Juniper Boosts SDN Capabilities by Buying Contrail Systems
Juniper is spending $176 million to acquire Contrail, which has been developing a network compiler for software-defined networks.Juniper Networks is bulking up its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities by buying startup Contrail Systems, a company that was founded earlier this year and had yet to make it out of stealth mode. Juniper reportedly will buy Contrail for $176 million, enabling it to bring the work Contrail had done in developing a network compiler into the fold. Bob Muglia, executive vice president of Juniper's Software Solutions Division, said in a Dec. 12 post on Juniper's corporate blog that the networking company had been an early investor in Contrail, and now wants to bring it into the Juniper fold. Muglia said he expects the deal to close by the end of the month. "With this acquisition, Juniper gains SDN technology that augments our portfolio of products and services," Muglia wrote. "As a strategic investor earlier this year, we recognized the inherent advantages of Contrail Systems' architectural approach, and we are excited to take this next step to acquire and combine Contrail Systems into our team."
Less than a year old, there is little on Contrail's Website to indicate what the company was working on. However, executives at the startup, in an interview with the Website Light Reading in November, said the company was developing a compiler for SDNs. Essentially, the compiler is designed to make it easier for businesses to configure and run their networks, Kireeti Kompella, a former Juniper official who made the move to Contrail in September, told Light Reading.