ONUG Releases Prioritized Use Cases to Lower Cost and Ensure Greater Choice in Software-Defined Networking Solutions

80% of ONUG Attendees Reviewing Open Networking to Begin Pilots within a Year

November 1, 2013 – ONUG FALL 2013 – New York City – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) Board of Directors identified eight use cases and associated requirements to ensure IT executives receive the benefits of lower OpEx and CapEx, greater choice and faster delivery of innovative IT solutions. Real world user deployments, market updates, independent test results, and use cases were presented and evaluated at ONUG Fall 2013, hosted October 29-30, 2013 by JPMorgan Chase & Co.   The IT business leaders at ONUG voted and selected as the Top 3 priorities for RFIs/RFQs to be issued in the next year:

  • Integrated Layer 4-7 Network Services
  • Virtual Network Overlays
  • Branch Software-Defined Wide Area Networks  (SD-WANs)


Other use cases identified included: Traffic monitoring and visibility, white box networking, automated network segmentation, Linux-based automation, an abstract Policy to define applications and IT Infrastructure dependencies. The complete list of the ONUG Fall 2013 Use Cases Requirements include:

  • Integrate Layer 4-7 Network Services to Eliminate Appliances
  • Take an Open Approach to Virtual Networks/Overlays
  • Leverage Branch Wide Area Software-Defined Networks (WA-SDN) to Reduce Appliance clutter and Extract Greater Value from WAN Services
  • Integrated Traffic Monitoring and Network Visibility
  • Automate Network Segmentation to reduce network operations from laborious manual configuration
  • Expose Linux within Networking Gear to facilitate automation
  • Deploy White Box Switches in Access Closets for automated configuration and change management
  • Establish Abstract Policy for Applications and expose IT Infrastructure Dependencies


Additional information on the use cases is available at:



ONUG envisions greater vendor independence, self-service provisioning of network, compute and storage, thanks to the continued decoupling of networking software and hardware with Linux automation tools.   The industry should not be dependent on innovation cycles from single suppliers in any area including merchant silicon. The open networking industry requires a software ecosystem and DevOps will play an important role in networking equipment selection and design.  In addition, open networking will drive disruption in the storage market as IP storage coupled with leaf-spine networks impact SAN value.


“IT executives at ONUG were focused on real-world deployments, choice, and vendor independence,” said Nick Lippis, ONUG Chairman and co-founder. “As IT demands increase, IT business leaders have organized through ONUG by putting their engineering and power of the purse together to define open networking the way they want it, not the way the vendors want to offer it.”


The open networking market has expanded and moved quickly since ONUG first met in February. IT executives looking to transform their networks shared best practices with peers, user requirements, and engaged in dialog with the vendor community.  Vendors participating at ONUG Fall 2013 include: Adara Networks, Anuta Networks, Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks, Cisco, cPacket Networks, Cumulus Networks, Embrane, Evertz Microsystems, Extreme Networks, Gigamon, Glue Networks, HP, IBM, Intel, Ixia, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nuage Networks, OpenDaylight, PLUMgrid, Stateless Networks, vArmour, Vello Systems and VSS Monitoring.


The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, Citigroup, Fidelity Investments, GAP Inc., JPMorgan Chase &Co., UBS, Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report and others.


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