The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2013


Pica8

CEO: James Liao

San Jose-based Pica8 was spun out from sever vendor Quanta roughly a year-and-a-half ago, offering a virtualized network switch built with merchant silicon. Today, Pica8's claim to fame is its "open SDN reference architecture," or an approach to software-defined networking that basically provides a blueprint for cloud providers to combine switches with an OS and an OpenFlow controller.

The startup in December launched the Pica8 SDN Starter Kit, an "out-of-the-box" kit that includes an open-source network controller, a programmable network tap, an open-source network intrusion detection system, and other components meant to give customers a complete SDN solution "that doesn't take months to implement."