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March 19, 2015

Juniper & Mirantis to build OpenStack clouds at scale

Partnership will give support for open-source cloud deployments.

By James Nunns

Juniper Networks has announced an expanded engineering partnership with Mirantis, in order to provide customers with an open-source Software Defined Networking fabric to deploy OpenStack clouds.

Mirantis OpenStack will now support and interoperate with Juniper Contrail Networking, a standards based SDN solution for enterprise and service provider customers.

Mirantis OpenStack will also support and interoperate with OpenContrail, which is an open source SDN solution.

Ankur Singla, corporate vice president and general manager, Cloud Software at Juniper Networks, said: "Mirantis is the go-to vendor for building an OpenStack cloud. Integration of Mirantis OpenStack with Juniper Contrail Networking gives the enterprise-grade support that customers expect for large-scale open-source cloud deployments."

"By providing developers, partners and customers a proven, open-source reference architecture, together Mirantis and Juniper will help accelerate adoption, foster new innovation and help customers realize the benefits of SDN more quickly."

With the OpenStack market estimated to grow in size to $1.7bn by 2016, there is growing demand from enterprises and service providers for open-source software.

Jason Venner, Mirantis, chief architect and OpenContrail Advisory Board member, said: "Real-life customer installations demonstrate that Juniper Contrail Networking works at scale for OpenStack."

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"By leveraging Juniper Contrail Networking with Mirantis OpenStack, companies can reliably operate large production OpenStack clouds with software-defined networking, improving data center performance, automation and scalability. Plus, its open source and proven open-standard protocols offer customers future-proofing and investment protection in how they architect their cloud."

The two companies have published a reference architecture for deploying and managing Juniper Contrail Networking with Mirantis OpenStack. This will help customers to scale OpenStack clouds without the need for vendor-propritary networking and management software.

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