Software-Defined Networking (SDN) startup Pica8 has won a deal to supply white-box switches to build the network fabric at the TouIX Internet exchange, based in Toulouse, France. The Pica8 white boxes will replace Cisco equipment in the deal, according to a TouIX technology expert.
It's a small deal, but it may be indicative of SDN's appeal to Internet exchanges. Marc Bruyere, researcher at LAAS CNRS and one of the technology developers for TouIX, said Pica8's Open Flow-based switches provided better performance, cleaner management, and the capability to enable Web-based provisioning for customers.
"We really are vendor agnostic, that's what we wanted," said Bruyere in an interview with The Rayno Report. "Now we can buy from Pica8, Quanta, and other [white-box vendors] in the future."