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Juniper releases Contrail SDN controller

Juniper releases Contrail SDN controller

Networking vendor releases network virtualisation product following Contrail’s acquisition last year

Juniper Networks has released its Contrail based software-defined networks (SDN) controller, Juniper Networks Contrail.

The SDN-based network virtualisation solution comes with full integration into OpenStack and CloudStack, as well as a complete set of analytics and a graphical user interface.

Juniper Networks software solutions division executive vice president, Bob Muglia, said the product solves the problem of network function virtualisation for service providers that want to move their network services from network hardware to a virtualised x86 environment.

“This is a full production system that provides the full set of network virtualisation functionality for an OpenStack and CloudStack environment within a datacentre for people who want to implement a private or public Cloud,” he said.

Muglia adds that that the vendor has focused on making Juniper Networks Contrail the best product in its category.

“That feeling comes from having worked with 40 customers globally, service providers and enterprises, that have given us positive feedback on the product,” he said.

Revised schedule

Juniper Networks Contrail’s journey to this point began with the acquisition of Contrail by Juniper in December last year.

Muglia admits that the vendor has been working on the SDN “for some time” since the acquisition was completed.

“We talked a bit about that in January, and that time I made a commitment that it would be available in 2014,” he said.

“I later revised that commitment to the second half of 2013, so I’m pleased that we can release it in the third quarter of this year.”

Muglia said that the release of Juniper Networks Contrail “may be the first time” in his career where he has revised a schedule twice downward.

“I have done the opposite a couple of times in the past, which is much less fun, so it was nice to get this down earlier than anticipated,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.


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