OpenContrail

OpenContrail

Caution

The OpenContrail versions support status:

  • OpenContrail 4.1 is fully supported.

  • OpenContrail 4.0 is deprecated and not supported for new deployments since MCP maintenance update 2019.2.4.

  • OpenContrail 3.2 is not supported for new deployments.

OpenContrail is a highly scalable distributed Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution for MCP. It provides NFV capabilities as well as powerful network analytics and visualization of results through a web UI. OpenContrail cluster is integrated with to provision, orchestrate, and deploy high-performance clusters with various networking features.

Caution

OpenContrail 4.x for Kubernetes 1.12 or later is not supported.

The following table describes the main features of OpenContrail in comparison with OVS for OpenStack:

Feature name

OpenContrail

OVS

Encapsulation

MPLSoGRE, MPLSoUDP, VXLAN

VLAN, VXLAN, GRE, Geneve

Security and multitenancy

Native overlay, label, namespaces

Native overlay, label, namespaces

Multi-cloud

Bare metal, VMs, containers

Bare metal, VMs, containers

Network analytics

Yes

No

NFV

Yes

Yes

Dataplane acceleration

DPDK, SR-IOV

DPDK, SR-IOV

Extra features

Bare metal extensions, L2VPN, L3VPN

LBaaS