Recipients of Innovation Awards Recognized at ONUG Spring 2018

Illumio, Juniper and Huawei Fulfill All Criteria for the ONUG Software-Defined Security Services Framework


May 21, 2018 – Boston – ONUG today officially announced the recipients of the ONUG Innovation Awards. Three companies were recognized as part of the new awards, which highlight the companies dedicated to developing solutions that directly address enterprise IT user needs. The ONUG Innovation Awards seek to put some of the $100B of ONUG IT spend behind those companies that are delivering solutions to the use cases that are important to the ONUG Community and Working Groups. ONUG encourages innovative solutions in these areas to create multi-billion markets in software-defined security plus monitoring and analytics that span on-and off-premises hosted workloads.

Ahead of ONUG Spring, chairmen and members of the ONUG Software-Defined Security Services(S-DSS) Working Group published proof of concept (PoC) guidelines and invited vendors and cloud/service providers to develop PoC presentations based on the requirements they outlined. At the ONUG Spring Conference, a panel of independent industry experts, including Stephen Collins of ACG Research, Eric Hanselman of 451 Research, and Tom Hollingsworth of Tech Field Day and Gestalt IT scored each solution based on criteria included in the published guidelines. Companies who scored above a certain threshold were then recognized for their commitment to the creation of markets and solutions required by the ONUG IT Community to support digital transformation.

Award recipients include Illumio, Juniper Networks, and Huawei. Each qualifying company was presented a certificate and crystal plaque to recognize their achievements. These companies are also invited to begin private PoCs within ONUG IT Community organizations and ONUG Board companies.

“The level of engagement we saw from all the members of the Software-Defined Security Services Working Group was thrilling. They were all eager to participate in the ONUG Innovation Awards to develop PoCs that address cloud security, monitoring and analytics use cases lacking in the industry,” said Nick Lippis, ONUG co-founder and co-chairman. “Our goal at ONUG is to highlight companies that are dedicated to support business and IT transformation so that IT business leaders have the tools to bring their corporations into the digital economy. The Innovation Awards gives our community an opportunity to identify these companies and allows them to begin to develop private PoCs to create real change and expand the choices and options available in the IT industry.”

The judges worked hard attending all the proof of concept presentations and carefully deliberating as all the demonstrations were extremely compelling. All the members of the ONUG Software-Defined Security Services Working Group detailed the aggregated use case requirements, documenting them, developing the PoC guidelines and judging criteria. At ONUG we don’t create standards or write open source code, but we do aggregate use case requirements for the Global 2000 and seek innovative solutions in the market to drive digital transformations.

ONUG Spring vendor PoC videos will be made available shortly on the ONUG website.

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