ONUG Partners with New York University to Drive Software-Managed Infrastructure Innovation with New Lab Resources

New Open Source Environment Provides Test Bed for Basic Research and Facilitates Testing for Commercial and Academic Purposes

March 24, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG), in collaboration with New York University (NYU), today announced the formation of the NYU Open Networking Lab. The new lab aims to provide a state of the art testing environment for members of the ONUG Community to explore research-driven solutions addressing existing and emerging problems faced by the software-defined infrastructure community.

“We see the Open Networking Lab as another means through which ONUG can drive the industry transition to software-managed infrastructure,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “This collaboration with NYU furthers our commitment to encouraging, and now enabling, groundbreaking developments in open infrastructures and provides the community with a vehicle for SDN market development.”

The NYU Open Networking Lab delivers a test bed for basic research for graduate and PhD students and serves as an academic partner within the larger open networking dialogue initiated by ONUG. The lab is led by Dr. Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, associate professor of Computer Science within NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, a leading center for research and education in mathematics and computer science.

The Open Networking Lab will initially focus on research projects in the emerging areas of:

  • Scalable, Fault-Tolerant and Secure SD-WAN Architectures
  • SDN-Powered Next-generation IoT Platforms
  • Programmable Cellular Networks

“NYU is an ideal home for ONUG’s newest lab. Located in the heart of New York City, NYU is a leading university that values both technical excellence and exploration,” said Lakshminarayanan Subramanian. “By including participants from ONUG’s vendor community in conjunction with academia, the Open Networking Lab offers a unique collaboration opportunity to jointly explore the future building blocks of software-defined infrastructure. I am thrilled to partner with ONUG.”

The NYU Open Networking Lab is supported through collaborations with ONUG member companies. More details on participation and sponsorships can be found on the ONUG site. The NYU Open Networking Lab seeks donations, equipment, licenses, and staff, all of which can be made to the NYU non-profit on a tax favorable basis.

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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