ONUG Fall Event Confronts the Opportunities, Future Impacts, and Demands of Open IT Frameworks

Content Showcases Impact and Business Value of Evolving Solutions on IT Consumption Models and Required Skill Sets 

November 16, 2015 – New York – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today unveiled highlights from its largest event to date, ONUG Fall 2015 hosted by Morgan Stanley and New York University. Leading IT executives, industry analysts, and representatives from the largest networking companies in the world convened at the recent sold out event to discuss new developments in IT introduced by open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions and the expected impact on organizations.
Throughout the three-day event, numerous noteworthy industry leaders took the stage to address procedures, impacts, and opportunities of implementing open IT frameworks within organizations. Within the sessions, three main themes emerged:

  1. 1. IT consumption models are changing IT service delivery and supply chain, throughout the industry
  2. 2. Demand for new IT skill sets is rising
  3. 3. SDN is part of a much larger IT transition toward software-defined infrastructure in an open IT frameworks context

“The importance of IT business leader input in driving vendor solutions, standards development, and the revolutionary changes prompted by open software-defined infrastructure environments were evident in all aspects of the ONUG event,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “Input from forums moderated by industry leaders, results from ONUG Working Groups, impromptu discussions between users and vendors, and feedback from top industry analysts all point to these effects from disparate but valuable perspectives.”

“Open IT frameworks provide the agility to react and retool as the industry or requirements change and evolve,” said Tsvi Gal, CTO of Enterprise Infrastructure for Morgan Stanley at the event’s introduction. “In fostering and encouraging their use, however, it is vital that organizations are thoughtful in the process of leveraging and adopting them.”

The ONUG Town Hall Meeting, moderated by Greg Lavender, CTO of Citigroup delivered an energizing discussion between industry leaders from VMware, Arista, Google, Mesosphere, Cisco and Docker on using hybrid cloud services with split application architecture. Following the discussion, 72 percent of the ONUG Community said they would deploy a hybrid cloud strategy, while 47 percent expressed concerns over public cloud security.

The Great Debate, led by Ernest Lefner, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman at ONUG, addressed the strength of software versus hardware solutions as the best approach for innovation. Dr. P. Brighten Godfrey, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argued pro-software and Dr. Douglas Comer, Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University fought for pro-hardware. After a lively discussion, Dr. Godfrey prevailed with a narrow margin garnering 51 percent of the vote versus Dr. Comer with a close 49 percent.

The unveiling of the ONUG Working Groups’ first multivendor proof of concept (PoC) vendor demonstrations proved to be a highlight of the event. These demonstrations, which included over 20 ONUG participating companies, mark the latest cycle of the Virtual Networks/Overlays and SD-WAN Working Groups and showcase the power behind user input on vendor development. Numerous models were multivendor and highlighted the necessity of this input, as well as the renewed commitment by participating vendors toward interoperability. Nearly 300 ONUG Community members voted for which PoC best addressed the ONUG Working Group use case. These multivendor PoCs showed impressive advancement in virtualized networking and SD-WAN solutions. All PoCs will be available for viewing on the ONUG website in the coming weeks.

Output from the ONUG Working Groups included the debut of the new IT Service Lifecycle Management Automation Framework session, a direct reflection of the changing user needs as organizations transition toward open software-defined cloud infrastructure. The four groups highlighted within this stack and earmarked for making network management more open and automated include: Network State Collection, Traffic Monitoring/Visibility, Automated Configuration, and SDN Federation/Operability Orchestration. In addition, a new non-technical use case has been developed in response to the demand for more information on required executive skill sets and IT infrastructure models for software-defined architecture.

“ONUG’s narrative is changing and our path for the future is clear,” added Nick Lippis. “True open software-defined infrastructure incorporates not only open networking but the entire IT stack, including open compute, open storage and containers. We are thankful to the speakers and participants for their invaluable insights and look forward to continuing the ONUG discussions during our 2016 Meetups and future conferences in May and October of next year.”


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, 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 http://www.OpenNetworkingUserGroup.com or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_

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