The 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors For 2012


San Jose, Calif.

Category: Networking

Top Executive: James Liao, CEO

Two-year-old Pica8 was spun out of server vendor Quanta in January 2012, and what's gotten it a piece of the spotlight is a virtualized switch that the company says can handle the workloads of comparable Cisco switches for about one-eighth of the price. Pica8 builds physical switches using merchant silicon as opposed to ASICs, and it plans to enable open software that sits on top of those switches.