Monday, October 6, 2014

Pica8 Adopts ONIE Network Switch OS Bootloader

Pica8 has adopted the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), which has been accepted by the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation an industry standard network boot loader for installing software on network switches.

Pica8 said ONIE is accelerating the widespread adoption of bare metal switches by making it much easier for customers to buy and deploy standards-based network hardware. ONIE comes pre-loaded on bare metal switches from leading switch manufacturers, and as such, it dramatically reduces the overall capital and operating cost of network switches.

“Our goal is to enable choice in selecting network hardware and software, and PicOS supports bare metal switches from major original device manufacturers,” said Steve Garrison, Vice President of Marketing at Pica8. “By supporting ONIE, we make it easier than ever for our customers to integrate PicOS onto the bare metal switches of their choice.”

The ONIE ecosystem includes supporters from the switching, software, and silicon manufacturing sectors.