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Juniper Networks introduces Contrail Insights

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Juniper Networks has announced Contrail Insights. Contrail Insights enhances full-stack data centre monitoring and automation with a single pane of glass visibility. Contrail Insights is an advancement for private cloud data centre operations, adding a network, server and workload monitoring, analytics and troubleshooting.

Contrail Insights: New addition to Contrail Enterprise Multicloud

Data centre 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 cuts through layers of infrastructure to improve operational speed, experience and reliability.

Contrail Insights is the newest addition to the Contrail Enterprise Multicloud solution. From virtualized networking to micro-segmentation, Contrail Enterprise Multicloud provides a software-defined networking solution for the multi-cloud era. The single pane of glass has fully integrated analytics. This provides users with deep insight and visibility into data centre network overlay-underlay correlation and multi-tenant resource usage. “Cloud frameworks within data centres have provided tremendous infrastructure automation, but also bring about added operational complexity," says Juniper Networks CTO 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.”

Contrail Insights benefits and features include:

Real-Time and Historic Visibility:Powered by machine learning-fed historical data and real-time streaming telemetry, Contrail Insights offers service-level and fine-grained observability for data centre infrastructure, from the overlay and underlay networks to physical and virtual servers and their workloads. The new data centre topology heatmap is intuitive, configurable and allows operators to see the entire data centre and then drill in to easily inspect localized issues.

Troubleshooting Analysis:To find issues like hotspots, microbursts, monopolized resources and noisy neighbours in a multi-tenant or shared private cloud environment, 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 pathfinding, these Contrail Insights diagnostics enable engineers to proactively mitigate issues like network congestion and resource contention.

Overlay and Underlay Correlation: The overlay-underlay correlation and pathfinding features allow operators to uncover root causes by mapping virtual infrastructure for workloads and network abstractions down upon the physical infrastructure and network. In data centre underlay physical networks, where overlay traffic is typically load-balanced across the fabric, Contrail Insights pathfinding features illuminate the topology heatmap to quickly pinpoint problems during troubleshooting and solve formerly elusive issues.

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