Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud wired and wireless networking, today announced that it has partnered with Pica8 to bring true software-defined network (SDN) solution using Pica8’s OpenFlow-based PicOS network operating system (NOS) and Cavium’s revolutionary XPliant switch chip. The combination of these technologies enables end users, switch manufacturers and system integrators to create customized SDN environments to meet business and application needs.
Traditionally, switching ASIC pipelines have been fixed function and optimized for traditional ‘client-server’ environments, as a result they have limited flexibility in adapting the switch functionality needed to support varied SDN needs. Today, networks need to be flexible to conform to unpredictable application demands, driven by SaaS and cloud adoption. Cavium’s programmable XPliant switching silicon is the missing building block in providing full programmability of SDN environments. The XPliant switch, combined with PicOS, the market leading OpenFlow-based NOS, gives customers greater granular control to program their infrastructure. Customers can now choose exactly the right switching characteristics, NOS, and SDN applications to meet specific business needs.
Cavium and Pica8 plan to have generally available products in Q1 of 2016.