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Juniper Contrail Networking is #4 ranked solution in top Software Defined Networking. PeerSpot users give Juniper Contrail Networking an average rating of 6 out of 10. Juniper Contrail Networking is most commonly compared to Cisco SD-WAN: Juniper Contrail Networking vs Cisco SD-WAN. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 47% of all views.
What is Juniper Contrail Networking?
Juniper Contrail Networking is a simple, open, and agile cloud network automation product that implements an SDN architecture. With its scale-out microservices architecture, Contrail orchestrate virtual network overlays at the performance and scale of even the most dynamic and large clouds. Contrail Networking is equipped with always-on advanced analytics capabilities to provide deep insights into application and infrastructure performance for better visualization, easier diagnostics, rich reporting, custom application development, and machine automation. It also supports integration with other analytics platforms like Juniper Networks AppFormix and streaming analytics through technologies like Apache Kafka and its API.

Juniper Contrail Networking was previously known as Contrail Networking.

Juniper Contrail Networking Customers
Lithium Technologies, Orange Business Services, Cloudwatt, Symantec, Cloud Dynamics, CloudSeeds
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Head of Business Development and Partners Management at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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It's stable enough in a lab, but the setup is complex, and support is insufficient

What is our primary use case?

We used Contrail to build a private cloud infrastructure inside our lab for a POC. If everything had been successful, it would have been transferred to my company's customers, but the POC was not successful.

What needs improvement?

Visibility, especially for the top of the platform, is a nightmare. The top was documented incorrectly and really complex to complete. In the end, it worked but only after several weeks of work with the support of a Juniper solution engineer in Holland. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We used Contrail for about a year and a half in a lab environment, not production or customer service. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

After we finished setting Contrail up, it seemed stable enough. Still,…

What is our primary use case?

We used Contrail to build a private cloud infrastructure inside our lab for a POC. If everything had been successful, it would have been transferred to my company's customers, but the POC was not successful.

What needs improvement?

Visibility, especially for the top of the platform, is a nightmare. The top was documented incorrectly and really complex to complete. In the end, it worked but only after several weeks of work with the support of a Juniper solution engineer in Holland. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We used Contrail for about a year and a half in a lab environment, not production or customer service. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

After we finished setting Contrail up, it seemed stable enough. Still, we never tested it in a real environment, so we don't have enough information to say whether it's stable with a given number of users and appliances. We have tested it in a lab environment, but we haven't tested enough to say that the platform is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I don't have enough data to say anything about it, but Contrail is probably scalable. I believe that should be a core feature of Contrail, but we don't have enough experience to say it can scale out without any problem.

How are customer service and support?

We don't have any local support in Italy, so we worked with a Contrail engineer based in Holland. For this kind of platform, vendor support is the first thing we look at. If we move a project to production and experience a failure that requires same-day support, I'm not sure that someone in Italy or anywhere in Europe can help us. It's challenging.

Juniper doesn't have a clear strategy for Contrail. Some parts of the platform have been moved to the open-source ecosystem, and we cannot buy them. You need support services for Contrail, but we would have to build a canceled project to have some support for Contrail. I can get support for Juniper's 
other appliances, solutions, or services but not Contrail.

How was the initial setup?

It took us more than a month to deploy. There were a lot of problems with the Juniper documentation, which was often incorrect or missing many parts. This is not an enterprise solution. That's for sure. It could be managed in a telecom carrier environment, but Contrail requires a lot of people to operate it and provide support when there are problems. 

Deployment and maintenance take at least three full-time employees. We have one system engineer with deep knowledge of IT infrastructure, networking, computing, etc., and two solution architects with advanced training on Juniper Contrail.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Juniper Contrail six out of 10. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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