Juniper Networks has launched a Contrail Edge Cloud software solution, which gives service providers a near-limitless ability to deploy new cost-effective revenue generating services at the network edge. This solution 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.
Contrail Edge Cloud is the 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. The new solution leverages the software-defined networking capabilities of Contrail Networking and Contrail Security with Kubernetes and OpenStack to provide advanced networking. Juniper has built Contrail Edge Cloud based on Linux Foundation’s open Tungsten Fabric project.
The key features of this solution include:
- Ultra small footprint, which helps in optimising space-and power-constrained environments without sacrificing the rich functionality of a multitenant secure cloud.
- Zero-touch operators reduce the need for trained field support.
- It provides five-nines ability for multitenant traffic, load balancing, management and orchestration elasticity, and rapid failure detection and recovery.
- Capable of performing real-time monitoring and analytics for edge cloud, rendering operations simpler and more effective.
- Once a policy has been defined on the Contrail Edge Cloud, it could be applied anywhere on the network.
- The Contrail Edge Cloud has an integrated security with micro-segmentation, encryption, L4 firewall (Contrail Security), and L7 firewall (cSRX Container Firewall).
- It can adapt to variable resources and connectivity restraints by spinning up virtual machines and containers within the distributed edge cloud.
- This solution operates on the standard x86 servers with a centralised control plane that resides in the data centre, which gives it deployment flexibility.