decoupling of the data plane and the control plane, enabling the SDN controller, a global view of the routing environment that sits below. Likewise OvSDB style databases can provide virtual network information, which like SDN and utilise OpenFlow to communicate information/profiles to the physical hardware equipment.

But you’re still tied to the equipment, more specifically the vendor’s ASIC, memory, caching requirements. What if you could uncouple the operating system from the hardware like in a server farm?

Pica8 delivers an option, the ability to buy third-party hardware and port your own communications stack, onto it, regardless of the underlying ASIC specifications.

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