Extraordinary ONUG Spring Speaker Lineup Plots Industry Course Toward Software-Defined Infrastructure Technology & Market

Spring Conference to Highlight Hybrid Cloud, Security Services, and Network Automation  

March 29, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced speakers and instructors for ONUG Spring 2016, hosted by Intuit in Mountain View, California, May 9-11. Focusing on developments in software-defined infrastructure, leading IT executives from the largest enterprises and federal government agencies, financial and industry analysts, and recognized academics will share invaluable insights, and sessions will have a strong emphasis on the continuing evolution of software-defined infrastructure, open hybrid cloud, network automation, and software-defined security.

“The transition from hardware to software-based infrastructure is upon us,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “These changes are impacting government and entire enterprise organizations raising fundamental questions. The speaker lineup and topics this spring are designed to address these issues, and the subsequent discussions will be critical in driving change within the industry.”

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Tony Scott, the CIO of the United States, has been invited by the ONUG Board to deliver the opening keynote on the changes occurring as IT transitions from a hardware-based infrastructure model to an open software-defined world. Scott will share perspectives on the need for a New IP architecture that is open, secure, software-based and programmable.

The ONUG Board has also confirmed the following prestigious speakers:

  • Andreessen Horowitz – Peter Levine
  • Bank of America – Conrad Menezes
  • BNY Mellon – Neal Secher
  • Credit Suisse – Vesko Pehlivanov
  • DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) – Major General Sarah Zabel
  • Gap Inc. – Vishal Goradia
  • GE – Joe Ferrell
  • FedEx – Aryo Kresnadi
  • Fidelity Investments – Carlos Matos
  • Intuit – Tayloe Stansbury, Pablo Espinosa and Ted Turner
  • JP Morgan Chase – Rod Hall
  • Kaiser Permanente – Sam Gambarin
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners – Barry Eggers
  • Purdue — Dr. Douglas Comer
  • Baird – Jayson Nolan
  • com – David Lucey
  • Sequoia Capital —Bill Coughran
  • Stanford University – Dr. David Cheriton
  • The New York Times – Quentin Hardy
  • UBS – James Younan
  • Yahoo – Lane Patterson
  • 451 Research – Peter Christy

To echo the themes highlighted in the scheduled keynotes and panel sessions, ONUG Working Groups will release three frameworks on Open Hybrid CloudSoftware-Managed Infrastructure, and Software-Defined Security Services.

“The dialogue that takes place at ONUG around the business impacts of open IT frameworks is invaluable,” said Tayloe Stansbury, executive vice president and CTO of Intuit. “Intuit is pleased to host ONUG’s first West Coast event and share their commitment in expanding the industry’s awareness on the advantages of open software-based infrastructure.”

Research Track

In addition, ONUG Spring will include research track sessions led by prominent members of the academic community including Sachin Katti of Stanford, Justine Sherry of University of California at Berkeley, and Lakshmi Subramanian of New York University. 

ONUG Academy

The May 9th ONUG Academy, sponsored by Big Switch Networks, will offer a set of deep dive tutorials targeted at DevOps and NetOps teams providing valuable instruction on white box networks, container networking, SD-WAN, virtual pods, and security in open data center environments.

Registration for the ONUG Spring Academy and Conference is now open.

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About ONUG

ONUG is the leading community of IT executives focused on enabling greater choice and options for IT business leaders by advocating open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions that span across the entire IT stack, all in an effort to create business value. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, and Yahoo. For more on ONUG, go to www.OpenNetworkingUserGroup.com or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_

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