It would be an understatement to say it is an exciting time to work in open networking. Open Network Linux (ONL) continues to partner with open switch vendors such as Accton/Edge-Core, Celestica, Dell, Facebook, Mellanox, Quanta and a few unnamed/upcoming vendors. ONL is at the forefront of system support, bringing in new systems weekly, as we continue to make working with our partners and the community our priority to further push the boundaries of innovation together.
ONL has been part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) in an official capacity for nearly two years and we've watched as open hardware and software has gained mindshare with end users, technologists and even vendors who were not always "open." As ONL continues to gain traction as a popular distribution for open network hardware, it will result in less integration work for hardware and software vendors, fewer bugs, and increased reliability as ONL-based products are shipped to end customers.
ONL continues to receive kernel patches and contributions from vendors both new and pre-existing, which is a signal to us that the open source community believes that a common network operating system base like ONL is an important step forward for the industry to accelerate open networking adoption that drives cost savings for open hardware. If adoption of ONL is any indication, the days of proprietary, vertically integrated, and closed vendor stacks are numbered.
Working with Facebook on Wedge100, FBOSS, and Backpack
New CPU, ASIC Support: ARM, Mellanox, Cavium
Support for 12 New Platforms
In addition to the Facebook boxes above, we’ve added support for the following new 1G, 10G, and 100G switch platforms:
We will continue to improve our integration, platform support, and user experience, with FBOSS and other forwarding agents. In addition to Facebook’s Backpack switch, we will be adding support for new Open Compute Project chassis-based switches. The community accomplished a ton this year and we look forward to working alongside our partners at OCP to further push the boundaries of innovation in 2017.
Steven NobleOpen Networking Evangelist, @sonoble
Open Network Linux is a Linux distribution for open network switches, that is, network forwarding devices built from commodity components. ONL uses ONIE to install onto on-board flash memory. Open Network Linux is a part of the Open Compute Project and is a component in a growing collection of open source and commercial projects.