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Juniper Networks has introduced a new software solution that, it says, offers ISPs virtually unlimited possibilities for cost-efficient implementation of new revenue-generating services on the network edge. It’s about Contrail Edge Cloud.

Contrail Edge Cloud should unite the widest range of network capabilities within a space-saving solution. This allows operators to bring a complete and secure cloud experience to the edge network. The solution spans both base stations, hubs and switch locations.

By moving latency-sensitive applications and network services such as 5G to the edge, operators are able to complement simple connectivity services with distinctive network services. The problem, however, is that there are limitations in terms of space, costs, power supplies and management options. As a result, operators need to revise their existing cloud architectures to develop and deploy network services in a cost-effective manner. Contrail Edge Cloud must help by bringing a full range of automation, orchestration, security, and data analytics capabilities to the edge.

OpenStack and Kubernetes

With Contrail Edge Cloud, operators can cost-effectively develop dynamic network services for consumers and businesses. The solution combines software defined networking (SDN) capabilities of Contrail Networking and Contrail Security in combination with Kubernetes and Openstack.

OpenStack is a scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. This makes it possible to manage virtual machines remotely and from centralized data centers. A footprint of OpenStack control functions on all external edge sites is not required. This is important because there are limited possibilities in terms of space, power and computing power on edge sites.

Kubernetes provides orchestration of containerized applications. With Kubernetes containers, operators can run more applications on their platform. It is also possible to set up and activate new network services more quickly.

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Remote management

Furthermore, Contrail Networking offers possibilities for remote management. This allows operators to establish a seamless network structure between virtual machines, containers and bare metal servers from a central location. This is not only possible for physical environments, but also for virtualized environments.

In addition, there is a built-in security and micro-segmentation. Contrail Security offers adaptive firewall policies and tag-based possibilities for applying security rules for Kubernetes and OpenStack, among other things. Data analysis based on machine learning is also possible via AppFormix.

Finally, Contrail Security incorporates open source storage technology via Red Hat Ceph. This provides highly scalable storage on standard hardware that manages petabytes of data in different clouds and from local workloads.

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