LAS VEGAS — Juniper Networks is working closely with Nutanix to make sure that the company’s Contrail multi-cloud networking product is tightly integrated with Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). The goal of the collaboration is to give enterprises a “single pane of glass” view into all of their network, compute, and storage assets.
To make this happen, Juniper will integrate Nutanix APIs into its Contrail multi-cloud networking product. “This is a very tight integration,” said Bikash Koley, EVP and CTO of Juniper. “The consumer doesn’t see it as two different products.”
In an interview with SDxCentral, Koley explained that Juniper already had a partnership with Nutanix, but that this latest deal is more significant because it’s about the two companies working together to really make multi-cloud easy for customers. “Contrail now becomes the networking solution that integrates with the Nutanix hypervisor,” he said, noting that both companies will be selling the combined solution to their customers.
In addition, Juniper will also integrate its cybersecurity platform with Nutanix’s software-defined networking (SDN) product and hypervisor. This will secure applications with microsegmentation in the enterprise cloud and prevent threats.
Data center company Expedient currently uses both Juniper and Nutanix technology for its enterprise cloud and disaster recovery products. According to John White, vice president of product strategy at Expedient, the partnership will provide a single security perimeter to protect workloads across clouds.
Partnerships Are Key
The Nutanix partnership was announced at Juniper’s NXTWORK customer event in Las Vegas this week. But the networking company also used its annual event to champion some of its other key partnerships.
Earlier this year Juniper partnered with Red Hat to integrate its Contrail multi-cloud platform with Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform and Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform. The goal of that integration is to make it easier for enterprises to adopt cloud-native platforms.
And the company is also working closely with Red Hat on its new Contrail Edge Cloud that brings cloud capabilities and virtualization to the network edge. Red Hat’s OpenStack platform will provide the distributed computing for Contrail Edge Cloud.
Koley said that the Contrail Edge Cloud is currently in “active beta” deployments with customers and is on track to be generally available in the fourth quarter. He believes one of the first uses cases for the edge cloud will be the connected car.