Pica8 joined the rank of ONIE

Pica8 joined the rank of ONIE
The PicOS™ support the ONIE which is the first network operating system that enables customers to easily migrate from conventional networking to software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity bare metal switches. PicOS™ supports all major routing and switching protocols and delivers SDN solutions through Pica8’s adoption of Open-vSwitch (OVS)

What’s ONIE
The Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) is an Open Compute Project open source initiative that defines an open “install environment” for bare metal network switches. ONIE enables a bare metal network switch ecosystem where end users have a choice among different network operating systems.

ONIE defines an open source “install environment” that runs on this management subsystem utilizing facilities in a Linux/BusyBox environment. This environment allows 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 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