ONUG Expands and Restructures 2016 ONUG Working Groups

Strong Industry Demand for Vendor Solutions Based on User-Driven Requirements Steers Growth

January 4, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced its lineup of ONUG Working Groups for 2016. The announcement highlights the introduction of new use case working groups as well as the restructuring and successful completion of the original ONUG Working Groups.

The nine working groups leading into ONUG Spring 2016 include:

  • – Continuing Working Groups
    • 1. Virtual Networks/Overlays
    • 2. Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
    • 3. Software-Defined Data Center Security Fabric
  • – New Working Groups
    • 4. Network Services Broker
    • 5. Hybrid Cloud
  • – Working Groups in new “ONUG IT Services Lifecycle Management Framework”
    • 6. Traffic Monitoring/Visibility
    • 7. Network State Collection, Correlation, and Analytics
    • 8. SDN Federation/Operability
    • 9. Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management

“We are proud of the accomplishments of the ONUG Working Groups,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “There is a revolution taking place in the industry prompted by open software-defined infrastructure environments. We will continue to play a very active role in this movement. Our nine working groups are based on input from users challenged by these industry changes, which further highlights ONUG’s commitment to solutions that directly correspond with IT business leader requirements.”

Completion of Original Working Groups

ONUG’s original three working groups have completed a full cycle. These working groups include SD-WAN, Virtual Networks/Overlays, and Network Service Virtualization (NSV). These groups have successfully developed detailed use case requirements in the form of white papers, completed feature verification testing, and demonstrated multivendor Proof of Concepts (PoCs). Though their cycles are complete, IT leaders will continue to discuss evolving user requirements and develop wish lists and guidelines for vendor PoCs and deliverables.

Additionally, NSV will no longer act as an autonomous group; instead, elements of the NSV Working Group will be integrated into data center and wide area network architecture. IT executive members of the NSV group will become involved in the work being done in both Virtual Network/Overlays and SD-WAN groups.

Evolution of Existing Working Groups

The Virtual Networks/Overlays working group will be expanding its scope to include the Container Networking use case as well as the Virtual Routed Networks use case.

The Traffic Monitoring/Visibility, Network State Collection, Correlation and Analytics, SDN Federation/Operability, and Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management Working Groups will now come together under the umbrella of the “ONUG IT Services Lifecycle Management Framework.” This collaboration emphasizes management and the role of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) in the context of an automated software-defined world. Each of the four ONUG IT Services Lifecycle Management groups will also highlight skills necessary in their respective areas that, together, would comprise a true Full Stack Engineer.

The Software-Defined Data Center Security Working Group will be refreshed with new chairmen from FedEx, Cigna, and Bank of America leading IT executives towards defining top use case requirements.

Introduction of New Working Groups

At ONUG Fall 2015, IT business leaders prioritized the following four new cases:

  •  Automated Network Dashboard
  •  Virtual Routed Network
  •  Full Stack Engineer
  •  Network Services Broker

The Network Services Broker use case will have its own dedicated working group, while the other three use cases will be integrated into existing groups.

An executive Hybrid Cloud Working Group has also been chartered to develop a framework to include security, contract language, terms, and technical architecture for the use of hybrid cloud by large enterprises. This invite-only working group will share the framework during ONUG Spring at Intuit.

To request an ONUG 2016 Sponsor Prospectus, contact Mira Woods. ONUG Spring 2016 early bird attendee registration will open in late February.


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., 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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