Juniper Networks brings Contrail Enterprise Multicloud to enterprise data centers


Juniper Networks has announced the expansion of Contrail Enterprise Multicloud to include end-to-end policy and control capability on any workload in both physical and virtual environments, on any cloud, and across multivendor environments.

According to Juniper Networks, the Contrail Enterprise Multicloud is the only multicloud-ready orchestration and analytics platform with such wide support. The company says that Contrail Enterprise Multicloud gives enterprises an ability to manage and monitor workload policies from a single command center.

Even if enterprises are running multiple cloud environments, either public, private, or both, it will allow them to have a policy orchestration solution built on a single platform with a single point of control, rather than resorting to two or more controllers or systems to manage overlay, underlay and network devices.

With many enterprises moving to the cloud in order to get better efficiency and lower the cost, most companies are currently working on hybrid environments, which is usually raising the complexity of managing such infrastructure, something that Contrail Enterprise Multicloud can overcome.

“Operating in a multicloud world requires more than just connectivity – it’s about delivering an infrastructure that is invisible to users. As workloads move to the cloud, enterprises require a single, cohesive architecture with end-to-end orchestration and visibility. But achieving this balance is a complex and prolonged process”, said Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer at Juniper Networks. “By leveraging Contrail Enterprise Multicloud as an end-to-end multicloud enabler, enterprises now have one single platform for overlay and underlay management, heterogeneous compute environments, including bare metal servers, virtual machines, containers and networking devices, private and public clouds, orchestration of networking and security policies, and advanced analytics”, he added.

According to Juniper Networks’ Contrail Enterprise Multicloud page, the platform automates the transformation of multiple independent cloud infrastructures into a seamlessly managed multicloud, providing full control of and visibility into all services. It uses the principles of SDN and network overlays to extend managed infrastructures from private clouds to physical network devices in data centers, cloud interconnects, WANs, and public clouds.

Juniper was also keen to note that it integrates with widely used orchestration tools such as OpenStack, Kubernetes, Mesos, OpenShift, and VMware cloud management systems, as well as popular DevOps tools like Ansible and Helm.

Juniper will face tough competition in the multicloud orchestration market from the likes of Cisco’s ACI, VMware and its NSX, and HPE’s OneSphere, especially since Juniper does not have a big impact in the data center market.

Juniper went into multicloud management software market by acquiring Contrail Systems back in 2012, which was its venture into software-defined networking. In late 2017, the company also moved its OpenContrail software-defined networking (SDN) controller to the Linux Foundation, where it got renamed to TungstenFabric.

According to a blog post written by Mike Bushong, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing at Juniper Networks, while the today’s announcement is focused on data centers, the company will focus its multicloud strategy on other segments in the enterprise network, including campus, branch and the public cloud.

The company also introduced its 5-step multicloud migration framework which should provide enterprises with a set of best practices, natural technology insertions and recommended products, and services to ease their way to a secure and automated multicloud.