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Juniper opens arms to OpenDaylight

Once dismissive, member now submissive as it contributes plugin, steering committee rep

Juniper has submitted a plugin for its open source SDN controller to the OpenDaylight Project, an effort Juniper's a member of but has publicly dismissed. SDNCentral reports that Juniper's OpenContrail plugin was submitted to OpenDaylight the week of April 14 when yours truly was vacationing with his spring breaking children.

The OpenContrail v1.0 plugin will provide the initial and continuous integration and interworking between the OpenDaylight controller and OpenContrail. The plugin will enable OpenDaylight to utilize OpenContrail's cloud networking and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities, including management of virtual overlay networks for private enterprise and service provider clouds, and service chaining using Layer 3 overlays.

The plugin will also enable OpenContrail to respond to OpenStack Neutron calls through OpenDaylight's Neutron API Service. Neutron is the networking service component of the OpenStack cloud orchestration architecture.  

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Even though Juniper is a highest ranking Platinum member of OpenDaylight, it's been dismissive of the multivendor open source SDN effort founded by rival Cisco and IBM. Former Juniper software chief Bob Muglia said Juniper would not build product around OpenDaylight, opting instead for the Contrail and OpenContrail SDN controller technology Juniper obtained from its acquisition of the company by the same name.

And Juniper engineers working on OpenDaylight and other internal SDN projects have fled Juniper - a couple ended up at Brocade - amid reports that company management devalued their contributions in favor of Contrail technology. SDNCentral reports that Juniper developers were barred from contributing to OpenDaylight if those contributions were considered competitive with OpenContrail.

Juniper seems to be coming around a bit. In addition to the OpenContrail plugin submission, a Juniper representative was recently added to the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee: Kent Watsen, principal engineer in the SDN and Orchestration Systems group at Juniper.

Meanwhile, last week also produced reports that Juniper is looking to sell off its Junos Pulse mobile security software business as part of CEO Shaygan Kheradpir's new Integrated Operating Plan to streamline operations. Reuters reports that Juniper has enlisted investment bank UBS to value the asset and find a buyer; Juniper declined comment, according to the Reuters report.

Junos Pulse could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars, Reuters reports.

Kheradpir's Integrated Operating Plan is expected to pare Juniper's product line and research and development initiatives as it looks to focus on growth markets and cut expenses. Juniper recently scrapped a licensing deal with Riverbed for application delivery controller technology and cut its workforce by 6%.

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