On Stage @ ONUG Fall in NYC:
Learn How Great Cloud Solutions Start With Great Partners

Hear Firsthand How IT Execs and Vendors Came Together to Drive Digital Transformation

ONUG is the only user-led organization that is building the hybrid multi-cloud ecosystem. At next week’s ONUG Fall, October 16-17 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the ONUG hybrid multi-cloud ecosystem will be on full display.

Customer-led Keynotes Addressing Critical Challenges For Hybrid Multi-Cloud Deployments

The ONUG Board designed these Keynotes to show how IT Executives and vendors and are partnering in unique and creative ways to solve problems as innovation is now coming from the enterprise community.  Led by an IT executive describing their challenges and how they partnered with a vendor to develop an innovative solution. 

Keynote Descriptions


Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Why Your Digital Transformation Needs SD-WAN

The digital transformation in networking is well under way and no other technology is as strategically positioned to enable this evolution as SD-WAN. Today’s widespread migration to cloud applications and services, constraints of legacy network models, disparate nature of enterprise locations and the proliferation of mobile devices require a solution that enables a faster, easier deployment and real-time, centralized operations management of your WAN. Join this session if you want to know more about VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud: how it differs from traditional approaches, interoperates with legacy infrastructures, integrates with VMware SDDC using a unique, scalable cloud architecture, and how companies of any size and vertical can take advantage of its benefits today.


Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12:40 – 1:00 PM

IBM Cloud featuring The Weather Company:
Achieving fast DevOps at high scale with managed Kubernetes

Native Kubernetes deployments are portable across platforms, environments, and geographies. A key benefit of using a managed Kubernetes service is that operations workloads are streamlined to what is most relevant to achieving business objectives–for example, innovating on end user/customer experience. Having migrated its Kubernetes-deployed apps into IBM Cloud, The Weather Company shares its lessons learned.


Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1:00 – 1:20 PM

Comcast Business featuring Fortinet, Aruba & Versa:
Realizing the Promise of a Virtualized Multi-Service Ecosystem

The promise of Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been to provide users flexibility and customization when developing technology solutions for mission-critical business needs. And let’s face it, a one-network-fits-all philosophy won’t work for most businesses. Business owners must prioritize their resources to have the most impact for their organization. But customization doesn’t need to have a luxury price tag. By having a strong foundational platform that integrates modular network functions from multiple providers, network operators can focus on developing the right tech stack for their business without the stack. 

The Comcast Business ActiveCore℠ SDN platform enables organizations to plug virtualized functions into their network to solve business needs – from WAN management to security. By orchestrating best-in-class network functions from various technology providers, running securely on ActiveCore, users can manage their network the way they want to, while using the service providers they’ve chosen. ActiveCore sets the stage for the future of enterprise networking and creates new opportunities for business.

In this session, hear from ActiveCore partners about what a true best-of-breed, multi-service ecosystem will mean for the future of network management, and how they’re leveraging a platform approach to deliver affordable, reliable customization to users.


Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:00 – 5:20 PM

Versa featuring Fiserve & Verizon Business:
Accelerating Digital Transformation with Secure SD-WAN as THE Anchor

The Enterprise digital transformation journey is motivated by virtualized services, or the need for flexible and scalable CRM, UCaaS and other real-time application services that business units are leveraging to gain competitive advantage.

To deliver business agility with the highest network availability and uniform security in a multi-cloud world, a superior application user quality of experience and resilient, redundant WAN performance requires a reimagination of the corporate network edge.

Join Versa Networks, First Data Corp. and Verizon as executives outline distinct journeys of successfully deploying the optimal solution for the new smart digital edge network, and key criteria for qualifying secure software-defined WAN services in support of digital transformation strategies.


Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:30 – 8:50 AM

Cisco Systems featuring Johnsonville Sausage: 
SD-WAN: Cutting Costs and Complexity

Prior to implementing SD-WAN, Johnsonville Sausage was struggling with IT cost and complexity. But with simple software upgrades and no upfront costs —Johnsonville Sausage was able to convert existing Cisco hardware into an SD-WAN architecture. This enabled Johnsonville Sausage to shutter expensive MPLS lines in favor of high bandwidth Internet / DIA lines; and enabled opening of branches to direct internet access across the globe with a few clicks.

The Cisco SD-WAN solution delivered a single dashboard from which to manage and provision while ensuring no erroneous policy drifts; and providing full application visibility. 

Join Anthony Wild, Johnsonville Sausage (Global Network Operations Manager), and Lloyd Noronha, Cisco (SD-WAN Marketing) for a deep dive into the amazingly simple shift from WAN to SD-WAN, and the benefits that Johnsonville Sausage enjoyed as a result!


Thursday, Oct. 17, 1:25 – 1:45 PM

ThousandEyes featuring McGraw Hill: 
Evolution of IT Operations at McGraw Hill in the Face of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is impacting every industry, changing the way enterprises deliver services to their users. McGraw-Hill Education has embraced this trend, evolving from supplying printed books to now offering personalized online learning experiences across 135 countries, 8.6M users in nearly 60 different languages. 

Successfully adapting to a digital business model requires a change in both technology investments and IT operations. A pre-digital operational model combined with traditional monitoring stack fail to empower IT teams to deliver a reliable and consistent user experience. 

Join David Mann, Senior Director of Global Network Services as he discusses the evolution of McGraw-Hill into a digitally transformed business, technology and cultural changes required to be successful and how a revised IT operations and visibility framework is critical to delivering superior learning experiences to their customers.


Thursday, Oct. 17, 1:45 – 2:05 PM

Verizon featuring Ericsson:
The Evolution of SD-WAN in the Age of 5G

SD-WAN is no longer the new kid on the block, with investment in SD-WAN products and services projected to top $2B by 2020. SD-WAN is already the networking technology of choice for cloud-based applications and accelerating enterprise cloud migration trends are poised to lift SD-WAN adoption further. 

Meanwhile 5G deployment is beginning to take off in North America and carriers like Verizon are on track to deploy 5G in select areas of more than 30 US cities in 2019. 

SD-WAN is extremely well positioned to take advantage of the nascent 5G deployments. In this talk we discuss a number of SD-WAN/5G-enabled use cases including 5G wireless SD-WAN, mobile workforce and IoT applications, and edge compute and enterprise applications.


Thursday, Oct. 17, 2:05 – 2:25 PM

Open Systems featuring Swisslog:
Bridging the Gap Between Next-Gen IT and Legacy Systems with Managed Secure SD-WAN

In this keynote, hear from Jim Collier, Director of IT North American & Global Networks and Applications at Swisslog, a provider of healthcare solutions, on how they adopted a fully secure, managed SD-WAN solution to supplement their small IT staff.  This resulted in a highly reliable, high-touch network management service with 35 percent increase in uptime of the SD-WAN, translating into significant ROI.


Thursday, Oct. 17, 2:25 – 2:45 PM

Aviatrix: The Corporate Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Corporate Data Center – Networking and Security Services for the Multi-Cloud Enterprise

Public cloud providers – such as AWS, Azure, Google and Oracle – have become the physical infrastructure for the new virtual enterprise data center. Digital transformation to cloud requires a new multi-cloud services architecture that embraces and extends native public cloud constructs and infrastructure. These services deliver a private, multi-account, multi-region and multi-cloud networking and security layer that is embedded into but operate over-the-top of public cloud infrastructures. Multi-Cloud services include automated orchestration, advanced networking, network segmentation, next generation firewall connectivity, secure user and site-to-cloud VPN, cloud to internet egress filtering, high-performance encryption, operational visibility, troubleshooting and much more. The corporate data center will live on in the cloud, but the architectures of the on-prem data center will die. Early cloud teams proved the move to cloud was possible but did so with significant manual operations and at relatively small scale. Now corporate information technology leaders must take the transformation to the next level of scale, security, governance and both corporate and regulatory compliance. This session will detail how this can be achieve through centralized orchestration and advanced networking and security services – born in the cloud, for the cloud.


There is No Other Place to See Leading Hybrid Multi-Cloud Providers Under One Roof

Meet with these Midday Keynote Vendors and IT Business Leaders at ONUG Fall. Get up-to-speed on the latest technologies and solutions from 60 of Digital Transformation Showcase vendors. Visit our website to get complete details on:

Highlighted sponsors

  • Aruba a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
  • Gluware


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