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ONUG Agenda

ONUG Fall will include keynotes and panels designed to provide a diversity of opinions on open infrastructure deployment from IT business leaders. IT architects and designers will take the stage to discuss their motivations for deploying SDN and the business benefits they are receiving from the technology. Industry leaders and early adopters will share best practices to consider when contemplating the move to an SDN strategy.

Below is a sample agenda and is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

Agenda Key

RED – Indicates a Fireside Chat, open only to IT business leaders.

YELLOW – Indicates a Closed Door Session, closed to press, bloggers, vendors, and service providers. 

GREEN – Indicates an Open Door Session, open to everyone. 

ONUG Conference Day 1 – October 24th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Technology Showcase
8:30-8:35 Welcome to ONUG
8:35-9:00 The ONUG Journey

  • Nick Lippis, ONUG
9:00-9:30 Networking Breakfast
9:30-10:00 FedEx Keynote
10:05-10:45 Open IT Frameworks Bridge Legacy and Cloud Based Applications at GE

  • Chris Drumgoole, GE
10:45-11:15 Networking Break
11:15-12:00 IT for the Next Business Cycle: The IT Executive View

  • Moderator: Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
  • Panelists: George Maddaloni, AIG
  • Bruce Pinsky, Intuit
  • Gene Sun, FedEx
12:00-12:10 Open Hybrid Cloud Framework

  • Moderator: John Fruehe, Moor Insights & Strategy
  • Panelists: Vishal Goradia, Gap Inc.
  • Ali Iloglu, Citigroup
  • Nelson Tai, Pfizer
  • Bob Wysocki, GE
12:10-12:20 POC
12:20-12:30 POC
12:30-12:40 POC
12:40-12:50 Lunch and Technology Showcase POC
12:50-1:00 POC
1:00-1:10 POC
1:10-1:20 POC
1:20-1:30 POC
1:30-1:40 POC
1:40-1:50 Pluribus Luncheon Partnership –
Brave New World: The Courage to Innovate the Network at Steelcase

  • Matt Bielecki, Steelcase
  • Kumar Srikantan, Pluribus Networks
1:50-2:00 POC
2:00-2:10 CloudGenix Luncheon Partnership POC
2:10-2:20 POC
2:20-2:30 Viptela Luncheon Partnership –
Kindred Healthcare’s SD-WAN Vision Realized: A Practical Approach

  • Eric Murray, Kindred Healthcare
  • James Winebrenner, Viptela
2:30-2:40 POC
2:40-3:10 Networking Break
3:10-3:40 Open SD-WAN Exchange (OSE) Update

  • Conrad Menezes, Bank of America
  • Steve Wood, Cisco
3:40-4:10 Networking Break
4:10-5:10 The ONUG Great Debate – Two Roads to Open Networking

  • Moderator: Scott Bradner, Legendary Figure in Internet Governance
  • Debaters: Dr. David Cheriton, Stanford University
  • Dr. Jennifer Rexford, Princeton University
5:10-7:10 Cocktail Reception
ONUG Conference Day 2 – Tuesday, October 25th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast and Technology Showcase Fireside Chat – An Inside Peek at FedEx Fireside Chat – SD-WAN Deployments Fireside Chat – Full Stack Engineers & Changing IT Organizational Design ONUG Board Fireside Chat # 4: IT Org Design for the cloud era: Neal Secher, Vishal, Ernest Cloud, SDN and Dev/Ops: Forces Shaping 2020 IT

  • Cliff Grossner, IHS
8:30-9:00 Analyst Session

  • Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research
9:00-9:30 What’s Driving Open Networking in the Enterprise?

  • Jim Duffy, 451 Research
9:30-9:45 Move to Main Conference Sessions
9:45-10:30 Modern Enterprise IT Infrastructure Management: New Paradigms for Infrastructure Monitoring

  • Moderator: Harmen Van der Linde, Citigroup
  • Panelists: Steve Kearns, Elastic
  • Hari Krishnan, Nuage Networks
  • Karthik Rau, SignalFX
  • Richard Whitehead, Moogsoft
10:35-10:55 DevOps Skill Set Demands are Greater than the Supply: How to Develop DevOps Staff For Modern Data Center Architecture and Operations

  • Bryan Larish, Verizon
  • Lane Patterson, Yahoo
10:55-11:05 Move Upstairs to Breakout Rooms
11:05-11:35 Open Network State Format (ONSF) Update

  • Neal Secher, BNY Mellon
  • Brighten Godfrey, Veriflow
Open Traffic Management Format (OTMF) Update

  • Aryo Kresnadi, FedEx
  • Babak Roushanaee, NetScout
  • Ted Turner, Intuit
  • Don Fedyk, HPE
Brilliant (White + Brite) Box for the Enterprise

  • Moderator: Brad Casemore, IDC
  • Speakers: Yan Filyurin, Bloomberg
  • Dominic Wilde, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
11:40-11:50 Lunch and Technology Showcase POC
11:50-12:00 POC
12:00-12:10 POC
12:10-12:20 POC
12:20-12:30 POC
12:30-12:40 POC
12:40-1:05 Cybera Luncheon Partnership POC Eliminating the ‘Effective Manual Tax Rate’ That Cripples Your Business

  • Mansour Karam, Apstra
  • Derick Winkworth, Apstra
1:05-1:25 Riverbed Luncheon Partnership POC
1:25-1:45 Cisco Luncheon Partnership Series POC
1:45-2:15 Networking Break
2:15-2:45 ONUG Software-Defined Security Services

  • Moderator: Fred Lima, Visa
  • Panelists: John Burns, Wells Fargo
  • Bryan Larish, Verizon
  • Vesko Pehlivanov, Credit Suisse
  • Ali Sydney, BBN
2:50-3:35 Financial Panel – IT Infrastructure for the Next Business Cycle

  • Moderator: Peter Burrows, Technology Journalist
  • Panelists: Rod Hall, JPMorgan Chase
  • Walt Pritchard, Citigroup
  • Paul Silverstein, Cowen & Company
  • Subu Subrahmanyan, AO Asset Management
3:35-4:05 Networking Break Break
4:05-5:05 ONUG Town Hall Meeting – Big Network Data Analytics: How Ready Are Networks to be Analytics Friendly?

  • Moderator: Harmen Van der Linde, Citigroup
  • Panelists: Basil Alwan, Nokia
  • John Medamana, AT&T
  • Sunay Tripathi, Pluribus Networks
  • Dave Ward, Cisco
5:05-5:15 Closing Remarks
5:15-8:30 ONUG After Party

Agenda is subject to change.

Attendance Policies

Fireside Chat Policy

ONUG 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, and integrators 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 color coded red in the ONUG Conference schedule.

Closed Door ONUG Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG Conference sessions are CLOSED to press, bloggers, vendors, and service providers. In addition, these sessions are not audio or video recorded. Summary tweets and social media posts are allowed without attribution to presenters or their affiliated firms; however, presentation photos are strictly prohibited and may not be posted to social media. Closed Door ONUG Conference sessions are color coded yellow in the ONUG Conference schedule.

Open Door Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG Conference sessions are OPEN to all attendees including press, analysts, vendors, service providers, and IT executives. These sessions are color coded green in the ONUG Conference schedule.