ONUG First to Test Market Solutions Mapped to User-Developed Use Case Requirements

Further Highlights ONUG’s Commitment to Work with IT Business and Industry Leaders to Deliver Solutions Directly Based on User Needs

March 26, 2015 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced that it has launched its first testing program to validate market solutions against key IT requirements. The ONUG use case validation testing is a landmark event in the networking industry, signaling the first time commercial solutions are being tested against requirements outlined by the ONUG working groups. As the official testing partner, Ixia will conduct the month-long testing process, and thus far ONUG and Ixia have seen a significant response from the vendor community, that is eager to participate.

The ONUG tests aim to provide proof of concepts, feature validation, and demonstrations to ensure that the networking solutions in the network overlays, SD-WAN, and network services virtualization areas deliver on the top ten requirements developed by the ONUG working groups.

“These tests underscore our commitment to the ONUG Community of IT executives and vendors to validate product features that meet IT business leader requirements for enterprise cloud infrastructure,” said Nick Lippis, Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “The networking industry is eagerly awaiting these results and it is our hope that all of this effort will assist in moving the open infrastructure industry from technology curiosity to operations.”

ONUG Working Groups

ONUG’s six current working groups represent the centerpiece of the IT community’s work toward bringing software defined networking to the larger networking industry. SDN has been a work in progress, requiring much-needed user input and leadership to affect the development of commercial products.

ONUG kicked off its initial three working groups, focused on Virtual Networks/Overlays, Network Services Virtualization, and Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), in the spring of 2014 to develop use cases and associated requirements. Headed by members of the ONUG Board and top IT business leaders, the working groups represent user-driven capabilities, a major departure from typical networking developments led by vendors.

At ONUG Fall 2014, each of these three working groups generated white papers that included six architectural design models mapped to use cases with top ten requirements. The current testing program is the crucial second step toward validating market solutions against these ten requirements for each of the three groups.

Three additional working groups were formed in January 2015 to round out the broader SDN deployment across the enterprise. The new groups include: Network State Collection, Correlation, and Analytics; Common Management Tools across Network, Storage, and Compute; and Traffic Monitoring/Visibility.

“I am thrilled by the overwhelming response from vendors who want to participate,” continued Nick Lippis. “Presently we have 15 networking vendors beginning the testing process, with others being added. Discussions on testing data and much anticipated findings will be front and center at ONUG Spring 2015.”

ONUG Spring 2015 will be hosted May 12-14 by Columbia University in New York City. To learn more about the ONUG testing results, register to attend ONUG Spring 2015 today.


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_

ONUG Contact:

Jennifer Costello