Pronto to Merge with Pica8

Pronto Systems To Merge With Software Start-up Pica8 Systems

Palo Alto, Calif., April 11, 2011 – Pronto Systems, Inc., a data center networking start-up, announced today it has entered an agreement to merge with Pica8 Systems, a privately held company based in Beijing, China. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Pronto and Pica8 share the same vision, to create an open networking platform to enable the innovation in data center infrastructure.” said James Liao, the founder and CEO of Pronto Systems, “With Pica8’s open networking software and Pronto’s open platform, the new Pronto will be able to accelerate the development of open networking platform. We will work with big cloud providers, open source networking software, research institutes, and Openflow community to bring innovation to data center network infrastructure.”

Pica8 Systems provided development, support, and service of switching software to data centers. Pica8’s customers include major data centers in China and research institutes in North America.

“Pica8 has been a long-time partner to Pronto Systems and we share many customers.” said Dr. Lin Du, the founder and CEO of Pica8, “The merge of Pronto Systems and Pica8 systems will bring better products and better service to our customers. In the meantime, this will significantly accelerate our pace of bringing innovation to the market.”

“At Stanford we have been using Pronto hardware and Pica8 software to research ways to improve software-defined networking, develop new applications on top of SDN, and help campuses deploy SDN in their networks.” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of Stanford’s Clean Slate Design of Internet, “Several of the institutions, including Stanford, that are participating in GENI campus trials are using Pronto switches in their networks.”

After the merge, Pronto expanded its open network program to include not only the platform but also the operating system and the protocol stack. The merge also enabled Pronto to provide single point of contact to support the hardware and software of the switches.

“Macrotron has been the North America reseller for both Pronto and Pica8, and we worked closely with both companies.” said Tim Maass, Dir. of Marketing and Sales for Macrotron Systems, “We are glad to see the merge of the two companies. This will allow Macrotron to better handle service and support for both hardware and software for our customers.”

The merged company will use the name Pica8 Inc., with headquarter in Palo Alto.


About James Liao
James is a data center architect, focusing on the scalability and operation of data center infrastructure.

One Response to Pronto to Merge with Pica8

  1. Avi Gingold says:

    Congratulations – James!

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