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Pica8 Selected by AlwaysOn as an AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner

Pica8, Inc., the leader in open systems for software defined networking (SDN), today announced today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Inclusion in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Pica8, Inc. was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

Pica8 and the AlwaysOn Global 250 companies will be honored at AlwaysOn’s 12th annual Innovation Summit at the Computer History Museum on July 29th and 30th, 2014. This two-day exclusive event treats attendees to a high-level debate and discourse on top trends and opportunities in the booming digital media, entertainment, on-demand, and cloud computing sectors. The Innovation Summit is produced in an intimate and social setting, where participants can easily meet up, socially network, and make deals happen.

“As the expansion of the mobile and cloud markets continue, the companies on this year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 are racing to provide business and consumer users with the best products and services. The new generation of hardware and software solutions is making it possible for businesses to become even more efficient and profitable. Consumer apps are teaming up with smart advertising and marketing solutions, pairing consumers with goods and services from all across the globe,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The Global Silicon Valley is responding to shifting user patterns, as the desktop gives way to mobile devices. Business users are demanding seamless anytime, anywhere access their information—while consumers continue to ride the bleeding edge, creating and using the most powerful media applications technology has to offer. More legacy industries are being redefined by the innovation community, making the companies on this year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 the highest-growth opportunities in today’s private company marketplace.”

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2014 list.

Pica8 challenges the aged premise that hardware and software need to be tightly coupled. Our hardware-agnostic, Debian-based, and OpenFlow-supporting switching operating system--PicOS™--is loaded onto commoditized, or "white box" bare-metal switches purchased from our ODM (original design manufacturer) partners (including Accton and Quanta Computer). In a single package, you can leverage white box economics and our open operating system, with Pica8 providing full assistance for both.

A full list of all the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website at: http://www.aonetwork.com/

“Pica8 is working hard to develop the next generation of network switching for software-defined networks, and our technology puts us at the forefront of SDN development,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Pica8. “We are honored to have been selected as an AlwaysOn award winner.”

About Pica8, Inc.

Since 2009, Pica8 has been transforming the data center by providing the world’s first open switching system, which can be personalized to fit any application environment. A pioneer in the software-defined networking (SDN) revolution, Pica8’s PicOS™, its externally programmable switching operating system runs on commodity, bare-metal switches made by ODM partners to provide the ultimate in cost savings. In a single package, costs are slashed and customization for the data center becomes a promise fulfilled. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com.

About AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand connecting and informing the entrepreneurial community in the Global Silicon Valley. Founded by Red Herring founding editor, Tony Perkins in 2003, AlwaysOn’s mission is to continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, bloggers, and advertisers like no other media brand.

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