SUNNYVALE, Calif - Juniper Networks today announced a new software solution that gives service providers a near-limitless ability to cost effectively deploy new revenue-generating services at the network edge. Juniper’s new Contrail Edge Cloud packs the industry’s most functionality into the smallest footprint among competitors to bring a full-fledged secure cloud experience to the space- and power-constrained edge network, which includes base stations, hub sites and switching sites.
Insatiable demand for connectivity and a need to continually invent new revenue sources have driven service providers to decentralize their network architecture and move latency-sensitive applications and services - including connected cars, AR/VR, and upcoming 5G services, from the core to the edge. While this part of the network serves as a key competitive asset that operators can leverage in moving beyond offering mere connectivity services, the edge also poses space, power, economic and management challenges that require rethinking existing cloud architectures to make service creation and deployment feasible. Deploying the same amount of hardware and software in every edge site as is deployed in centralized data centers would prove costly from both a capex and opex perspective.
Contrail Edge Cloud is the industry’s only production-grade solution that extends a full suite of orchestration, automation, security and analytics to the edge in order to deploy dynamic consumer and enterprise services in a cost and resource efficient manner. With this new solution that leverages the software-defined networking capabilities of Contrail Networking and Contrail Security with Kubernetes to provide advanced container networking, security and service chaining, Juniper has taken another step toward enabling a secure automated distributed cloud that provides operators a simple way to create, manage and monetize new services in preparation for 5G. As a champion of open source networking, Juniper has built Contrail Edge Cloud based on Linux Foundation’s open Tungsten Fabric project and continues to contribute to the Linux Foundation’s Akraino Edge Stack project to further the open cloud initiatives.
Features of the Contrail Edge Cloud include:
- Footprint-optimized distributed computing: OpenStack with distributed compute leverages the latest OpenStack capabilities to remotely manage the lifecycle of compute nodes and virtual machines (VMs) from a centralized data center without requiring the footprint of co-located OpenStack control plane functions in each of these remote edge sites. This is critical in space-, power- and compute-constrained edge sites.
- Containers for faster time to revenue: Kubernetes provides the orchestration for the containerized applications. Kubernetes containers will allow service providers to increase the density of applications deployed on their platforms and be more immediately responsive to service provisioning and activation.
- Unified workflow, policy and service chaining: Contrail Networking with remote compute capabilities enables service providers to deliver a seamless network fabric between VMs, containers and bare metal servers from a single user interface across physical and virtual environments. Contrail Networking translates abstract workflows into specific networking policies, simplifying the orchestration of virtual overlay connectivity across all environments. Fabric management capabilities automate policies and life-cycle management of each data center and edge site fabric. Contrail Networking provides connectivity and service chaining for OpenStack VM, Kubernetes containers, and bare metal workloads without requiring the footprint of co-located control plane functions.
- Native security and microsegmentation: Contrail Security provides visibility, telemetry, and network policy enforcement in a single unified mechanism for service providers that are increasingly deploying a mix of VMs and containers. It includes adaptive firewall policies, and tag-based ability to enforce security policies across Kubernetes and OpenStack.
- Open source storage: Ceph, a massively scalable, open-source, software-defined storage system capable of auto-scaling to the exabyte capacity, provides a common OpenStack and Kubernetes infrastructure for file, object and block storage.
- Machine learning-based analytics: AppFormix provides machine learning-based performance and health monitoring to give health and service insights into workloads and deployments.
- Full-featured virtualized security: cSRX and vSRX deliver an industry leading container and virtualized security instance as part of the service chain.
Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)