Distinguished CTOs and Executives Take the Stage at ONUG Spring to Discuss the Role of DevOps in the Enterprise and Debate Closed Versus Open Source Software

Representatives from Ansible, Bank of America, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Facebook, Nuage Networks, Silver Lake, and vArmour Participate in ONUG Spring’s Great Debate and Town Hall Meeting

April 16, 2015 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced speakers and topics for its popular Great Debate and Town Hall Meeting, scheduled to take place at the upcoming ONUG Spring 2015 conference at Columbia University, May 12-14 in New York.

Ernest Lefner, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman at ONUG, will moderate this spring’s ONUG Great Debate, which will take place on the afternoon of May 13. The topic of the debate will focus on whether open source initiatives are delivering on their promises or if closed source, with its proven service and support, is still leading the way. Taking the pro-closed stance is Charles Giancarlo, Technology Entrepreneur and Advisor at Silver Lake Partners, while Lew Tucker, Open Stack board member and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems, will represent the pro-open position.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place on May 14, with Graeme Hay, a networking industry veteran and former Chief Architect and CTO of Infrastructure at Credit Suisse, moderating the panel, which includes:

  • Omar Baldonado, Manager of the Network Team, Facebook and Networking Project Co-Lead, OCP
  • Mike Dvorkin, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Insieme and Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
  • Tim Gerla, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ansible, Inc.
  • Dimitri Stiliadis, Founder and Chief Architect, Nuage Networks
  • Marc Woolward, Chief Technology Officer, vArmour

This panel will provide a forum for open and frank discussion between IT business and industry leaders as they explore issues associated with operationalizing open infrastructure technologies, and whether DevOps has a role in enterprise networking.

“These highly anticipated sessions allow the audience to consider a number of diverse opinions on hot topics in the industry. Many in the ONUG community are struggling with questions around both of the topics being covered in this spring’s ONUG Great Debate and Town Hall Meeting,” said Nick Lippis, Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “I am looking forward to addressing these key points of discussion as the vendor and IT business leader communities converge on stage to address the different points of view within the industry.”

About ONUG

ONUG is the leading user-driven community of IT executives focused on leveraging the power of their engineering and procurement to influence the pace and deployment of open networking solutions. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap, Inc., JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Symantec, and UBS. For more on ONUG, go to www.OpenNetworkingUserGroup.com or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_


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