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"Juniper Contrail Networking is a stable solution.""After we finished setting Contrail up, it seemed stable enough. Still, we never tested it in a real environment, so we don't have enough information to say whether it's stable with a given number of users and appliances. We have tested it in a lab environment, but we haven't tested enough to say that the platform is stable."

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"Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.""Though I haven't been working a lot on VMware NSX, it's good to have. What I like the most about it is that its console is good, and it doesn't take a lot of effort in terms of doing my daily tasks on it or what it's meant for. VMware NSX is still a preferred product in the market.""The most valuable feature of VMware NSX is the ability to set up virtual networking environments.""NSX extends Layer-2 scalability on Layer 3, covering the vRO and extending the capability on Layer 3 by decapsulating using a new mechanism. NSX-V was designed to use with VMware products and Success 360, providing more flexibility toward different levels of cloud, containers, and components. NSX-T gives you the ability to stretch your network across different view locations. If you have multiple sites, you can connect them using NSX-T.""It's a beneficial tool.""The solution is easy to use and is good for management control.""It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way.""Provides protection for virtual machines."

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"Juniper Contrail Networking is difficult if you do not have a certificate for Juniper. Juniper is a different type of configuration or operation than Cisco.""Visibility, especially for the top of the platform, is a nightmare. The top was documented incorrectly and really complex to complete. In the end, it worked but only after several weeks of work with the support of a Juniper solution engineer in Holland."

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"VMware NSX only supports some platforms like KVM.""It could be more user-friendly, but it's manageable. When we add a specific node to this particular NSX and the configuration changes, it won't push through the errors where required, but it'll accept it. However, while using it, we will have issues. It can also be more stable.""In the future, the solution should be compliant with internet NIC.""We have done three installations and we have not had any critical issues. The time it took for the installation was approximately two days. However, they should provide better documentation.""VMware NSX should be able to scale for different customers, even the big ones. Its scalability needs improvement. Stability for it should also be improved.""Our technical team is always looking for the solutions that they work with to offer more convenient integrations.""NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar.""The price could be better. The non-enterprise version of the product should also be improved. I would like VMware to expand beyond the network and provide some VLAN technologies and more. I think we have one, but it's more on the distribution side because it's more on the upper side of the network. I'm looking forward to that."

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  • "Juniper Contrail Networking is low-cost for small and medium-sized businesses. Cisco and Palo Alto solutions are more expensive."
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  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Juniper Contrail Networking is a stable solution.
    Top Answer:Juniper Contrail Networking is difficult if you do not have a certificate for Juniper. Juniper is a different type of configuration or operation than Cisco.
    Top Answer:Juniper Contrail Networking is used mostly for a VPN solution. For example, site-to-site or remote VPN.
    Top Answer:There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
    Top Answer:Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
    Top Answer:The dashboard is comprehensive and easy to use.
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    Contrail Networking
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    Overview
    Juniper Contrail Networking is a simple, open, and agile cloud network automation product that implements an SDN architecture. With its scale-out microservices architecture, Contrail orchestrate virtual network overlays at the performance and scale of even the most dynamic and large clouds. Contrail Networking is equipped with always-on advanced analytics capabilities to provide deep insights into application and infrastructure performance for better visualization, easier diagnostics, rich reporting, custom application development, and machine automation. It also supports integration with other analytics platforms like Juniper Networks AppFormix and streaming analytics through technologies like Apache Kafka and its API.

    VMware NSX is a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.

    VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.

    VMware NSX Use Cases

    VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.

    Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."

    A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."

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    Lithium Technologies, Orange Business Services, Cloudwatt, Symantec, Cloud Dynamics, CloudSeeds
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    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Retailer13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
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    Government10%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Juniper Contrail Networking is ranked 4th in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 2 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 40 reviews. Juniper Contrail Networking is rated 7.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Juniper Contrail Networking writes "It's stable enough in a lab, but the setup is complex, and support is insufficient". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale". Juniper Contrail Networking is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Tungsten Fabric, HPE SDN and Juniper Session Smart Router, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Check Point CloudGuard Network Security.

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