TCP Cloud (Now Mirantis) Bridging the Past, Present, and Future with Juniper Networks
Oct 18, 2016
Recently, one of our customers, Jakub Pavlik, CTO at TCP Cloud (recently acquired by Mirantis) did an interview with Jennifer Blatnik, VP of Marketing at Juniper. TCP Cloud is a Czech Republic company that specializes in providing managed services for their customers building private clouds enabled by open technologies like OpenStack, OpenContrail, Kubernetes, and other open source projects. They’ve also been a very active user and contributor in the OpenContrail community. See Jakub in a recent 5-part video series on the power of OpenContrail here under “latest posts”.
While OpenContrail acts as a data center overlay SDN solutions, Jakub discusses the importance of having a strong foundation for that overlay. In his interview with Jennifer Blatnik, Jakub mentions that while TCP cloud can use any underlay that uses mature protocols to complement OpenContrail, they choose Juniper MX Series routers as their SDN gateway, touting it as “the de facto standard for Contrail”, and QFX Series switches for the underlay fabric. Even when you can integrate OpenContrail with any vendor, the MX series routers are proven technology that bring scale, resilience, homogeneity, and predictability. With Juniper routers, TCP cloud can perform route gateways with functions like VXLAN to EVPN Stitching for L2 Extension, L3VPN, multi-vendor support and gateway redundancy.
As an Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider, TCP cloud leverages the openness and automation from a Juniper underlay (thanks NETCONF/YANG protocols) to automate the whole data-transfer process from the customer’s office, to workloads in the cloud. Leveraging OVSDB in the QFX Series switches, TCP cloud can integrate legacy enterprise customers solutions: bridging between physical bare-metal servers, to virtual machines in the cloud – and even extending that connection to containers. Not all legacy systems can be virtualized, so it’s important to use technology that enables communication between the “old world”, so to speak, and the “new world” technologies.
To cap off, Jakub says, “The greatest benefit of a Juniper underlay is: JunOS. Disaggregation of JunOS from the hardware allows us to have all the latest features in our Juniper devices, even if we bought them years ago.” Watch the video to hear this all from Jakub himself!