The focus of ONUG Spring 2015 was operationalizing open infrastructure, something co-chairman and co-founder, Nick Lippis, addressed in his kick-off keynote. The keynote stressed ONUG’s goal of sustaining the user community’s effort to transform the current siloed IT organizational model into a cloud infrastructure design to more readily adapt to user needs while creating business value.
The conference sessions examined the state of evaluation and deployment of emerging software-defined solutions across the enterprise, cloud, and wide area networks, while networking luminaries addressed the implications of emerging software defined solutions on the development environment, organizational design, and careers in enterprise IT establishments. Other themes and highlights from the conference are as follows:
Demand for SD-WAN Leads the Way
SD-WAN was front and center both in user demand and deployable commercial solutions.
Need for a Revolutionary Enterprise IT Transformation
Top IT speakers laid out their networking strategies, noting disparate hybrid clouds, mobility, and enterprise IT had made for expensive, insecure legacy silos, making centralized policy, configuration, and orchestration models and control imminent.
IT Business Leaders at the Forefront of Transformation
ONUG Spring marked a strategic milestone for ONUG and the networking industry at large as we saw results of feature verification testing of the top ten prioritized requirements in three key ONUG working groups. Fifteen companies completed testing which signified the very first exercise where commercial solutions were tested for feature parameters set by IT users, reversing traditional patterns of vendor-initiated solutions. The three ONUG working groups involved in the testing were the SD-WAN, Virtual Network Overlays, and Network Services Virtualization.
Three additional working groups published their top ten requirements:
The goal for the IT business leader-developed use case requirements, feature verification testing, and subsequent development of multivendor PoCs is to continue leveraging the user community’s collective power of engineering and procurement to steer the pace of change and deployment of open infrastructure solutions. The ONUG Use Case Working Groups will continue their respective efforts between now and ONUG Fall at NYU’s Kimmel Center on November 3-5, 2015.