Juniper is also expanding its SDN controller lineup, which had previously only consisted of the Contrail controller. Marcellin noted that the NorthStar and Contrail controllers are complementary solutions and together enable service providers to address multiple layers of the network.
“NorthStar is a traffic engineering controller built to optimize the transport layers and enable automated and highly scalable operations,” Marcellin said. “It can change paths dynamically and as a result, service providers can run networks at significantly higher utilization.”
The NorthStar controller will also be used for traffic projection planning. The core technology behind the NorthStar controller came to Juniper by way of the $60 million acquisition of privately-held WANDL in December of 2013.
“NorthStar will combine WANDL technology with a virtualized JUNOS instance to discover, provision and manage traffic in service provider networks,” Marcellin said.