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Platform and Software Compatibility

 

The NorthStar Controller 5.0.0 release is fully supported with Junos OS Release 17.2R1 and later.

NorthStar Controller 5.0.0 can be deployed with Junos OS Releases 15.1F6, 16.1R1, and 17.1R1, but the segment routing (SPRING) feature would not be available.

The NorthStar Controller Analytics features require specific Junos OS Releases to be able to obtain LSP and interface statistics. This is a Junos Telemetry Interface (JTI) dependency. We recommend Junos OS Release 15.1F6 or later if you plan to use Analytics.

NorthStar Controller 5.0.0 release can be deployed with Junos OS Releases 14.2R6, 15.1F4, and 15.1R4, but the following features would not be available:

  • MD5 authentication for PCEP

  • P2MP support

  • Admin group support

By default, the NorthStar Controller Release 3.0 and later requires that the external Junos VM be Release 17.2 or later. If you are using an older version of Junos OS, you can change the NorthStar configuration to support it, but segment routing support will not be available. See Installing the NorthStar Controller 4.3.0 for the configuration steps.

Other Junos OS releases are not supported.

The NorthStar Controller is supported on the following Juniper platforms: M Series, T Series, MX Series, PTX Series, QFX10008, and ACX5000.

As of Junos OS Release 17.4R1, NorthStar Controller is also supported on QFX5110, QFX5100, and QFX5200, and on SRX platforms (SRX300, SRX320, SRX340, SRX345, SRX550, SRX550M, SRX1500, SRX4100, SRX4200 devices, and vSRX instances).

Junos OS supports Internet draft draft-crabbe-pce-pce-initiated-lsp-03 for the stateful PCE-initiated LSP implementation (M Series, MX Series, PTX Series, T Series, QFX Series, and ACX Series).

The following sections provide information that will help guide you in determining which installation instructions you will need based on how you intend to install NorthStar, and how many servers you will need, based on the deployment scenario you choose:

Installation Options

Figure 1 summarizes the installation configurations that are supported for NorthStar.

Figure 1: NorthStar Installation Options
NorthStar Installation Options

For installation procedures, see:

Deployment Scenarios

Table 1 lists the supported deployment configurations by NorthStar 4.x release.

Table 1: Supported NorthStar Deployment Configurations by 4.x Release

Deployment

Configuration

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.0.0

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.1.0

Features Available

NorthStar Release 4.2.x, 4.3.0

Description:

  • NorthStar application (no Analytics, no HA)

Number of Servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Total: 1

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • Device collection

Description:

  • NorthStar application and Analytics, both installed in a single server

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of Servers:

  • NorthStar + Analytics: 1

  • Total: 1

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 2 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application and Analytics, each installed in a separate server

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Analytics: 1

  • Total: 2

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 3 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 3 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA and separate, single Analytics server

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Analytics: 1

  • Total: 4 or more

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 5 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

Description:

  • Single NorthStar application server and Analytics HA

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: 1

  • Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 4 or more

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 5 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA and separate Analytics HA

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 6 or more

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 7 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

Description:

  • NorthStar application HA sharing servers with Analytics HA.

  • One or more optional slave collector servers

Number of servers:

  • NorthStar + Analytics: minimum of 3 (odd numbers only)

  • Total: 3 or more

  • Total with optional slave collector servers: 4 or more

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • NETCONF device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)

  • PCEP and NETCONF provisioning

  • LSP bandwidth sizing

  • Device collection

  • NorthStar HA

  • Analytics HA

  • Telemetry

  • Data Collection:

    • SNMP

    • Link latency

    • Network archive task

    • LDP

  • Netflow Collector

  • Distributed collection (if optional slave collectors are installed)