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Sometimes, rebranding is a good thing. Juniper Networks' OpenContrail was an excellent open-source software-defined network (SDN) program. But, it was perceived as being too much under Juniper's thumb to draw many outside developers. Realizing this, Juniper spun OpenContrail out into a community-controlled project under the The Linux Foundation. That left the name, so Juniper and the community decided to rebrand it: Tungsten Fabric.
Like its direct ancestor, Tungsten Fabric is a scalable, multi-cloud networking platform. It provides a single point of control, observability, and analytics for networking and security. The program is also integrated with many cloud technology stacks, including Kubernetes, Mesos, VMware, and OpenStack.
Tungsten Fabric also includes a high performance vRouter that connects container, virtual machine, and bare-metal applications. This includes a controller which orchestrates network overlays, switch fabrics, and router gateways.
If this sounds a lot like another Linux Foundation project, OpenDaylight, you're right, it does. Randy Bias, Juniper's VP Technology and Strategy, said in an interview at Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles, "There is some overlap between OpenDaylight and Tungsten. That just means both teams must work harder and better.