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OpenContrail SDN Gets Re-Branded as Tungsten Fabric

Tuesday Apr 3rd 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

Juniper Networks will continue to build the commercial Contrail SDN platform, but the open-source effort now has a new name.

Looking for the OpenContrail open source project? It has now been re-branded as Tungsten Fabric.

Juniper Networks first open-sourced its Contrail software-defined networking (SDN) technology in September 2013 in a bid to make the platform more open.

Going a step further, in December 2017, Juniper announced that it was moving the OpenContrail project to the Linux Foundation to encourage broader diversity of contributor participation. The move was officially completed on March 27, when the project took on the new name—Tungsten Fabric.

"This move to the LF is a critical step in Tungsten Fabric's evolution as a ubiquitous network fabric," Randy Bias, VP of technology and strategy at Juniper Networks, stated. "Tungsten Fabric's positioning as an open source, multi-cloud, multi-stack, network fabric that has been proven at scale gives it a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between public, private, VMs, containers and bare metal."

Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking at The Linux Foundation, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that the decision was made to rename OpenContrail in an effort to help keep the project neutral.

"There was some potential for confusion about whether OpenContrail was a product or an open-source community, so now it's all clear," Joshipura said. "Tungsten Fabric is the open source project, and Contrail will continue to be developed by Juniper, based on Tungsten Fabric."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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