Juniper Expands Its Edge Networking Ambitions

When Juniper Networks first acquired and then built out Contrail to be its flagship software-defined networking (SDN) controller technology, the movement was all about cloud and enabling cloud-like data centers. Now in 2018, the momentum has shifted to edge computing.

With edge computing, rather than having all functions occur in a centralized cloud, some data collection and compute elements can happen at the edge of a network, thanks in no small part to the emergence of 5G and SD-WAN capabilities.

The new Contrail Edge Cloud technology was announced on Sept. 17, providing an edge-optimized version of Juniper’s SDN platform. Contrail Edge Cloud is based on the Linux Foundation’s open source Tungsten project, which was formerly known as Open Contrail. The edge solution is integrated with Red Hat’s OpenStack platform and can also support Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform as well as other Kubernetes distributions.

Contrail Edge Cloud also works with Juniper’s cSRX container firewall and vSRX virtual firewall, as well as Juniper’s AppFormix analytics software.

“Contrail Edge Cloud is a software-defined, virtualized solution that leverages a very small footprint optimized for space- and power-constrained edge deployments, without sacrificing the rich functionalities of a multi-tenant secure cloud,” Juniper CTO Bikash Koley wrote in a blog post. “With improved service delivery at the edge, service providers can deploy dynamic, low-latency microservices closer to their customers, delivering the right amount of ‘stickiness’ for retail subscribers and expanding new business services for their enterprise customers.”

Juniper Contrail Edge

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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