Pica8 WhiteBox Switching, SDN and OpenFlow Fundamentals [Video]

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  • Explain the advantages of white box switching
  • Explain the advantages of PicOS

This course explains and demonstrates white box switching technology using Pica8's operating system and physical white box switches.

Modules included:

  • Overview of the Pica8 architecture
  • Configure BGP on Pica8 switches
  • Configure OpenFlow without a controller (add flows manually to Open vSwitch)
  • Integrate Pica8 switches with multiple controllers: OpenDaylight, Floodlight, and HP VAN

Learn how to configure Pica8 PicOS in both Layer2/Layer3 mode and OpenFlow mode:

PicOS is the Pica8 network operating system software used on white box switches. PicOS eliminates vendor lock-in by delivering open, hardware-agnostic networking. Built on Linux, PicOS incorporates a full Layer-2 and Layer-3 feature set with support for OpenFlow, OVSDB, and other key SDN protocols. PicOS enables customers to deliver differentiated network applications and services on white box switches. PicOS features vASIC®, a hardware abstraction technology that simplifies the process of supporting new hardware platforms and is built on an unmodified Debian Linux kernel, making it easy for users to develop and integrate network applications. You will learn how to configure Open vSwitch on Pica8 switches. Open vSwitch (OVS) is a production quality, multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open-source Apache 2.0 license. It's designed to enable massive network automation through programmatic extension, while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols (such as NetFlow, sFlow, SPAN, RSPAN, CLI, LACP, and 802.1ag). Available on all Pica8® and supported white box switches, PicOS™ supports OpenFlow 1.4 through OVS 2.3 integration. OVS runs as a process within PicOS™, providing the and OVSDB interfaces for external programmability by controllers or orchestration platforms.

Style and Approach

This course explains and demonstrates the white box switching technology using Pica8's operating system and physical white box switches. You will be given an overview of the Pica8 architecture, and will learn how to configure BGP on Pica8 switches, OpenFlow without a controller (by adding flows manually to Open vSwitch) and more.

  • Learn about SDN, OpenFlow, and white box switching
  • Learn the advantages of PicOS
Course Length 2 hours 25 minutes
ISBN 9781838556389
Date Of Publication 17 Dec 2018


David Bombal

David Bombal (CCIE #11023 Emeritus) passed his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching exam in January 2003 and is one of a small percentage of Cisco Engineers that pass their CCIE labs on their first attempt. David was qualified as a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI #22787) many years ago! He has been training Cisco courses for over 15 years and has delivered instructor-led courses in various countries around the world covering a wide range of Cisco topics from CCNA to CCIE. He has also personally developed Cisco engineer utilities such as the VPN Config Generator, software, training materials, EBooks, videos and other products which are used throughout the world. David has designed, implemented and managed networks ranging from single sites to those that span 50 countries. David's Experts include developer evangelists, authors and a renowned team of professional network engineers.