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ONUG Fall 2014 Highlights



ONUG Use Case Working Group Requirements and White Papers Available for Download

ONUG Fall 2014 brought together the user and vendor communities in a new level of engagement and interaction. At the conference, members of the SD-WAN, NSV, and Network Overlays Working Groups presented their top ten requirements and discussed the work they’ve been doing.

The ONUG Board urges all ONUG community members to review the requirements, modify based on your company’s unique needs, appropriate budget, and engage the vendor community to develop multivendor interoperable demonstrations, which we hope to highlight at ONUG Spring 2015. Requirements lists, white papers, and RFI/RFQ templates from each working group are available for download at the links below.

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The ONUG Board’s Six Steps to a Common Networking Ecosystem

1. Common automatic discovery, provisioning and asset registration
2. Common DevOps/NetOps automated orchestration tools for network configuration and change management
3. Common control mechanism for physical and virtual switches plus routers
4. Common baseline policy that is standard among all vendors and enforced by common controller environment
5. Common state management database that is a standard among all vendors so that network state is automatically captured for all physical and virtual network devices.
6. Common integrated monitoring of overlay and underlay open networks

The Open Networking Promise

Together, the Working Group requirements and Six Steps support the ONUG Open Networking Promise, which outlines the following benefits of adopting open networking and SDN technologies:

  • - A fundamentally new Total Cost of Network Ownership model that radically lowers OpEx and CapEx
  • - Software ecosystem: where rapid innovation is injected into the industry
  • - Vendor-independent network design flexibility
  • - Centralized network management tools and views
  • - Most importantly, faster IT delivery and more efficient business process

ONUG Board Pledge to IT Business Leaders Attending ONUG

The ONUG Board pledges that ONUG will endeavor to provide secure environments during ONUG conferences free from press, bloggers, social networkers, and vendors so that IT business leaders can discuss and share IT project experiences in closed door, private sessions. To meet that end, the ONUG board promises to strictly enforce the following ONUG policies.

Fireside Chat Policy

DSC_5652ONUG Fireside Chats are open exclusively to IT business leaders from enterprise, education, and government agency sectors. Note that IT executives employed by high tech companies that sell equipment and software plus services are not allowed access to Fireside Chat sessions. IT executives employed by service providers are also excluded from Fireside Chat session access. In addition, financial and industry analysts, consultants, distributors, etc. are not allowed access.

This policy will be strictly enforced without exception at ONUG. In addition, recording, blogging, tweeting, or posting by all Fireside Chat attendees is strictly prohibited. ONUG Fireside Chat sessions are colored red in the ONUG conference schedule.

Closed Door ONUG Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG conference sessions are closed to press, bloggers, vendors, and service provider sales representatives. In addition, these sessions are not audio or video recorded. Tweeting and social media posting is allowed without attribution to presenters or their affiliated firms. Closed Door ONUG Conference Sessions are colored yellow in the ONUG conference schedule.

Open Door Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG conference sessions are open to all. These sessions are colored green in the ONUG conference schedule.

The Open Networking User Group is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs. ONUG events are for IT executives, global network architects, and designers to learn from peers and early adopters managing private or public clouds, enterprise data centers, WAN or service provider networks. Unlike trade shows or industry conferences, the ONUG Conference includes peer-level IT leaders sharing content and plans around real, deployable SDN, OpenFlow, and OpenStack solutions in an interactive setting with no vendors in attendance. The program is designed to ensure plenty of time for networking and open discussions among IT users.

Who Should Attend

  • Large Scale Corporate/Enterprise IT staff
  • Cloud and Service Provider Network Engineering and Application Performance Executives
  • Executive IT Research & Development
  • Global Network Strategist, Architects, Designers and Planners
  • IT Network Infrastructure and planning
  • Chief Technical Officers of Networks and Telecommunications
  • IT Business Leaders and IT Application Performance Engineering
  • IT Data Center Architects
  • DevOps and NetOps Professionals
  • Storage Professionals and Operations
  • Virtualization Specialists and Operations

What You Will Learn 

  • How to eliminate network appliances
  • If container networks will replace overlays
  • How to operationalize open networks
  • The status of open standards
  • What happened to all the open networking startups
  • Why siloed organizations are major inhibitors to freeing up IT assets and deploying open networking
  • Where we stand with multivendor interoperable networking
Why You Should Attend
  • It’s all about the networking as the Open Network User Group is a meeting for users by users.
  • The Open Network User Group is a unique meeting exclusively for IT professionals interested in Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking.
  • You will learn from others who have implemented SDN projects both during their presentations and during social events throughout the day.
  • You will also have access to a demo area with innovative companies that were hand picked by the founding members, all of whom are IT executives.