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Pica8 Boosts Data Center Interconnectivity

Mitch Wagner
4/24/2015

Pica8 this week added support for the Labeled BGP protocol to its white box SDN switch operating system, providing a standardized means of connecting data centers across different domains using tunneling across WANs.

Support for this Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard is designed to make Pica8 Inc. 's switches more attractive to regional operators, including providers of managed services, boutique cloud services, basic Internet services and FTTB, says Pica8 Vice President of Marketing Steve Garrison.

Labeled BGP is an alternative to VXLAN, a standard for creating logical networks that span different physical networks. VXLAN operates inside the data center while Labeled BGP operates over a WAN using MPLS. 

Traditionally, Labeled BGP has been available on high-end Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) equipment, Garrison says. Pica8 has been available on its switches for about a year.


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"We're making a bet that regional service providers will adopt MPLS and BGP before VXLAN," says Garrison. His reasoning is that MPLS and BGP are already deployed in the bigger data centers today, and MPLS allows network operators to connect data centers over the public Internet while still providing the quality of service predictability of a closed circuit.

"With MPLS, once you nail up the circuit, it doesn't change unless you control it to change," he adds. "It's more circuit-like behavior in a packet-based world."

Labeled BBP is part of Pica8's PicOS 2.6 operating system.

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Dredgie
Dredgie
4/28/2015 | 3:19:03 PM
BGP within the data center
> BGP-based MPLS label distro in the WAN (or SDN-enabled MPLS) lends itself nicely to eradicating overlays in the data center LAN - including VXLAN - as many people with growing compute infrastructures are considering, right now. With native IP routing and BGP route discovery in the host, both inter and intra DC connectivity can be dramatically simplified. 
justin.chugg@vocalipx.com
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4/28/2015 | 2:10:55 PM
MPLS or WAN Virtualization
Interesting, but I wonder if WAN Virtualization (http://vocalipnetworx.co/wan-ad/n) will replace MPLS?

 
thebulk
thebulk
4/25/2015 | 2:37:01 PM
Targeted
Its interesting that they are targeting regional providers, I will be interested to see if their bet pays off. 
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