Bikash Koley
“We have designed Contrail Insights to bring visibility to troubleshooting and analytics issues faced today with powerful tools for discovery and analysis through all layers of the network,” said Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Juniper Networks.

Juniper Networks has announced an advancement for private cloud data center operations. The network vendor is now adding network, server and workload monitoring, analytics and troubleshooting with its Contrail Insights.

Data center monitoring continues to increase in complexity as more infrastructure abstractions, services and software are stacked up to construct cloud-native applications. Juniper’s Contrail Insights provides historical and real-time visibility that would cut through layers of infrastructure to improve operational speed, experience and reliability.

Contrail Insights is the newest addition to Juniper’s Contrail Enterprise Multicloud solution. From virtualized networking to micro-segmentation, Contrail Enterprise Multicloud would provide a complete software-defined networking solution for the multicloud era. Now, this single pane of glass has fully integrated analytics. This would provide a seamless user experience with deep insight and visibility into data center network overlay-underlay correlation and multi-tenant resource usage.

Real-Time Streaming

“As enterprises increasingly look to automate their data center and glean insight from their networks, visibility and telemetry become key to supporting a reliable data center network,” said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst, 650 Group. “With Contrail Insights, Juniper is building off the momentum of Contrail Enterprise Multicloud to provide real-time telemetry and analytics across the data center network in a single pane of glass for improved network reliability and user experience.”

  • Real-Time and Historic Visibility – Powered by machine learning-fed historical data and real-time streaming telemetry, Juniper Contrail Insights offers service-level and fine-grained observability for data center infrastructure, from overlay and underlay networks to physical and virtual servers and their workloads. According to Juniper Networks, the new data center topology heatmap is intuitive, configurable, allowing operators to see the entire data center and then drill in to easily inspect localized issues.
  • Troubleshooting Analysis – To find issues like hotspots, microbursts, monopolized resources and noisy neighbors in a multi-tenant or shared private cloud environment, Juniper Contrail Insights has a new top-N or ‘top talkers’ query engine with tabular and charted views. Coupled with drill-down query filtering and a tie-in to topological path finding, these Contrail Insights diagnostics would enable engineers to proactively mitigate issues like network congestion and resource contention.
  • Overlay and Underlay Correlation – The overlay-underlay correlation and path finding features would allow operators to uncover root cause by mapping virtual infrastructure for workloads and network abstractions down upon the physical infrastructure and network. In data center underlay physical networks, where overlay traffic is typically load balanced across the fabric, the Contrail Insights path finding features would illuminate the topology heatmap to quickly pinpoint problems during troubleshooting and solve formerly elusive issues.

“Cloud frameworks within data centers have provided tremendous infrastructure automation, but also bring about added operational complexity,” said Bikash Koley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Juniper Networks. “We have designed Contrail Insights to bring visibility to troubleshooting and analytics issues faced today with powerful tools for discovery and analysis through all layers of the network.” 

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