Open Network Install Environment
The Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) is an Open Compute Project (OCP) open source initiative driven by a community to define an open "install environment" for bare metal network switches, such as existing original design manufacturers (ODM) switches and the upcoming OCP network switch design.
ONIE is an open source "install environment" that acts as an enhanced boot loader utilizing facilities in a Linux/BusyBox environment. This small Linux operating system (OS) enables end-users and channel partners to install the target network OS as part of data center provisioning, in the fashion that servers are provisioned.
ONIE fosters a bare metal network switch ecosystem that provides end users with a choice among different network OS. Supporting members include Accton, Agema, Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Dell, Penguin Computing, Pica8® and Quanta Computer.
ONIE enables switch hardware suppliers, distributors and resellers to manage their operations based on a small number of hardware SKUs. This in turn creates economies of scale in manufacturing, distribution, stocking, and RMA enabling a thriving ecosystem of both network hardware and operating system alternatives
- Combines a boot loader with a modern Linux kernel and BusyBox
- Disruptive, liberating users from a captive, pre-installed network OS
- Manage your switches like you manage your Linux servers
- Provides an environment for installing any network OS
- Helps automate large scale data center switch provisioning
For more information, visit ONIE