About ONUG LLC

About ONUG

ONUG was created in early 2012 as the result of a discussion between co-founders Nick Lippis, of the Lippis Report, and Ernest Lefner, formerly of Fidelity Investments, about the need for a smaller, more user-focused open networking conference.

From there, the two brought together the founding board of IT leaders from the likes of Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and Gap Inc. Managed by Nick and Ernest, the board worked together to create the first ONUG event, held on February 13, 2013 at the Fidelity Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the ONUG Board has grown to include Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, TD Ameritrade, UBS, Yahoo, and The Lippis Report. ONUG prides itself on functioning as the collective voice of the enterprise IT community. Throughout the year, ONUG organizes Working Group Initiatives, bringing together IT executives, academics, researchers, government representatives, vendors, and cloud/service providers to contribute to the advancement of products and services required for an open cloud-based software-defined market to develop at scale.

The ONUG semiannual conferences function as a product and reflection of the work being done in the working groups throughout the year. The conferences include keynotes from enterprise IT business leaders as they address their open software-defined cloud-based infrastructure journeys, updates from the Working Group Initiative members, hands-on tutorials and interactive labs, real world use cases, proof of concept demonstrations, and a vendor technology showcase.

The goal of all ONUG events and initiatives is to bring together the full IT community to allow IT business leaders to learn from peers, make informed open infrastructure deployment decisions, and to open up the dialogue between the vendor and user communities to collectively drive open infrastructure.

ONUG Mission

The ONUG Mission is to enable greater choice and options for IT business leaders by advocating for open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions that span across the entire IT stack, all in an effort to create business value.

History

The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) was created in early 2012 as the result of a discussion between Nick Lippis, of the Lippis Report, and Ernest Lefner, about the need for a smaller, more user-focused open networking conference. From there, the two brought together the founding board of IT leaders from the likes of Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and Gap Inc. Managed by Nick, the board worked together to create the first ONUG event, held on February 13, 2013 at the Fidelity Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the ONUG Board has grown to include Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity, Gap, Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, Yahoo, and The Lippis Report. ONUG prides itself on being one of the only strictly user-based meetings. No press or vendors are invited to speak at or attend the morning conference sessions; therefore, speakers and attendance for the morning keynotes and panels are made up exclusively of IT executives and financial and industry analysts. Attendance for select afternoon sessions is open to all.

The outstanding line-up of speakers at our events advocates the transition to open cloud infrastructure. At an ONUG event you can expect to hear keynotes from IT business leaders about their open networking and storage deployment experiences. They will share their motivations, results, and concerns so that other IT executives can make informed SDN deployment decisions within their own companies.


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, outline the following benefits of adopting open infrastructure 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

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