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2 hours ago Done PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pica8, Inc., the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), today announced a new initiative to simplify adoption of Linux-based network operating systems (OS) available on bare metal switches by enabling users to download Pica8s network OS for free. Pica8 pioneered open networking when it introduced PicOS , the first network OS that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to SDN using commodity switches. By offering a free-trial download of PicOS, we want to demonstrate that high-performance network hardware and software can be bought separately, just the as server industry has successfully shown through its supply chain model for many years, said Olivier Vautrin, head of Product Line Management for Pica8. PicOS is easy to install, leveraging the open-source Open Network Install Environment ( ONIE ) boot loader, as well as Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) tools that simplify the on-boarding of PicOS on pre-qualified bare metal switches. A PicOS license can be turned on at any time, enabling the user to have full access to the hardware as well as having service and support bundled for a fully integrated package. Licensing options include perpetual (one time), site, and pre-loaded systems . Offering free trial downloads of its PicOS operating system lowers the barrier to entry for organizations wanting to explore SDN, said Brad Casemore, director of research for datacenter networks at IDC. Pica8 recognizes that SDN is still a relatively new development for many customers, and its trying to make the transition easier and more cost-effective with a full-featured OS that runs on a number of bare-metal switches. PicOS is the first bare metal compatible network operating system that enables customers to seamlessly and easily integrate conventional networking and SDN. PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocolsthat is extendable bySDN and OpenFlow capacity through Pica8s Open-vSwitch (OVS) implementation.PicOS offers aunique, comprehensive and flexible configuration management environment from either a Linux shell, a feature-rich command line interface (CLI) or a comprehensive set of APIs (JSON RPC and OpenFlow).PicOS runs as an application in user space in an un-modified Linux kernel, leveraging kernelthread protectionand compatibility with DevOps toolssuch as Chef and Puppet that are popular with server and system administrators. Those wishing to deploy PicOS can choose from a wide selection of qualified bare metal switches or obtain the OS as pre-loaded from the following Hardware Ecosystem Partners and Open Networking suppliers . A base configuration starts with the Linux Switching OS package. For additional functionality, users can select either the Routing or OpenFlow Editions, based on their use case. The complete PicOS datasheet is here The Free Trial is available here . Network operation system using user space standard Debian Linux environment Leverage vast array of standard Linux tools as a common management and operations framework Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) functionality coupled with ONIE delivers a true bare metal to application environment. Rich Layer-2 protocol stack with MLAG, seamlessly integrating into existing architectures Full Layer-2 & Layer-3 ACL support IPv4 & IPv6 Static Routing Rich OSPF and BGP protocol stacks integrating into existing spine / leaf architectures IPv6 routing protocol support (OSPFv3, MBGP) Multicast PIM support NAT (depends on ASIC support) VXLAN network virtualization (depends on ASIC support) Leading OpenFlow 1.4 support through OVS 2.0 Deliver true seamless migration to SDN through CrossFlow mode (Layer-2 / Layer-3 and OpenFlow simultaneously) Leveraging OpenFlow to control MPLS, GRE, NVGRE or VXLAN tunnels, delivering on the promise of open programmability Support for all major OpenFlow controllers (for example: OpenStack Neutron ML2, OpenDaylight, Ryu) l About Pica8, Inc. Pica8 pioneered open networking with PicOS, the first network operating system that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity bare metal switches. PicOS provides extensive support for traditional switching and routing protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS). Pica8 can provide PicOS, switching hardware or both in a fully integrated package as part of an end-to-end data center SDN solution, and makes adopting SDN easy with a Starter Kit that enables deployment in hours rather than months. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit http://www.pica8.com or follow @pica8 on Twitter. Information Technology
“The SmartUse app is the most advanced mobile solution for viewing, marking up, auto-linking and sharing project plans,” said Newforma Chief Executive Officer Ian Howell. “It allows contractors and owners to easily review plans on computers in their offices or on tablets on the job site. Because it also operates on a large, 55-inch touch screen, SmartUse enables an entire project team to interact with a set of documents as they collaborate in real time in a project office or job trailer. We are excited to add this new product to help contractors and owners better manage the thousands of plans they keep and reference for all of their projects. We are also delighted to welcome the extremely talented employees of SmartUse to the Newforma team.” SmartUse Founder and Chief Executive Officer Francois Tanguay has joined Newforma as vice president of business development. “SmartUse strengthens Newforma’s already strong product lineup by meeting the mobility needs of contractors and owners, not only in the construction industry, but in other industries where project plans need to be reviewed, marked up and shared,” Tanguay said. “By combining forces with Newforma, we will be able to continue advancing our mobile collaboration solution, transforming how contractors and owners manage project information.” The product will continue to be sold under the SmartUse name and it will be marketed and supported by Newforma internationally. The SmartUse app operates on Apple iPad tablets and Macintosh computers, Windows 7 PCs, and Windows 8 devices, including a 55-inch (A0 size) workstation. Smart Use can be downloaded as a free viewer for unlimited users or as a fully functional 30 day free trial. About SmartUse SmartUse provides building and infrastructure owners and construction team members with a complete solution to quickly and easily review, annotate, compare, and share plans. SmartUse customers are saving time, paper and space as they manage plans and collaborate with team members. More about the technology and features of SmartUse collaboration software may be seen at http://www.smartuse.com . About Newforma Newforma develops, sells and supports project information management ( PIM ) software for architecture, engineering, and construction firms worldwide, and the owners they serve. Newforma products make up the first industry-focused and integrated solution to connect firms to each other, to their project information, to their processes, and to remote team members, all for the purpose of more successful project delivery. Customers use Newforma software on more than 1.5 million projects worldwide to raise productivity, reduce exposure to risk, strengthen their brands, and liberate time and attention to focus on design, construction, and client service. For more information about Newforma, visit http://www.newforma.com , or phone +1 603-625-6212. 2014 Newforma, Inc. Newforma is a registered trademark of Newforma, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. SmartUse is a trademark of Newforma Canada ULC.