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Juniper Contributes OpenContrail Codebase to Linux Foundation

December 15, 2017

Juniper Networks (News - Alert) is contributing its OpenContrail codebase to the Linux Foundation.

“Projects like OpenContrail bring local network overlay control into open source, enhancing the openness and broadening the ecosystem of software-defined networking. We look forward to joining others in working within the OpenContrail community,” says Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T (News - Alert) Labs, which last month released its vision for an Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System.

As for OpenContrail, that is Juniper’s open source network virtualization platform for the cloud. The company first open sourced its Juniper Contrail products in 2013, laying the path for what is now “a vibrant user and developer community around this project,” Juniper says.

Juniper was an early mover on the software defined networking opportunity with its late 2012 acquisition of Contrail. Juniper followed that up in September 2013 by announcing the commercial availability of Juniper Networks Contrail. And it has continued to add to its Contrail portfolio since then.

For example, in March the company introduced Open Cloud Interconnect. That’s a collection of data center interconnect solutions the company says allow for better automation, control, and visibility. It brought under one umbrella the company’s coherent optical technology with open and programmable routing, switching, security, and virtualization. Open Cloud Interconnect includes Contrail Networking and MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, among other solutions.

And on Wednesday the company announced Contrail Enterprise Multicloud. It enables organizations to combine previously disjointed cloud environments so they can be orchestrated, managed, and monitored through a single controller.

“Contrail Enterprise Multicloud relies on its ability to map abstract overlay services to each cloud-specific environment, leveraging IP routing across clouds to provide connectivity (multicloud networking-as-a-service) across application components, independently of which cloud execution environment they use,” Jacopo Pianigiani, product management director for Contrail software defined networks at Juniper Networks, wrote in a Dec. 13 blog. “Networking-as-a-service provides the ability to abstract the network connectivity across workloads through the definition of a policy that interconnects virtual networks. Workloads can be application ‘endpoints’ (e.g. a web frontend, an application database backend) or functions (e.g. a load balancer, a firewall) that are used to provide optimal processing of the application-component to application component traffic.”

The term multicloud seems to be popping up with increasing frequency in discussions from companies like Cisco (News - Alert) and Juniper lately.

Multicloud points to the fact that businesses are increasingly using a mix of different cloud services and cloud service providers. That’s different from the term hybrid cloud, which describes strategies that combine private and public clouds.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz