As we all know, SDN has carried the buzz in networking for the last 5 years or so. One of the communities that emerged early was Opencontrail started by Juniper Networks. While there is a lot of interest from Telcos and some enterprises, Opencontrail has very little vendor inputs since it was seen as a Juniper dominated community.
However, that should change with the community now part of the Linux Foundation and having a new name "Tungsten Fabric". Here is the release from SDXCentral.com.
The OpenContrail open source network virtualization platform, previously hosted by Juniper Networks, has completed its move to the Linux Foundation. And it’s got a new name — Tungsten Fabric.
Randy Bias, VP of technology and strategy at Juniper Networks, said, “We went through a long process to figure out the name.” But ultimately the group chose “Tungsten Fabric” because tungsten is a very strong metal that’s unlikely to break down even as part of a fabric.
The move to the Linux Foundation should provide a clear distinction between the open source code of Tungsten Fabric versus the commercial Contrail products offered by Juniper. “Historically, there’s been a challenge between the commercial version and open source version because they were always exactly the same,” said Bias. “People were never sure which side of the fence they were on.”
In fact Juniper’s decision in December 2017 to move OpenContrail to the Linux Foundation came after criticism that the code wasn’t really that open.
“We’ll be one of the biggest consumers of Tungsten Fabric,” said Bias. “For the current state, there’s no difference between Tungsten Fabric and OpenContrail in terms of feature sets. In the future, we don’t see there being any functional differences between them.”
Tungsten Fabric’s mission is to build a cloud-grade, software-defined networking (SDN) stack that provides a network fabric capable of connecting diverse environments. Contributors and community members include Aricent, AT&T, Bell, Cavium, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Mellanox, Mirantis, Netronome, and Orange, among others. Read More