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.