Agility for the Cloud with Juniper and OpenStack

OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources

Operating through a data center, administrators control a dashboard that gives them full control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

Cloud computing is transforming the way business is done today, and it”s not hard to see why when you think about all the far reaching benefits that the cloud promises: flexibility, company agility and economies of scale. As you dig deeper into the underlying layers of computers, storage and network, you rapidly recognize the intricacy in managing such an infrastructure in a dynamic environment where work stations are mobile and relocate all around the information network.

With the advances in server virtualization, it is possible to deploy applications within seconds. Nevertheless, making the matching modifications to the network infrastructure can take hours and sometime even days. In addition, the introduction of virtual networking parts such as virtual routers and switches, together with overlay innovation, makes the task of orchestrating the various pieces of the information center infrastructure quite a challenge. In order to really optimize the benefits of cloud computing, it is essential to highly manage the infrastructure of the different elements.

This is where OpenStack is available in. OpenStack provides the capacity to orchestrate compute, storage and network,  in concert with each other. OpenStack, an open platform that avoids vendor lock-in and enables companies to deploy an agile cloud infrastructure, aims to deliver a simple yet effective solution for all kinds of cloud deployments that is flexible, easy to deploy and scalable. Juniper is a participant of the OpenStack community and accepts the viewpoint of open standards by optimizing its networking options for OpenStack.


OpenStack has 3 major parts: Nova for calculate, Quantum for networking, and Swift for storage. Juniper provides Quantum plug-ins that simplify the network setup for the deployment of personal, public and hybrid clouds with a set of standard APIs. Furthermore, Juniper provides Quantum plug-ins that enable consumers to handle their physical along with their virtual networks, leading to quicker deployment of multi-tiered information center applications. Juniper’s Quantum plug-in can likewise be utilized to automate orchestration of overlay networks, enabling consumers to quickly deploy services on existing networking infrastructure.


Today Juniper has Quantum plug-ins to manage the EX series, QFX series and Qfabric switches. Likewise supported is native L3 capacities with the virtual network software overlay (from Contrail acquisition). Over time, these will continue to be loosely coupled components and Juniper will remain to support OpenStack and Quantum on all its networking platforms. Across these loosely combined, modular parts, Juniper will deliver enhancements at the solution level that is more safe and secure, inter-operable and scalable.

OpenStack derives its strength from the area and ecological community around it. Cloudscaling, an early member of this neighborhood, has deep domain experience in scaling virtualized data centers and elastic cloud environments for dynamic applications and understands the difficulties SP and business clients are dealing with as they relocate past SDN aviators.

Today, Cloudscaling and Juniper Networks announced a partnership that will incorporate Juniper’s virtual network control technology—– established by Contrail—– into Cloudscaling”s Open Cloud System( OCS). Together, Juniper and Cloudscaling will address the unfulfilled requirements of cloud networks that require a turnkey elastic cloud infrastructure that is open and can flawlessly inter-operate with existing and emerging heterogeneous networks.

Juniper’s (Contrail) Virtual Network Controller technology is even more than a basic emulation of a Layer 2 network. It resolves numerous of the troubles fundamental in other designs that compromise the dynamic scaling capacities that application developers expect of a Layer 3 network—– IP reach-ability and network services consisting of sophisticated security, horizontal scaling and fault tolerance. With the Contrail controller and OCS, clients get exactly what they expect: architectural and behavioral compatibility in between Layer 2 and Layer 3 topologies that simplifies automation and supports today’s venture applications and tomorrow’s hybrid deployments.

While the first step of the collaboration is the integration of Contrail innovation into Cloudscaling’s OCS to provide Virtual Private Cloud abilities, we will remain to establish brand-new capabilities and take part in collaboration tasks later on this year.

Download Juniper’s Openstack Plug-in for the Ex Lover Series, QFX series and QFabric switches.

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