Canonical and Juniper have teamed up to provide an Ubuntu based distribution for datacenter ecosystems called Contrail Cloud Platform. The CCP will give carriers the ability to provide Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) throughout their datacenters.
In the deal, Juniper Networks has agreed to distribute Contrail Cloud Platform while Canonical has agreed to provide support to Juniper’s customers. The announcement seems to be the beginning of Juniper Networks and Canonical’s budding relationship. The two companies have agreed to work on future projects including upstream software projects that operate within a standards-based OpenStack environment.
Canonical VP John Zannos says, “Juniper and Canonical are leading the OpenStack innovation agenda by jointly developing a virtualization solution that will help service providers accelerate cloud deployments for greater agility.” Zanno adds, “Juniper’s Contrail addresses the carrier-class issues of virtualized environments and accelerates elastic service delivery across multi-tenant, hybrid cloud OpenStack deployments across a multi-vendor ecosystem. By combining Juniper’s open network solutions and leadership in the telecommunications industry with Canonical’s leadership in OpenStack and scale-out open source, we will jointly be able to deliver cloud solutions that enable carriers to meet their network modernization challenges.”
The announcement marks a major milestone for Canonical as this partnership with Juniper seems to be one of the biggest endorsements of the Ubuntu OpenStack Server to date. You may recall that Canonical released Ubuntu Server 14.10 in October of 2014. Since its release, adaptation has rapidly increased as organizations have begun to realize the features and functionality of this robust built-for-cloud operating system.
Juniper Networks VP Ankur Singla was quoted in a press release saying, “Juniper Networks firmly believes that open source and open standards will continue to drive greater levels of innovation and is pleased to partner with Canonical to help drive faster adoption of the cloud for telecommunication organizations; our jointly developed converged Ubuntu and Juniper OpenStack solution will help deliver greater performance, scalability and reliability at lower costs.”