Juniper Networks Sponsors OpenStack Days Nordic

Markus BlombergPartners

Juniper Networks is an industry leader in the network hardware and software technology space providing solutions to Cloud Providers, Enterprises, and traditional Telecommunication Service providers. Included in our portfolio is the industry-leading Contrail Networking SDN solution, which is Juniper’s distribution of the open source OpenContrail project. Juniper Contrail Networking and OpenContrail consistently rank as the most widely deployed SDN solutions for OpenStack in the biannual OpenStack user survey.

Annika Grönström, Director Channel & Commercial, Nordics

Why did you decide to become a partner to the OpenStack Days Nordic?
Juniper is committed to helping to grow the OpenStack community. In addition to actively participating in the OpenStack summits twice a year, we have enjoyed participating in many local OpenStack Days events around the world. At these local events, we’re able to connect to more users to talk about their requirements for Cloud infrastructure. Additionally, we enjoy participating in the local OpenStack events as a way to invite users and developers to get involved in the OpenContrail community.

What do you hope to get from the event?
We’re looking forward to interacting with the OpenStack community in the Nordics and hope to learn more about how OpenStack is being adopted in the region. And if we can get a few more users and developers involved in OpenContrail, we’ll be very happy.

What are your thoughts on the Nordic OpenStack community?
As this is our first time participating in this event, we’re excited to learn more about the community. By all accounts, it is a thriving community. So we’re looking forward to getting involved.

How are you involved in OpenStack?
Juniper Contrail and the OpenContrail project are the most deployed SDN solutions for OpenStack worldwide. So we are very involved with OpenStack users and their deployments. We are involved in some of the largest OpenStack deployments and have quite a bit of experience with operating OpenStack at scale. Many Juniper employees are involved in the OpenStack project as contributors to Neutron and other projects. Additionally, a former OpenStack PTL and a former OpenStack Foundation board member are employed by Juniper.

How are you using OpenStack?
Juniper runs its own OpenStack based private cloud where we host the development environment for our engineering teams. The software, routers, switches and firewalls that run the largest networks in the world are designed and developed on a private cloud running OpenStack.

What do you love most about OpenStack?
We love the community and the fact that there is a wide range of industries involved in OpenStack. Users and developers from telco’s, enterprises, banks, cloud providers, universities and many others are all participating in this community. This range of participation is extremely valuable to Juniper to help us understand how to best deliver solutions for all of these industries.

Who would you like to see as a partner in the OpenStack community?
We would like to see more of the public cloud providers involved in the OpenStack community. There will always be a need for cloud providers to differentiate their offerings from others, and often the way they go about doing that leads to proprietary systems and API’s. But stronger interaction between cloud providers and the OpenStack community could lead to more open and interoperable API’s, making adoption of hybrid cloud and multi-cloud models simpler for end users.

Would you want to be a part of any other OpenStack event in another region?
Yes, we would. We are sponsoring the upcoming summits, and look forward to seeing everyone in Sydney and Vancouver. We also participate in many local OpenStack Days, and look forward to participating in more.

What is the best thing about OpenStack?
The technology is great. But the community and the sharing of information is really the best thing about OpenStack.

What will the future bring us?
We’ll continue to see a growth of OpenStack adoption in the telecom space, as OpenStack is really the best platform for NFV environments. The trend towards Cloud Native applications built around containers is becoming more and more commonplace. I think the future will see more convergence and interaction between OpenStack and things like Kubernetes and other CNCF projects.

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