Juniper Networks’ OpenContrail targets SDN innovation

Juniper Networks has introduced OpenContrail, an open source project aimed at enhancing innovation in software defined networking (SDN) and adoption of the cloud.

The new initiative makes the source code library for Contrail available through an open source license.

By making OpenContrail freely available, service providers and enterprises can now rapidly test and build SDNs that fit their unique needs and accelerates the move from lab environments to full scale production, Juniper Networks said on Monday.

To provide a complete stack of validated data center solutions that includes software and hardware components, Juniper Networks is working with industry leaders such as Apache CloudStack, Cloudscaling, IBM, and Mirantis.

OpenContrail, which is available today via an Apache 2.0 License, will provide all the components necessary to run a data-center overlay including an SDN controller, virtual router, orchestration API, analytics and management console. The source code and documentation are available at


“By providing both a fully supported commercial product, as well as a customizable open source version, we are catering to our customers’ needs and encouraging innovation via an open development community,” said  Ankur Singla, vice president and general manager SDN, Software Solutions Division, Juniper Networks.

Meanwhile, it announced Juniper Networks Contrail, a standards-based and scalable network virtualization and intelligence solution for SDN.

Contrail creates a virtual network, enabling seamless integration between physical and virtual networks while providing service providers and enterprises with a solution that is simple, open and agile. This network virtualization and intelligence solution has been in trials with more than 40 global customers.

The commercial version of Contrail is available today through Juniper Software Advantage and is offered as both a perpetual and subscription software license.

Perpetual license is priced at $1,700 per socket and one year subscription license at $1,000 per socket.

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