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Juniper Takes SDN Contrail Commercial, Open Source

By Paula Bernier September 18, 2013

Juniper Networks this week announced the commercial availability of its software-defined networking solution, Juniper Networks Contrail, which in recent months has been in trials with more than 40 customers. This commercial release wasn’t expected until next year, according to reports, so it’s already ahead of schedule. The company is making the source code library for Juniper Networks Contrail available through an open source license via OpenContrail, a new initiative, also announced this week.

Formerly known as JunosV Contrail, Juniper Networks Contrail includes an analytics engine, SDN controller, and vRouter. It is also integrated with Juniper’s Firefly Perimeter virtual firewall and is compatible with CloudStack and OpenStack platforms.

It is delivered in two modes: via a $1,700-per-socket perpetual license, or a $1,000-per-socket one-year subscription license.

In addition to virtualizing the network, it brings advanced networking capabilities into the hypervisor and integrates with cloud orchestration systems to enable seamless automation and orchestration across multiple cloud platforms, according to Juniper. That allows for the connection of physical and virtual environments and easier provisioning of underlying services. And that means reduced time, cost and risk in network configuration.

The solution is based on technology that Juniper got through its $176 million acquisition of Contrail Systems in December.

While some industry pundits and SDN upstarts have said software-defined networking and networks functions virtualization are a threat to embedded equipment providers like Cisco and Juniper, which have built huge businesses on solutions leveraging proprietary hardware, Juniper’s strategy is to embrace these new network architectures while at the same time supporting proprietary protocols like BGP and XMPP as opposed to open source protocols, namely OpenFlow.

To learn more about NFV, TMC welcomes you to Software Telco Congress, Nov. 19-21 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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