In a bid to accelerate its push into the SDN market, Juniper Networks in September launched its long-touted Contrail SDN controller nine months ahead of schedule.
The controller, according to Juniper, is targeted at both enterprise customers and service providers. For enterprises, the controller can be used to virtualize any IP-based physical network in a data center and, because it integrates with cloud orchestration systems, to enable automation and orchestration across virtual overlay networks. For cloud service providers, the Contrail controller can be used to automate and provision services across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.
The controller is based largely on technology from SDN startup Contrail Systems, which Juniper snapped up in December 2012 for $176 million. The commercial version of the technology is available now through Juniper Software Advantage and is offered as both a perpetual and subscription software license.