ONUG Great Debate and Town Hall Meeting to Explore Critical Issues Affecting Open Infrastructure Technologies

Cutting Edge Themes for ONUG Spring Focus on Public vs. Private Cloud Services and the Impact of Networking on Storage and Compute

April 7, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced the topics and speakers for its two highly regarded forums, the Great Debate and Town Hall Meeting, scheduled to take place at ONUG Spring 2016 at Intuit in Mountain View, California on May 9-11.

The Great Debate, moderated by Ernest Lefner, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman at ONUG, is scheduled to take place on May 10. Dr. Douglas Comer, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, and Bill Coughran, Partner at Sequoia Capital, will engage the ONUG Community in this popular ONUG exchange, as they debate public versus private cloud services and which is best for enterprise workloads. Coughran will argue that public cloud services offer the best long term option for on-demand IT service delivery and lower costs. Comer, meanwhile, will contend that IT business leaders can gain the same cost and agility benefits of public cloud (and maintain better security, surveillance mitigation, regulatory compliance, and reduced hacker exposure), by building their own private cloud infrastructure.

Like the Great Debate, the Town Hall Meeting actively engages the ONUG Community by providing a venue for candid discussions between vendors and IT business leaders, as speakers directly address questions from the audience. Moderated by Lane Patterson, Vice President of Global Network Infrastructure at Yahoo, the Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for May 11. Participating industry leaders include:

Andy Warfield, Co-Founder and CTO, CoHo Data

Tom Edsall, Engineering Fellow and CTO, (INSBU) Cisco

David Meyer, Chief Scientist and Brocade Fellow, Brocade

This spring’s Town Hall Meeting explores the impact of networking on storage and compute and looks at balancing or optimizing traffic flows within a converged network infrastructure.

“The kind of engagement between the vendor community and IT leaders at ONUG, and within these two sessions specifically, is extremely constructive,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “We are committed to continuing this open dialogue across the entire ONUG Conference and are encouraged to witness the vendor community’s response as they work toward developing new, open solutions that correspond to emergent user requirements.”

Register for ONUG Spring 2016 to engage with ONUG business leaders.

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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