The controller software is compatible with both CloudStack and OpenStack cloud orchestration platforms, and enables federation of private, public and hybrid cloud environments, Juniper says. The analytics capability of Contrail is designed to augment management of the virtual network.
Even though SDN pioneer Big Switch Networks is backing away from overlays, claiming the technique is too complicated and time-consuming for customers, Muglia says that is not the case.
"When you have no overlay, you have to replace the networking equipment underneath," he says, adding that it took Juniper customers less than 12 to 18 months to build production SDNs with the Contrail overlay.
"There are big technical differences in Big Switch and Contrail," Muglia says, declining to go into specifics.
Contrail is in beta trials with more than 40 enterprise and service provider customers, Juniper says. The company has partnered with IBM to integrate Contrail with IBM's SmartCloud Orchestrator, a cloud management and service provisioning system.
Juniper is also working with Citrix CloudStack, Cloudscaling, IBM, Mirantis and RedHat to integrate OpenContrail with hypervisors – including KVM and Xen -- orchestration systems and underlying physical infrastructure.
The commercial version of Contrail is available now as a perpetual software license priced at $1,700 per socket, and a subscription software license of $1,000 per socket. The unrestricted use of OpenContrail is available now via an Apache 2.0 License at www.opencontrail.org.
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