IT Business Leaders Converge at ONUG Spring to Share Deployments and Business Benefits of Open Infrastructure

ONUG Working Groups to Announce Testing Results for Software-Defined WAN, Virtual Networks/Overlays, and Network Services Virtualization Use Cases

April 9, 2015 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced initial keynote speakers and panelists who will address a range of open infrastructure deployments, challenges, and best practices at ONUG Spring 2015, hosted by Columbia University in New York City, May 12-14. This spring’s speaker line-up also includes IT business leaders who have been vocal participants in the ONUG Use Case Working Groups, as they outline their new use case requirements.

“Several exciting topics will emerge at ONUG Spring, which is promising to be one of our most important and well attended conferences to date,” said Nick Lippis, Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “Adrian Cockcroft, Technology Fellow at Battery Ventures and former Netflix executive, will stress that open infrastructure is about corporate value creation, not just cost savings. Meanwhile, SVP at Fidelity Investments, Keith Shinn, will emphasize the need for a new IT organizational model to reap the value of open infrastructure. These are just a couple of the many topics to be covered in addition to the ONUG Working Group requirements and testing results, set to be presented at ONUG Spring.”

Preliminary Speakers at ONUG Spring 2015 include:

  • AO Asset Management – Nick Romano
  • Bank of America – Andrew Kulawiak, Conrad Menezes
  • Bloomberg – Truman Boyes
  • BNY Mellon – Neal Secher
  • Battery Ventures – Adrian Cockcroft, Alex Benik
  • Cigna – Mike Elmore
  • Citigroup – Harmen Van der Linde
  • Credit Suisse – Vesko Pehlivanov
  • Facebook, Inc. – Omar Baldonado
  • FedEx – Gene Sun, Aryo Kresnadi
  • Fidelity Investments – Keith Shinn, Carlos Matos
  • Gap, Inc. – Pablo Espinosa
  • JPMorgan Chase – Michael Payne
  • The Juda Group – Subu Subrahmanyan
  • Moor Insights & Strategy – Patrick Moorhead
  • Morgan Stanley – John Storm
  • Pfizer – Nelson Tai
  • Symantec – Lane Patterson
  • UBS – James Younan

The following sponsor companies will have a presence at ONUG Spring 2015 and many will discuss how they are addressing the new open networking market requirements: Avi Networks, Avni Networks, Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, CloudGenix, FatPipe Networks, F5 Networks, Gigamon, Glue Networks, HP, Ixia, Metaswitch, NEC, Nuage Networks, Pluribus Networks, Riverbed, Silver Peak, Solarflare, Talari, vArmour, VeloCloud, Verizon, Versa Networks, Viptela, and VMware.

Visit the ONUG website to learn about additional speakers as they are added and register to attend ONUG Spring 2015 today.


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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 or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_


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