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UNH-IOL Promotes Open Networking with ONIE Logo Certification Program

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UNH-IOL Promotes Open Networking with ONIE Logo Certification Program

March 09, 2017

  By Michael Guta, Contributing Writer

Interoperability is one feature organizations in the IT industry now look for more than ever. Whether it is enterprises, telecoms or data center and network operators, they all want to deploy a particular technology and have it operate without any conflict across vendors, platforms and systems. Open networking is simplifying the process, and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL (News - Alert)) just launched a certified Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) Logo Certification Program to make this possible. The logo will quickly identify organizations that conform to the open source initiative so end-users can choose their preferred network operating system (OS).

As an Open Compute Project, ONIE is an open source initiative looking to encourage and define install environments for bare metal network switches. The initiative wants end-users to have the choice between different network operating systems for bare metal network switch ecosystem. And the UNH-IOL was founded in 1988 on similar principles to provide broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies.

Network operators are moving away from the propriety-based solutions which greatly limited flexibility into a disaggregated model that allows them to use the software and hardware of their choice. With ONIE, end-users are able to choose from different network OSs with a white box network switch ecosystem. This simplifies the installation and use of a networking OS with greater interoperability between multiple software and hardware options to continue boosting an open networking ecosystem.

"Enabling choice in both hardware and software decisions, it creates a vast ecosystem. The UNH-IOL ONIE Tested Logo Program and ONIE Tested Integrators List propel open networking forward by enabling companies to validate their devices through trusted, third-party interoperability testing," said David Woolf, Senior Engineer, Datacenter Technologies, UNH-IOL.

The UNH-IOL ONIE Tested Logo and ONIE Tested Integrators List is going to provide third-party validation to ensure open, interoperable products for solution providers. Organizations that received the logo will be added to the integrators list, which is a central compilation of ONIE compliant solutions.

Cumulus Networks is one of the founding members of ONIE, and Curt Brune, Project Lead, ONIE and Principal Engineer, said, "ONIE certification offers numerous benefits to end users and hardware vendors.  With ONIE certified hardware, end users can procure with confidence, knowing their hardware purchases are ready for mega-scale deployment. For hardware vendors, ONIE certification adds an additional level of quality assurance and brand recognition to their hardware offerings." 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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