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Pica8 Support PoE White Box Switch

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6/22/2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Pica8®, Inc., the one-stop source for white box networking, today announced that it is the first to support Edge-Core’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) 48-port white box bare metal switch. This is another milestone in Pica8’s strategy to address the service provider market. For the past six months, Pica8 has been working with a variety of service provider customers, including Telcos, cloud providers, and regional ISPs, to introduce features and products that enable these providers to introduce a wider variety of services to their end customers with a focus on OpEx reduction. Switches that support PoE are essential for offering on-premise services such as VoIP and Wi-Fi. By leveraging white box networking, service providers can sell new services to light up their small and medium business (SMB) customer network applications at buildings and multi-tenant locations, thereby offering a more complete solution to end users and increasing revenue per subscriber.

“Service providers are a growing channel for network infrastructure,” said Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst at Doyle Research. “As more services move to the cloud, service providers now offer complete service delivery and management services, and are a channel for software networking vendors that offer services that are dynamic and easy to scale.”

“Service providers want more than point solutions from their vendors,” said Zeus Keravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “Companies that see the service provider market as a channel and a means to reach the SMB space will ride a huge wave in the coming years. We see share shifting to service providers over time, and Pica8 is positioning itself to take advantage of this tectonic shift.”

“Pica8 sees the need to add more breadth to our portfolio, thereby offering more of a one stop shop for these providers,” said Steve Garrison, VP of Marketing at Pica8. “Over the past six months, we have introduced MPLS Labeled BGP, 100 GbE switches, network virtualization, OpenStack and VXLAN support. With this new 48-port PoE switch, Pica8 is filling a network need for regional service providers to sell services right into the customer premises.”

The Edge-Core AS4610-54P bare-metal switch supports PoE and has 4x10G SPF+ uplinks and is ARM based with the Heilix-4 ASIC. The Edge-Core AS4610-54T is also supported (non PoE version). Pica8’s operating system is available on a growing list of compatible hardware through their hardware ecosystem partner program, which Edge-Core joined last year.

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