ONUG Spring Reports Record Attendance as the IT Community Comes Together in Dallas to Further Advancements in Building, Running, and Securing the Digital Enterprise

Real-world Use Cases, Vendor Proof of Concepts, and Industry-first CyberSecurity Reference Solution Take Center Stage

DALLAS, TEXAS, (May 13, 2019) — The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) Founders and Board announced today highlights from ONUG Spring conference and showcase in Dallas, TX, that centered around its industry call for open and interoperable hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure solutions to deliver better digital transformation effect and outcomes. Held for the first time in Dallas, the event:

  • Attracted over 500 Global 2000 IT executives, up 19% from last Spring, that are responsible for IT & Organization transformation all in an effort to develop digital solutions that deliver digital value for their enterprises. First-time attendees from enterprise companies include lululemon, Southwest Airlines, GameStop, and American Airlines.
  • Featured ONUG’s the largest Spring gathering of IT vendors to date, with over 35 vendors participating in our Digital Transformation Showcase, Proof of Concept sessions, midday keynotes and working groups including IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Cisco, Fortinet, Netscout, Palo Alto, Silver Peak, Versa, Vmware, and Verizon.
  • Announced the first verifiable cybersecurity reference solution developed by ONUG’s Software-Defined Security Services Working Group and solution integration partner Microland Ltd.
  • Organized an AI for IT Ops workshop that gained agreement from Juniper/Mist, Atscale, Microsoft, ServiceNow, and others to collaborate on data sharing permission and causality correlation so as to apply AI algorithms to automate mitigation of common IT operational faults.   
  • Hosted the Microsoft Academy that focused on advanced networking for applications running in Azure and Kubernetes.
  • Featured a MasterCard and Gluware Midday Keynote that revealed how MasterCard’s VP of Site Reliability Engineering makes decisions on tools to buy … “the true cost of DIY isn’t just building a solution, it’s maintaining what we built.”
  • Learned attendee’s top 3 favorite Use Cases: Connecting Cloud-based Security Tools with On-Premise for Hybrid Cloud, Measurable Security, and Traditional Network Security Creates Vulnerabilities and Bottlenecks.
  • Included live Proof of Concept sessions, lead by ONUG sponsors, that highlighted important use cases and requirements including Tagging Metrics in a Multi-cloud World, The 4 Dimensions of Monitoring, and Securing Your Branch Transformation.

A major highlight of the ONUG conference program was the updates by the ONUG Working Groups, led by Stephen Collins, ONUG Chief Technology Officer. Each working group reported on its journey toward defining reference solutions for deploying IT applications in hybrid multi-cloud environments. The Software-Defined Security Services Working Group presented a multi-vendor reference solution for binding security policies to workloads so they can be easily migrated from one cloud environment to another. The SD-WAN 2.0 Working Group presented a reference solution architecture supporting a variety of use cases for user and machine SD-WAN connectivity to multi-cloud applications that ensure security and performance. The Monitoring & Analytics Working Group presented an observability model that will be used to drive the development of reference solutions that provide visibility into multi-cloud environments where the IT manager no longer owns or controls the underlying infrastructure. To get involved with ONUG Working Groups, please join here.

“ONUG Spring in Dallas exceeded all of our expectations. Its narrative focused on the new role of IT as a business engineering function to align business and digital corporate strategies and initiatives. Hybrid and multi-cloud technologies/ecosystems are key software building blocks in the building, running, and securing of the digital enterprise,” said Nick Lippis, ONUG Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “An industry warning was issued that the cloud era is a closed ecosystem, locking-in and limiting IT business leader’s choices and options, as well as cloud provider’s addressable market. In response, ONUG’s seventh year and third phase is to focus on verifiability reference solutions for the ONUG Community and industry at-large to support interoperable clouds.”

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The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is the only organization composed of senior-level IT executives from the Global 2000 that represents the interests and initiatives of the Enterprise Community. Through our global event series, Working Groups, training academies, and webinars, ONUG plays a central role in the creation of new and improved tools to develop, manage, and secure the Digital Enterprise. ONUG’s peer permission structure fosters the exchange of information among the world’s largest organizations as they build and secure the digital economy. The ONUG Board is comprised of IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, eBay, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, State Street Bank, TD Ameritrade, UBS, Oath, and hundreds more. For more on ONUG, go to www.onug.net or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_ or LinkedIn.

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Christine Krajewski