ONUG to Recognize Vendors Dedicated to Open IT Framework Initiatives

ONUG Fall Conference to Acknowledge Vendors for Commitment to Develop Open IT Standards Most Important to Enterprise IT Community

October 12, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced they will honor the vendor participants of its Open IT Framework Initiatives at the upcoming ONUG Fall 2016 Conference in New York City. Output from work conducted this summer and fall on behalf of the initiatives will be an integral part of the fall conference, hosted by FedEx at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion on October 24th and 25th.

Launched at ONUG Spring, newly formed initiatives capture IT executive requirements from the ONUG Working Groups and facilitate the development of corresponding solutions. The initiatives reinforce ONUG’s commitment to the user community and demonstrate a groundbreaking collaboration between vendors, academics, standards organizations, open source communities, and entrepreneurs.

“The newly formed open initiatives are succeeding in bringing the ONUG Community closer to the open software-defined infrastructure they require,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “I would like to congratulate all of the participants for their hard work and commitment to driving this industry-wide transition. We are thrilled to be able to share the progress they have made at the fall event.”

Initiatives and Vendor Participants

Open SD-WAN Exchange (OSE) – The Open SD-WAN Exchange (OSE) is an open framework to allow for one vendor SD-WAN solution to directly talk to another vendor SD-WAN solution without reliance on underlying infrastructure and/or protocols. Vendors committed to working with the ONUG Community on this initiative include: Cisco, Citrix, FatPipe, Huawei, NTTi3, Nuage Networks, Silver Peak, VeloCloud, Versa Networks, and Viptela.

At ONUG Fall, members of the OSE initiative will take to the stage to chart its course of development and present a proof of concept, providing a base level of interoperability between SD-WAN vendors.

Open Interoperable Control Plane (OICP) – The Open Interoperable Control Plane (OICP) is an open framework to deliver an interoperable control plane standard that can be used and understood by all vendors. Vendors committed to working with the ONUG Community on this initiative include: Huawei and Nuage Networks.

Open Traffic Management Format (OTMF) – The Open Traffic Management Format (OTMF) addresses the huge management gap between overlay and underlay, network monitoring and visibility. OTMF encompasses a range of requirements. Vendors committed to working with the ONUG Community on this initiative include: Avi Networks, Big Switch Networks, cPacket, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NetScout, NTTi3, and Pluribus Networks.

Open Network State Format (ONSF) – The Open Network State Format (ONSF) provides a common format in which state information from multiple physical and virtual entities is collected and stored so that analytics can be applied. Vendors committed to working with the ONUG Community on this initiative include: Apstra, Avi Networks, Forward Networks, Glue Networks, NTTi3, and Veriflow.

The OTMF and ONSF initiatives have been working very closely throughout the summer. At the fall conference, members of each group will provide updates and when appropriate demonstrate proof of concepts that promise to usher in a new industry of Big Data Network Analytics. This work is very important in supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) or machine learning tools to assist in software-managed infrastructure of the near future.

For updates from each of the initiatives, attend ONUG Fall 2016 on October 24th and 25th in New York City.


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 https://www.onug.net or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_