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[January 11, 2018]

Pica8's PICOS® NOS Deployed in Top-Tier Retailer's Stores Nationwide

Pica8, a leading provider of advanced, open networking software, today announced that a top tier retailer has selected the company's PICOS® Network Operating System (NOS) and deployed it in production at the first 200 of its several thousand US retail stores, thus providing the stores with a far more cost-effective and secure retail network that is also optimized for future service expansion.

Pica8 is exhibiting its solution at the National Retail Federation's "Big Show," January 14-16 Booth 1480 at the Javits Convention Center in New York.

"Today, retailers are wrestling with tight margins, security threats, revenue-interrupting outages, vendor lock-in, adoption of VoIP and increased competition from on-line retailers. To address these issues, there is a growing interest to gain flexibility, improve security and contain costs by using multiple vendors," said Dan Conde, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (News - Alert). "Using a data network operating system with portability across hardware platforms to provide a transformed, yet uniform customer experience across their retail outlets is one way to achieve that."

"This migration follows the portability available to enterprise IT applications across white box servers used by cloud service providers like Amazon, Google (News - Alert), Microsof and Netflix," said James Liao, CEO at Pica8. "Pica8's Network Operating System is helping retailers address these challenges now by delivering a customized, retailer-specific NOS with enhanced PoS PCI (News - Alert) compliance. With retail deployments like this, customers demonstrate their technical leadership in the Retail Store networking space."

"Pica8 supports our retail customers both during and after their transition to PICOS to create their own standardized NOS to power their retail stores. This allows them to not only lower initial Capex expenditures, but also control Opex costs by reducing vendor hardware support costs and dispatches of IT personnel to retail locations far from IT headquarters. Uniquely, PICOS also allows retailers' SecOps groups to dynamically update their security configurations across their Pica8 infrastructure in real time without any interruption of in-store operations. Lastly, their standardized PICOS NOS combats discontinued support on legacy network hardware," said Jeff Paine, VP of Marketing at Pica8.

"PICOS adheres to Open Switch Standards, enabling enterprises and service providers to select from a broad range of orchestration, network management, and software-defined networking solutions," said Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst, Network Management, at Enterprise Management Associates. "This offers adopters a fair amount of investment protection by giving them access to future innovations."

About Pica8

Pica8 is breaking barriers to truly customizable application performance through open networking standards. With its Linux-based PICOS network operating system, Pica8 enables custom traffic engineering and empowers white box and brite box switches to integrate easily with existing Layer 2/Layer 3. Since 2009, Pica8 has pioneered new open networking technologies such as Linux-based networking, OpenFlow and CrossFlow networking, vASIC® and Table Type Patterns. Through ongoing innovation, Pica8 is a trusted brand that unlocks the potential of made-to-order networking, offering a mainstream alternative to legacy proprietary systems. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) @pica8.

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