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At ONUG Spring 2021, we will reflect on the lessons learned during the tumultuous past year. We will digest the changes we experienced together and discuss the technologies and strategies critical to our digital transformation business models in 2021 and beyond. 

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Ernest Lefner
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP
Suzan Mahboob
Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment
Ben Cooper
Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex
Mark Tierney
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

Featured Speakers


Sigal Zarmi
International CIO & Head of Transformation
Morgan Stanley
Daniel Conroy
Chief Technology Officer, Digital
Raytheon Technologies
Preetha Vijayakumar
VP Enterprise Network & Communications Services
FedEx
Tsvi Gal
Head of Enterprise Technology Services (Infrastructure)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Linda Tai
Senior Vice President - Chief Architect
Fannie Mae
Ann Johnson
Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development
Microsoft
Michael Parks
VP, Distributed Infrastructure Services
USAA
Johna Till Johnson
CEO and Founder
Nemertes Research
Phil Venables
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Google Cloud
Leslie Rosenberg
Research VP, Network Life Cycle and Infrastructure Services
IDC
Don Duet
CEO & Co-Founder
Concourse Labs
Michee Smith
Product Manager
Google
Dr. Douglas Comer
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University
Paul Silverstein
Managing Director
Cowen & Company
Preeti Krishna
Principal Program / Product Manager
Microsoft
Theo Forbath
Managing Director
Accenture
David Mann
Director Global Network Services
CSL Behring
Zhen Fan
Director IT
FedEx
Tiffany Jachja
Technical Evangelist
Harness
Steve Mullaney
CEO
Aviatrix
Keith Shinn
SVP, Head of Infrastructure
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.
Danielle Kramer
Head of Sales
Alkira
Mick Currey
Enterprise Cloud Architect
Fidelity Investments
Guru Chahal
Partner
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Matt Hoag
CTO
Koch Business Solutions (a unit of Koch Industries)
Amir Khan
President, CEO and Founder
Alkira
Jeff Gray
CEO
Gluware, Inc.
Subu Subrahmanyan
Principal
AO Asset Management
Brian Silverman
Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson
Ethan Mason
Global Head of Core and Data Center Network Architecture and Engineering
Bank of America
Behnaz Arzani
Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research
Jerome Bell
VP & CISO
IBM Public Cloud
Shane Jenkins
Senior Director Network Engineering
First Republic Bank
Mike Blunt
Architect, Practice Lead
NetCraftsmen
Hardik Modi
AVP, Threat and Mitigation Products
NETSCOUT
Larry Peterson
CTO
Open Networking Foundation
Manan Shah
Head of Product Management
Alkira
Brian Deitch
Solutions Architect
Zscaler
John Willis
Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office
Red Hat
Anaf Durrani
VP of Engineering
Grainger
Michael Thomas Clark
Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media
Greg Ferro
Co-Founder
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Don Luchini
Staff Engineer
SimpliSafe
Michael D’Aniello
Senior Infrastructure Platform Architect
VMware Carbon Black
Cody Rae Lazri
DevOps Engineer
Harvard University
Tim Van Herck
Director, Technical Product Management
VMware
Bob Friday
VP/CTO
Mist a Juniper Company
Anatoliy Panasyuk
Partner Architect in Cloud+AI Security team
Microsoft
Peter Campbell
Global Security Engineering Leader
Cigna
Janet Van
Product Manager
IBM
Michael Haugh
VP of Product Marketing
Gluware
Mark Eisenberg
Developer Support Account Manager
Microsoft
Thomas Behnke
Chief Enterprise Architect
Kellogg Company
Rod Hall
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
Alex Brown
Partner
Epilogue Ventures
Jeff Mogul
Principal Software Engineer
Google
Anh Thu Vo
Staff Engineer II/Network Architect
VMWare Cloud Foundation at VMware
Ranveer Chandra
Managing Director, Research for Industry, Head of Networking Research, MSR
Microsoft Corporation
Thomas Vachuska
ONOS Chief Architect
Open Networking Foundation
Yishay Yovel
Chief Marketing Officer
Cato Networks
Nick Feamster
Neubauer Professor
University of Chicago
Bill Schmarzo
Data Science and Data Monetization Strategic Advisor
Truman Boyes
SVP Infrastructure
MLB
Christopher Liljenstolpe
Chief Architect
Cloud at Cisco
Smriti Talwar
Architect, Engineer, Leader, Master Inventor
IBM
Edet Nkposong
Principal Engineering Manager
Microsoft
Bill Lapp
Customer Success, Global Leader
Zscaler
Atif Khan
Founder and CTO
Alkira
Mark Inoue
Architect of Cloud Native Technology
Net One Systems USA Inc.
Shangxin Du
Technical Marketing Engineer
Cisco
Chris Villemez
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
NetBrain Technologies
Ray Krug
Director, Product Marketing
NETSCOUT
Dave Hegenbarth
VP Systems Engineering
Pliant.io
Toby Makepeace
Systems Engineer
Pensando Systems
Rich Martin
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
Itential
Derick Winkworth
Technical Solutions Architect
Forward Networks
Keith Burns
Technical Marketing
PacketFabric
Anna Claiborne
SVP Engineering and Product & Co-Founder
PacketFabric
Anvitha Jain
Technical Marketing Engineer
Cisco
Ben Cooper
Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex
Bruce Pinsky
Distinguished Engineer – Product Infrastructure
Intuit
Ernest Lefner
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP
Fabrizio Maccioni
Director of Technical Marketing
Forward Networks
Geng Lin
EVP and Chief Technology Officer
F5
Jaspreet Bhatia
Sr. Technical Product Manager
VMware
Mandeep Dhami
Director, Software Development
Cisco
Mark Tierney
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives
Mike Elrom
Senior Solution Architect
Itential
Nick Lippis
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG
Nuno Ferreira
VP of Technology
Volterra
Shreyas Srish
Business Analyst
Cisco
Steve Wood
Principal Engineer, Wide Area Network Architecture & Software-Defined WAN
Cisco
Suzan Mahboob
Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment
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Managing ACL Conflicts and Chaos Problems managing your enterprise network ACLs? ACL management and enforcing policies can be tedious like weeding a garden - it’s difficult to stay on top of it. With multiple vendors all with different syntax, rules are complicated and implementing rules can have an unanticipated impact on the network. You may not know all the syntax necessary or find yourself without all the necessary credentials. A mathematical model from Forward Networks can help. By modeling the whole forwarding plane, Forward can: * Verify if a policy is being implemented at the edge * Pinpoint if an ACL rule or a network path is the problem * Test ACL changes within Forward’s platform to anticipate the impact once implemented
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In today’s data center infrastructure, the lack of end-to-end observability creates serious limitations for IT when troubleshooting problems. Is the problem in the server, the network interface card (NIC), top-of-rack (ToR) switch, or something deeper in the network? This lack of visibility often results in mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) challenges, and can be exacerbated by new data center paradigms such as the increasing deployment of zero-trust and encryption-everywhere security models in hybrid, multi-cloud, and hyper-converged environments. In this PoC we will highlight a new approach that gives administrators and application developers the ability to quickly identify and root cause system issues across their entire infrastructure even with end-to-end encryption in place.
Speakers:
Systems Engineer
Pensando Systems

Your network has changed dramatically as the enterprise has sprawled to take advantage of multiple cloud providers. You still have datacenters and other forms of edge computing getting built out. But your governance hasn’t changed, and the need for availability and security across this is still your mandate. While the platforms have gotten better at providing visibility, with varying degrees of parity at the feature level, the actual implementations make integrations expensive and prohibitively so when you’re working with multiple clouds. This talk will focus on how NETSCOUT is approaching this problem.’
Speakers:
AVP, Threat and Mitigation Products
NETSCOUT

Hardik Modi is AVP, Threat and Mitigation Products at NETSCOUT. In this role, he oversees the teams responsible for mitigation products as well as the creation of security content for NETSCOUTs products, enabling best-in-class protection for users, as well as the continuous delivery and publication of impactful research across the DDoS and Intrusion landscapes.

Prior to joining NETSCOUT, Hardik was Vice President Threat Research at a network security vendor. He has nearly 20 years of experience in networks, product design and security research. He is a frequent author of blogs and speaker at security events.

Hardik holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Gujarat University, India.

Applications landscape transitions are forcing enterprises to reevaluate their networking and security architectures. Traditional do-it-yourself solutions simply do not measure up to the business needs of the modern enterprises where applications are distributed across on-premise, cloud, multi-cloud and edge environments. Join Atif Khan, Founder and CTO of Alkira to discuss now Alkira Network Cloud drives the network evolution for the cloud era and allow enterprises to move at the speed of cloud.
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As enterprises of all sizes rapidly adopt SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) deployment models in the branch, traffic steering, routing, and processing takes place in an increasingly distributed fashion. This makes it challenging to diagnose functional and performance issues with the existing tools available to network administrators. Come to this session to learn how SASE will optimize branch networking and how VMware Edge Network Intelligence can use AIops best practices to gain actionable insights into branch and cloud network operation.
Speakers:
Director, Technical Product Management
VMware

Tim Van Herck is the Director of Technical Product Management at VeloCloud, now part of VMware. He has over 15 years of experience in networking, currently leading his team in strategy and development for training, content, and sales support. Prior to joining VMware, Tim held notable positions with Aryaka Networks, Cisco Systems, and Alcatel/Nokia. He has a Masters in Computer Science from Hogeschool Antwerpen.

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk about digital business transformation. But has anyone talked to you about what it actually means for your organization? Why does it matter? What does it entail and how do you start? In this video whiteboarding session, you’ll have the chance to hear from Zscaler's Global Customer Success Leader, Bill Lapp about the drivers of digital transformation, get answers to your questions, and learn how to take the first steps—or the next steps—on your journey. The session will cover a range of topics, including the Gartner SASE framework and other digital business enablers, SD-WAN and the changing branch architecture, IT simplification and cost reduction, the need to support work-from-home initiatives, the benefits of cloud-native security that supports secure, any-to-any connectivity, and much more.
Speakers:
Customer Success, Global Leader
Zscaler

As there are increasing number of events cause the performance and security degradation in today's cloud infrastructure, we should have the framework and mechanism to dynamically adapt those kinds of the situation. We believe that Elasitc Infrastructure Framework can be appliied to enable dynamic policy enforcement for cloud infrastructure. We will show the framework and mechanism to reconfigure multiple PEPs in user side, edge and application side in the case of upstream events.
Speakers:
Architect of Cloud Native Technology
Net One Systems USA Inc.

In this POC we will look at how GluwareⓇ Intelligent Network Automation can be used to automate public cloud infrastructure, in this example deploying a specific pod design in AWS. Gluware leverages the integrated Terraform adapter and providers (including public clouds like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud). Using the Config Modeling app in Gluware, see how users can build and customize the required cloud constructs using the native Terraform Resources and corresponding attributes along with the Data Sources. For the Terraform AWS provider Gluware has onboarded the full library of 644 resource types and 220 data sources. This POC will showcase how Gluware can simplify usage of the TF resources, creation of the required TF file and maintain the TF state file after provisioning. In addition to showing the provisioning of cloud resources, Gluware will also demonstrate how it can use native calls to the cloud provider and also automate 3rd party network functions, like a virtual Cisco CSR 1000v which is part of the example pod being spun up.
Speakers:
VP of Product Marketing
Gluware

With the growing complexity of the modern data center network, there are compelling requirements for network engineers to embrace automation frameworks like Ansible. Cisco offers a large set of Ansible collections for its datacenter products containing hundreds of modules but sometimes a specific use case is not covered. In this session we will show you how you can build an Ansible module for the Cisco ACI Ansible collection and how to contribute it to the ACI collection open source project (https://github.com/CiscoDevNet/ansible-aci).
Speakers:
Technical Marketing Engineer
Cisco
Business Analyst
Cisco

In this session, we’ll showcase Cisco’s recent gNMI implementation, and the ecosystem integration with Telegraf and the overall TICK stack. We’ll also highlight one way to do infrastructure as code to automatically configure an NXOS device using open source tools and how gNMI is used to stream switch telemetry.
Speakers:
Technical Marketing Engineer
Cisco

Organizations are embracing multi-cloud environments to bring simplicity and agility to the process of scaling enterprise networks. But today’s enterprise networks are often Frankenstein’s monsters of different network technologies– multi-cloud, traditional, virtual and software-defined – from dozens of vendors that support applications and users across the entire hybrid network. So how do you effectively ensure network uptime, efficient troubleshooting, change management, and documentation across these hybrid networks with disparate and siloed tools for monitoring and managing? In this POC, NetBrain discusses a platform and architecture to automate and accelerate network operations across the entire hybrid multi-cloud network to reduce MTTR and maximize network uptime.
Speakers:
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
NetBrain Technologies

Experienced technical leader providing thought leadership and technical expertise for NetBrain’s network automation solution.

Design technical collateral like white papers, reference architecture and technical assets for successful go-to-market and product launches working closely with the product team.

Establish data-driven business cases using internal and external data sources for product feature value.

Support internal business intelligence requests, including delivery of high-quality solutions to align business strategy and support key business decisions.

Develop product-based technical content collaborating with internal engineers and developers.

Deliver high-quality training material to internal technical audiences through events and webinars.

Pliant provides a secure, low code automation platform, specifically designed to allow network engineers and operations to quickly automate common network tasks.  The O&A working group is working to present a maturity model on how companies go about tackling network automation in 2021.  Recognizing that automation is not an easy task in enterprises with hybrid networks, Pliant helps companies get further up the maturity stack by taking complex programming out of the equation.  Pliant allows companies to quickly transform automation from simple task based automation to orchestration of multiple vendors using a low code interface!
Speakers:
VP Systems Engineering
Pliant.io

This demonstration will show NETSCOUT Omnis Cyber Investigator in action, showing workflows to help investigate, and identify cyberthreats present in your hybrid AWS environment, to provide details to other systems such as firewalls or IDS’s, and NETSCOUT Arbor Edge Defense technology, to block these events for ongoing protection. Additionally it will detail some examples of how Cyber Investigator fits into an existing Security Ecosystem; how it delivers it’s cyber events to third party SIEMs such as Splunk, and AWS Security Hub as well as how it provides contextual drilldown from these systems into Cyber Investigator security data, sessions, and even packets for further host analysis and investigation, no matter where the events originate.
Speakers:
Director, Product Marketing
NETSCOUT

Enterprise Networks have exploded over the Internet, forever changing the way we build and manage networks. Applications are no longer centrally located, but they are dispersed across multiple cloud platforms or offered as cloud-based services. Employees are also dispersed across different networks-- campus, home and the public Internet. Building secure and reliable connectivity between users and applications in this new environment has become a complex challenge that the networking team has been given the task of solving. Network compliance is a key component to building and maintaining a secure and reliable network and has always been top of mind for Networking teams. While managing device configuration and ensuring compliance has been a consistent challenge in CLI-based networks, these existing tools simply do not work in the world of cloud networking, where network services are not primarily driven through CLI methods but through APIs. Ensuring compliance across API-based network infrastructure is as important, if not more important, as compliance across CLI-based network devices. In order to solve this imminent challenge, a new method of ensuring compliance across the entire network is required. Itential will present a PoC that will demonstrate how its Automation Platform can be used to build Compliance standards across both CLI and API based network elements, ensure that on-prem devices and cloud-based services are operating according to the compliance standards, and automatically remediate any devices that are out of compliance using automation workflows.
Speakers:
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
Itential

IT operations teams are being asked to maintain increasingly complex systems using increasingly outdated tools and networking. That’s where AIOps comes in: Applying analytics and machine learning to automate and improve IT operations. Using VMware Edge Network Intelligence for AIOps addresses the ONUG use cases of private and public cloud, SAAS and applications, and content. This session will examine a multi-vendor approach from a branch perspective. We will demonstrate a Windows client accessing a Zoom application, using a MIST AP and a VMware SD-WAN Edge. Come to this session to learn how VMware SD-WAN facilitates correlation, baselining, and automatic detection of anomalies and drives towards problem resolution, recommendations, and eventually remediation.
Speakers:
Sr. Technical Product Manager
VMware

Learn how easy low-latency multi-cloud Kafka can be, or that it even existed! Join Keith Burns from PacketFabric as we demonstrate a simple experiment showing the impact of network latency on transactional workloads, such as this toy AWS to Azure Kafka Data Pipeline demo on PacketFabric's Cloud Router.
Speakers:
Technical Marketing
PacketFabric

Speakers:
Head of Product Management
Alkira

In this ONUG Academy session with Itential, we will discuss the importance of network compliance, the difficulties that are often encountered with achieving compliance in traditional networks, and the additional challenges with establishing compliance in an environment where networking has expanded into multiple clouds and cloud-based services.  This session will explain why networking teams should use APIs for cloud networking services for compliance and demonstrate how Itential can combine Network Automation with Configuration, Remediation and Validation to deliver compliance across both traditional, CLI-based and modern, API-based network infrastructure.

Topics covered in this session:

  • The importance of network compliance to your organization
  • The challenges of compliance with CLI-based networking
  • The new challenges with compliance in Multi-Cloud networking
  • The advantages of Automating Compliance across the entire network

Who should attend:

Network Practitioners and IT Managers in an Enterprise organization who are responsible for building and ensuring the most secure and resilient networks possible but need real solutions for delivering on that goal across both traditional networking and cloud-based networking services.

Speakers:
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
Itential

To build performant network orchestration, analytics, or operations tools, we need a high thruput, reliable, distributed event streaming platform. We use Apache Kafka for that purpose as it is an excellent tool for event processing. Unfortunately, Kafka is not built for true autonomous operations as critical operational / recovery steps still need manual intervention. This session will review our journey in reducing that exposure and in making Kafka secure and autonomous.
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Director, Software Development
Cisco

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about digital business transformation, but has anyone talked to you about what it means for your organization? Why does it matter? What does it entail, and how do you start? In this video whiteboarding session, you’ll have the chance to hear from Zscaler's Global Customer Success Leader, Brian Deitch, about the drivers of digital transformation, get answers to your questions, and learn how to take the first steps—or the next steps—on your journey. The session will cover a range of topics, including the Gartner SASE framework, SD-WAN, the changing branch architecture, IT simplification and cost reduction, the need to support work-from-home initiatives, and the benefits of cloud-native security that supports secure, any-to-any connectivity, and more.
Speakers:
Solutions Architect
Zscaler

Network Automation is a key component of closed-loop automation, but it is not complete without the proper safeguards provided by Network Verification. In this open session, join Itential’s Senior Solution Architect, Mike Elrom and Forward Networks Director of Technical Marketing, Fabrizio Maccioni as they discuss the benefits of organizations combining automaton with visualization and predictive capabilities to automate complex, business-critical changes within hybrid, multi-cloud networks. During this session they will also demo the technology integrations of Itential’s Automation Platform with Forward Networks platform that assures network operators that any changes made in the network had the intended effect and that no unexpected behaviors were introduced when automating network changes.  
Speakers:
Senior Solution Architect
Itential
Director of Technical Marketing
Forward Networks

Advances in Software-Defined Networks (SDN) make it possible to treat the network as a programmable platform: Programmable both top-to-bottom (including the forwarding plane) and end-to-end (including the access network). This talk discusses how this programmability can be used to support verifiable closed-loop control, including throughout 5G mobile networks. The talk also describes our experiences building an open source 5G-enabled edge cloud that demonstrates the value of treating the network as a programmable platform. A pilot deployment is now running in campuses and enterprises around the world, and available for others interested in deep programmability to join.
Speakers:
CTO
Open Networking Foundation

Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University, where he served as Chair from 2003-2009. He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (6e), which is now available as open source on GitHub. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and operation of Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms. He is currently working on a pilot 5G-enabled edge cloud, called Aether, an open source project of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), where he serves CTO.

Professor Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research

I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in the Mobility and Networking group. I got my PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 working with my advisors Prof. Boon Thau Loo and Prof. Roch Guerin. I completed my dual masters degree in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the same year. I completed my B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2010. My work mainly focuses on automated network management and data center networking.

Our invited panel, researchers from academia and industry, will examine and discuss the viability of AI techniques, especially Machine Learning (ML) in automating network management. We discuss how ML can help operators in situations in which a network must detect and recover rapidly from failures and attacks as well as in managing large networks that require frequent reconfiguration (e.g., a public or private cloud data center. We also discuss whether operators from the industry find the risk of running ML for such operations acceptable and what guarantees they will need to see before using these solutions in practice.
Speakers:
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research

I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in the Mobility and Networking group. I got my PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 working with my advisors Prof. Boon Thau Loo and Prof. Roch Guerin. I completed my dual masters degree in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the same year. I completed my B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2010. My work mainly focuses on automated network management and data center networking.

Principal Software Engineer
Google

Jeff Mogul works on fast, cheap, reliable, and flexible networking infrastructure for Google. Until 2013, he was Fellow at HP Labs, doing research primarily on computer networks and operating systems issues for enterprise and cloud computer systems; previously, he worked at the DEC/Compaq Western Research Lab. He received his PhD from Stanford in 1986, an MS from Stanford in 1980, and an SB from MIT in 1979. He is an ACM Fellow. Jeff is the author or co-author of several Internet Standards; he contributed extensively to the HTTP/1.1 specification. He was an associate editor of Internetworking: Research and Experience, and has been the chair or co-chair of a variety of conferences and workshops, including SIGCOMM, OSDI, NSDI, USENIX, HotOS, and ANCS

Neubauer Professor
University of Chicago

Nick Feamster is Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was a full professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, where he directed the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP); prior to Princeton, he was a full professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech.

His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. He was an early-stage employee at Looksmart (acquired by AltaVista), where he wrote the company’s first web crawler; and at Damballa, where he helped design the company’s first botnet-detection algorithm.

Nick is an ACM Fellow. He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His other honors include the Technology Review 35 “Top Young Innovators Under 35” award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize, and award papers at ACM SIGCOMM (network-level behavior of spammers), the SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (measuring Web performance bottlenecks), and award papers at USENIX Security (circumventing web censorship using Infranet, web cookie analysis) and USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation (fault detection in router configuration, software-defined networking). His seminal work on the Routing Control Platform won the USENIX Test of Time Award for its influence on Software Defined Networking.

Principal Engineering Manager
Microsoft

Both public and private cloud data centers used Software Defined Networking (SDN) to configure and manage their networks. The technology uses software known as an SDN Controller to accepts requests from management applications and configure network switches with forwarding rules to implement each request. One controller, the Network Operating System (ONOS) from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has emerged as a leader. This talk, from an eminent Computer Scientist, describes ONF's forward-looking design for the next generation of ONOS. It explains how functionality will be disaggregated into microservices. the motivation behind the change. and the advantages of the disaggregated approach.
Speakers:
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research

I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in the Mobility and Networking group. I got my PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 working with my advisors Prof. Boon Thau Loo and Prof. Roch Guerin. I completed my dual masters degree in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the same year. I completed my B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2010. My work mainly focuses on automated network management and data center networking.

ONOS Chief Architect
Open Networking Foundation

Thomas Vachuska is the Chief Architect for ONOS and actively contributes to the ONOS codebase. He has a solid background in software architecture of distributed systems and modular object-oriented design. He was previously at HP where he architected, designed and helped develop distributed software systems for a variety of domains.

Two emerging wireless technologies -- 5G wireless and Wi-Fi -- both promise to extend wireless connectivity and capabilities. Researchers in industry and academia are working to find new ways to the technologies an be used to provide always-on, instant-access, low-latency responsive computing. In this session, presenters review the overall goal and report on some of the progress being made to achieve it.
Speakers:
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research

I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research in the Mobility and Networking group. I got my PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 working with my advisors Prof. Boon Thau Loo and Prof. Roch Guerin. I completed my dual masters degree in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the same year. I completed my B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in 2010. My work mainly focuses on automated network management and data center networking.

Managing Director, Research for Industry, Head of Networking Research, MSR
Microsoft Corporation

Ranveer Chandra is the CTO of Agri-Food, Managing Director of Research for Industry, and head of Networking Research at Microsoft. Ranveer’s research has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including XBOX, Azure, Windows, and Visual Studio. He designed the wireless controller protocol for the XBOX, which is being used by over 50 million controllers. He started the FarmBeats project in 2015, which shipped as a Microsoft product in 2019, and has led to partnerships with multiple large agri-food companies. Bill Gates featured his work on FarmBeats on GatesNotes, and he has been invited to present on FarmBeats to the Secretary of Agriculture, and on TV White Spaces to the FCC Chairman. Ranveer has published over 100 research papers and has over 125 patents granted by the USPTO. He is an IEEE Fellow, and has won several awards, including best paper awards in computer science conferences and the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35 award in 2010. Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur whose insights have made an immeasurable impact on the emerging smart textiles market. Prior to Flex, Ben founded IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging area of smart textiles, apparel and footwear. Before that, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center where he led research and testing initiatives for the North Face, Timberland and Vans.

Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded the “smart” infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile product space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led many fast-paced multi-million-dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Systemic change occurred rapidly last year with the largest one being the need for all brands in all industry sectors to become digital to survive and thrive. As a result, digital transformation transcended IT organizations to the executive suites and in the process, flexible IT platforms like cloud computing transformed IT to a business platform.  With this transformation comes great opportunity and responsibility for executives and technologists who will use it to service customers, partners and suppliers digitally. In this ONUG keynote, Nick Lippis and Ernest Lefner discuss how IT is now unvarnished, not only as a full participant in business value delivery, but responsible for results and outcomes.  This is a sea change in IT’s evolutionary business role.  You don’t want to miss this ONUG opener. 
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Global Security Engineering Leader
Cigna

Every corporation is building their own security data consumption systems of significant size, complexity, cost and staffing to answer specific security and governance control related questions.   These systems are typically called a Security Data Lake with the goal of ingesting curated events from across CSP’s and on-prem devices; then enriching, filtering, applying ML and retaining this data for short to medium term.  The ONUG Collaborative,  feels strongly of the importance of partnering with CSPs in creating a standardized security information model (and related outputs).   During this session this panel will describe what we learned about security data lakes and how a standardized security information model will help reduce complexity and cognitive load that so many ONUG members experience in the support of disparate security alert message types allowing security teams to focus on the events that are most important.
Speakers:
Director IT
FedEx
Principal Program / Product Manager
Microsoft
Product Manager
Google
Architect, Engineer, Leader, Master Inventor
IBM

There is a wall of worry descending upon every large enterprise.   As their public cloud  consumption increases so too does the volume of security alerts, notifications, events etc.  There are no common definitions of similar cloud security notifications, driving up tool and personal bloat.  There is no cloud loop feedback between cloud providers and their tenants for GRC (Governance, Risk and Controls).  This notification crisis increased the gaps between CSPs to the point where their tenants do not have minimal viable security posture.  There needs to be common language, definition and syntax for CSPs to send security notifications to their customers.  This is the problem that the ONUG Collaborative is tackling in the Cloud Security Notification Framework or CSNF.  In this session hear from ONUG Collaborative Steering Committee members on CSNF and its market adoption progress.
Speakers:
CEO & Co-Founder
Concourse Labs

Don is an accomplished leader in successfully developing and executing business and technology strategy.

Don is co-founder and CEO of Concourse, an emerging leader in public cloud management and governance services, as well as a Senior Advisor at McKinsey Corporation.

Don spent 28 years at Goldman Sachs, during which time he held senior leadership roles in Technology in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Don led the global technology division for Goldman from 2012 to 2016 and was named a partner of the firm in 2006 and Managing Director in 2000. Don was the CIO for Asia Pacific from 2001 to 2006 and served on the Asia management committee. Since relocating to the US in 2006, Don co-chaired the IBD Technology Investment Committee and was a member of the firm’s Firmwide Risk, Market Risk and Business Standards committee.

Don played an integral role in creating Goldman’s business systems architecture, algorithmic trading and risk management platform as well as leading strategic firm wide investments in VDI, Data architecture, AI and Cloud / Software Defined Infrastructure. He also created and led the teams responsible for the development of Symphony and Orbit which were subsequently spun out of the firm as broader industry platforms.

Within the technology industry, Don has been an active and vocal proponent of Open Source and Open Standards communities including acting as a founding board member of the Open Compute Project.

Don and his family reside in New York City where he is actively engaged in education and arts, serving on the board of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Marist College board of trustees and Teaching Matters.

Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development
Microsoft

Ann Johnson is Corporate Vice President of SCI Business Development at Microsoft. She oversees the investment and strategic partner strategy roadmap for security, compliance, and identity for one of the largest tech companies on our planet to help organizations become operationally resilient on their digital transformation journey and unlock capabilities of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and next generation AI. She is a member of the board of advisors for FS-ISAC (The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center), an advisory board member for EWF (Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy), and an advisory board member for HYPR Corp. Ann recently joined the board of advisors for Cybersecurity Ventures. For more about Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions, visit the Microsoft Security Site, or follow Microsoft Security on Twitter at Msft Security Twitter or Msft WDSecurity Twitter. You can also hear her talk with some of the biggest influencers in cybersecurity each week on Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson.

Chief Technology Officer, Digital
Raytheon Technologies

Chief Technology Officer, Digital, at Raytheon Technologies (RTX), responsible for the technical interests of the company’s Enterprise Services including the implementation of RTX’s technology strategy and vision, and the integrity of the company’s infrastructure and resources.

Previously responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of the company’s assets and its customers’ assets globally.

Experienced keynote / public speaker at Information Security events, and contributor to Information Security publications, such as:

  • secureCISO New York
  • RSA panelist
  • CISO Executive Summits
  • NEACS Cyber Security Summit
  • Feats of Strength Magazine
  • Security Current
  • FBI Academy
  • PC Magazine Desk-side Briefing
  • SC Magazine Congress
  • FS-ISAC Summits
  • BITS Working Group Meetings
  • BITS Emerging Payments Forum
  • Retail Forum
  • Shark Tank at RSA – 2016 and 2017
  • RSA Keynotes
  • Profiles in Confidence
  • Conversations with a CISO
  • Risk Committee Meetings
  • Board Meetings
  • OCC Meetings
  • Best Practice Seminars
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Google Cloud
Phil is the Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Google Cloud where he oversees a team of security industry experts and leaders in the Google Cloud Office of the CISO. As CISO of Google Cloud, Phil is focused on ensuring the company’s security and compliance, and engaging customers, partners and stakeholders on security and risk matters.
Prior to joining Google Cloud, Phil was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he held multiple roles over a long career, initially as their first Chief Information Security Officer, a role he held for 17 years. In subsequent roles he was Chief Risk Officer for the firm’s operational risks, an operating partner in their private equity business and a senior advisor to the firm’s clients and executive leadership on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience. In addition to this, Phil was a Board Director of Goldman Sachs Bank (USA).
Before Goldman Sachs, Phil held multiple Chief Information Security Officer as well as senior engineering roles across a range of finance, energy and technology companies.
Outside of Google, Phil serves on the boards of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the NYU Stern Business School Volatility and Risk Institute. He also serves on the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board of NIST and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen’s College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.
VP & CISO
IBM Public Cloud

I am an experienced IT leader who is passionate about information security. My experience and work involve developing innovative programs to cost effectively address IT security risk for enterprises.

I am also the founder and co-host of the Defensive Security Podcast, intended to help information security professionals grow and learn from publicly disclosed security breaches in order to better defend their own organizations.

IT is now responsible for digital business outcomes being measured on results and outcomes.  This is a huge shift from the days when IT delivered productivity gains as its core business value.  How is this transformation occurring and what are the operating models for IT’s role as digital business architects and delivery.  In this keynote discussion, Sigal Zarmi of Morgan Stanley shares her insights of operating models that put digital technologies (cloud, AI, 5G, automation) to use delivering digital solutions for Morgan Stanley’s ecosystem of customers, partners, employees and suppliers.  She will share lessons learned and how IT’s role is forever changed in the enterprise cloud era.  
Speakers:
International CIO & Head of Transformation
Morgan Stanley

Sigal Zarmi is a Managing Director, International CIO and the global Head of
Transformation at Morgan Stanley. In this dual capacity, she is driving the firm’s
innovation agenda through emerging technologies, unlocking technology-fueled
sources of value across the business and modernizing the digital experience for our
clients and employees.
• As International CIO, she manages our diverse global Technology footprint including
the Technology teams in the Global In-house Centers (GICs). She leverages her
transformational capacity to optimize our organization, functions and platform to
thrive in a continually evolving economic and market climate.
• Sigal is a member of the Technology Operating Committee and the EMEA Operating
Committee.
• Sigal joined Morgan Stanley in 2018 from PwC where she led a global network
transformation as Vice Chairman and CIO. Before that, Sigal was the CIO of GE
Capital Americas, where she spent 18 years in various technology and operations
leadership positions. She began her career as a developer at Motorola.
• She holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City and a B.S. in
Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
• Sigal is a senior advisor to multiple technology and cyber companies, start-ups and
VCs. She is a passionate advocate for women in technology providing mentorship to
aspiring entrepreneurs and technologists, among other community commitments.
She was inducted into CIO Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2021 for her contributions.

Head of Enterprise Technology Services (Infrastructure)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tsvi has over 25 years of technology and operations experience mostly in financial services, media and telecom and is known across the industry for his technology leadership, innovation and business acumen.

As CTO of Morgan Stanley’s shared services (infrastructure & data) since early 2012, Tsvi has been responsible for transforming the bank into a modern, efficient and effective organization.

He is leading the divisional Agile & DevOps transformation and the changes to the ways of work in technology, workforce strategy and front-to-back initiative.

He also completed a hundreds of million net cost reduction initiative while productivity and satisfaction improved.

Working collaboratively with the leaders of business technology, Tsvi led the creation and implementation of Morgan Stanley’s multi-year strategy and target state architecture along with the standards, guidelines, blueprints and use patterns that made it actionable to the engineering and development communities, broke the silo mentality and aggressively reduced technology debt.

Tsvi’s work helped position the bank as a leader in algorithmic trading/ ultra-low latency, migration to public cloud and containers, AI & machine learning, cyber security, mainframe optimization, data center consolidation, modern client experience, global network and near-fault tolerant operations.

Tsvi also oversaw the governance and regulatory compliance work with internal and external auditors and examiners.

Tsvi is the winner of the Einstein Award for technology excellence and known as a provider of strategic thought leadership and excellence in execution and transformation.
His experience ranges from traditional (server, storage, networks, operations, mainframes) to modern (public and private cloud, containers, cyber security) infrastructure as well as application development and Agile/DevOps transformation, with the focus on creating business value.

Greatest achievements are rooted from understanding and enabling the business to deliver both existing and new offerings in a combination of efficiency (cost), delivery focus (execution) and future-proofing (innovation).

2021 is a planning year. It’s about being reflective on the decisions that were made during the pandemic and choosing which ones to operationalize. Many corporations will be exiting public cloud experiments, or proofs of concept, in 2021 and moving into production. This sums up 2021: it’s to get ready for 2022, the year of the great enterprise cloud scale up. But to scale you need to operationalize and automate.  In this ONUG C-level roundtable learn what decisions made in 2020 will be operationalized to scale and how.
Speakers:
Managing Director
Accenture

As a Managing Director in Accenture’s Boston Office, Theo helps to lead its Technology Strategy & Advisory Services across North America. Theo’s client work focuses on partnering with C-level executives on their digital transformation strategies including digital technology roadmaps for cloud migrations, re-imagining user experiences for the digital economy, architecting enterprise scale deployments of automation and machine learning solutions to drive operational excellence, and helping to lead disruptive management for blue chip companies. Theo works closely with clients to realize their bottom and topline goals through the strategic deployment of technology to drive new forms of economic and customer value. 

Senior Vice President - Chief Architect
Fannie Mae

Linda Tai reports to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Tai leads the development and execution of the Fannie Mae business architecture strategy and production processes that aligns with our enterprise mission and overall corporate strategy. Her work will ensure that our digital transformation plans, processes, and systems deliver the insights we need to be a more innovative organization, support our customers and partners, and drive digital transformation throughout housing finance.

SVP, Head of Infrastructure
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

Accomplished IT executive building/leading high-performance teams with a reputation of broad industry influence. Track record of leading cloud transformation, modernizing data analytics, implementing machine learning, tireless prompter of open source and executing scaled agile with significant P&L responsibility.

CTO
Koch Business Solutions (a unit of Koch Industries)

Matt has been with Koch for over 20 years serving in various technology related roles. In his role as an Enterprise Architect, he has overseen significant technology transformation efforts such as the global SD-WAN deployment, improvement of bandwidth and internet access for hundreds of locations around the world, and developing and executing strategies for cloud on-ramps to support the broad move to adopt cloud services, modernize applications, and develop digital products and services across the enterprise.

It used to be that you had to beg and plead to get telemetry feeds from your infrastructure, your applications, frankly anything. Now EVERYTHING has a telemetry feed, sometimes it’s even in an ‘open’ format. You’re drowning in data, correlation is uncorrelated, and it’s just sitting in S3 buckets making Jeff happy, but no-one else. We’ll be talking with Truman Boyes from Major League Baseball about strategies on how to correlate telemetry, what telemetry is actually useful, and more importantly, how to extract meaningful intelligence about your applications and infrastructure estate from the sea that is threatening to swamp you.
Speakers:
Chief Architect
Cloud at Cisco
SVP Infrastructure
MLB
Distinguished Engineer – Product Infrastructure
Intuit

Bruce Pinsky is a Distinguished Engineer in the Product Infrastructure and Reliability Engineering team at Intuit, Inc. with over 25 years of network experience. Mr. Pinsky leads the development of vision and strategy for the network supporting Intuit’s SaaS platform for products such as TurboTax Online and QuickBooks Online.

Mr. Pinsky is a Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) and is one of the earliest CCIEs (#1045) and CCDEs (#2007::0003).

Mr. Pinsky is co-author of the book Cisco Router Configuration: A Practical Introduction to Cisco IOS Configuration, 1st and 2nd edition and co-inventor of U.S. Patents 6,130,890, 6,870,851, 7,623,528, and 7,969,992, A Method and system for optimizing routing of data packets and U.S. Patent 7,733,798, Evaluation of network data aggregation.

Speakers:
Head of Sales
Alkira

Danielle Kramer heads the sales organization for Alkira, Inc. She has 26 years of sales and leadership experience in the networking industry with an emphasis on developing and executing sales strategies for disruptive technologies such as SD-WAN and Unified Communications, Danielle directed the West Region at Viptela and held myriad individual contributor roles at Cisco since1998, where she consistently ranked in the top 5% of sellers. Danielle earned her BA in History from William Smith College, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has been published in the NY Times.

The stock market has seen records after records, but while the Dow is way up during the pandemic, not all enterprise tech companies have enjoyed the upward ride. Cloud providers have gained of course, but legacy tech not so much. If a company’s stock price reflects its customer’s sentiment on its future prospectus then enterprise IT is restructuring for the digital enterprise. In this panel, we discuss the new landscape of enterprise IT suppliers that are helping IT organizations build, run and secure their digital enterprises. 
Speakers:
Managing Director
Cowen & Company

Paul Silverstein is a managing director and senior research analyst and covers telecom & networking equipment. Prior to joining Cowen in 2013, Mr. Silverstein was a director in Credit Suisse’s equity research department, covering the communications infrastructure industry. Before that, he was a senior analyst in equity research at Robertson Stephens and at Needham & Co. Prior to becoming a securities analyst, Mr. Silverstein practiced corporate and securities law as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a JD from Cornell Law School.

Partner
Lightspeed Venture Partners

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers – the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…”.

Guru loves these lines from that classic Apple Ad because he believes few things better describe those with the singular goal to create market-leading platforms with outsized impact.

After his last startup was acquired (Nuova Systems acquired by Cisco), Guru joined Lightspeed as an investor in 2012 working with the partnership on investments in Zscaler (IPO), Avere Systems (acquired by Microsoft) and finally Avi Networks (acquired VMware).

Guru believed the core idea behind Avi Networks was so powerful that he joined the founding team as the 4th co-founder. In just a few years, they built out the business from an idea to a platform that served over 20% of Fortune 50 businesses, among hundreds of other customers. Avi Networks was acquired by VMware in 2019. 

After his entrepreneurial journey, Guru decided to focus his time and energy back on venture and returned to his Lightspeed roots, using the lessons from his founding experience to help early-stage founders.

“I’ve been in startups through most of my career. My operational experience spans sitting in a room with my co-founders and not much else, to building billion dollar run rate products,” said Guru. “During this journey, I’ve run product management, marketing, strategy, and have even been the early stage sales rep cold-calling customers. I bring this experience to every interaction I have with founding teams – a deep understanding of technology and how to monetize it.”

Guru primarily invests in Enterprise sectors such as security, DevOps, observability/ops tools, cloud infrastructure and application development. “These areas are seeing extremely rapid innovation and offer significant value creation opportunities for both entrepreneurs and investors,” said Guru.

Principal
AO Asset Management

Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, CFA is a Principal at AO Asset Management.  Subu has over 15 years of equity research experience in the technology sector and focuses on hardware, semiconductor and security sectors at AO.  Prior to joining AO, Subu spent 12 years at The Juda Group as an equity research analyst covering the communications equipment and network security and before that was lead analyst for networking at Goldman Sachs.  Subu has been featured on the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street Analyst List, and ranked in the Institutional Investor polls. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Madras University in India.

 

Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Rod is the senior equity analyst for the Hardware and Communications Technology sector in Global Investment Research. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Rod was the senior analyst for IT Hardware and Networking Technology at JP Morgan in
North America. Previously, he covered Communications Technology stocks for JP Morgan based in London. Earlier in his career, Rod covered Telecom and Cable stocks in Europe at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and prior to that, he was employed in both technical and managerial positions at AT&T in both the US and France. Rod earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA with a focus in finance at INSEAD. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

2020 brought unprecedented expansion of cloud consumption, thanks to remote workforce infrastructure build out. However, traditional access models (virtual desktop, VPN, MPLS etc) ruled for the growth of edge services, especially in support of employees working from home. What is the future of edge services? Will virtual desktop, VPNs give way to zero-trust, 5G and cloud edge services?
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

VP Enterprise Network & Communications Services
FedEx

Preetha Vijayakumar is Vice President of Data Center, Network and Collaboration Services in FedEx Services.  She joined FedEx in 2001 as a Technical Analyst, focusing on the management of all Internet facing systems.  In 2013, she entered into management and assumed leadership roles including Manager and Managing Director responsible for the creation and management of platform architecture solutions for providing platform automation across the FedEx enterprise and spearheading FedEx’s cloud native migration journey.

VP, Distributed Infrastructure Services
USAA

Michael Parks is the Vice President for Distributed Infrastructure
Services and the Regional Vice President for all Dallas Campuses at
USAA. He is responsible for Data Center Management, Data Networks,
Servers, Storage, and Public Cloud infrastructure COE. Michael joined
USAA in 2019 and has over 25 years of experience in IT Enterprise
Infrastructure.

Currently he is leading the efforts to modernize USAA datacenters into a private cloud
capability, refresh campus-based infrastructure with automated controls for compliancy,
and to launch the infrastructure center of excellence for public cloud readiness through
automated safe landed coded services. He also spearheaded the expansion of the Velo
cloud platform, and associated internet circuit infrastructure that enabled the rapid
expansion of all USAA employees to WFH format.

Prior to USAA Michael led the AIG Fort Worth site campus of 750+ employees. Michael’s
specific role was VP of Data Network, Network Security, Collaboration, Call Center
Services, Data Center Services, and Workplace Services. Under his leadership at AIG, a
global enterprise wide re-architecture and re-platform of all the data network, security,
voice, and video platforms was completed. Prior to AIG, Michael lead similar large global
infrastructure transformations at General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jamye, his three daughters, and
two grandsons. Michael is an avid competitor in Ironman competitions. He has completed
five of the six events he has participated in!

Director Global Network Services
CSL Behring
President, CEO and Founder
Alkira

Amir Khan is a computer networking visionary who founded and led Viptela’s market-leading, cloud-first, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) business before the acquisition by Cisco. As prescient as he was in identifying the $8B opportunity for SD-WAN, Amir recognized that network hampered the cloud journey and founded Alkira in 2018 with Atif Khan to reinvent networking for the cloud era. Amir’s vision is to deliver the cloud network as a utility. As CEO/Founder, he has led Alkira’s delivery of the industry’s first on-demand, as-a-service, point and click, unified multi-cloud networking service that enables cloud architects to design, build, and deploy a global multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira enables enterprises to implement 50% less firewall capacity, and reduce TCO by up to 40%. Before Viptela, Amir held leadership roles at Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. He holds 4 patents. Amir earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

There is a tragic mis-match between the hundreds of millions of dollars IT organizations spend to gather and store data versus minuscule investments by the business functions to monetize that data.  And if data is the new oil - the source for economic growth in the 21st century - then both IT and business organizations must collaborate more closely to monetize the organization's bounty of untapped data; to uncover the customer, product, services, and operational insights buried in the data. Modern cloud-centric, digital organizations are in the unique position to leverage this wealth of data to enable organizations to optimize key business and operational processes, mitigate compliance and regulatory risk, uncover new revenue streams, and create a more compelling, differentiated customer experience.

This presentation will provide a roadmap for not only helping organizations to understand how they compare to industry best practices vis-a-vis data monetization, but also provide a guide with economics-based methods to help organizations to start mastering the art of data monetization today!

Speakers:
Data Science and Data Monetization Strategic Advisor

Bill is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Hitachi Vantara where he was responsible
for driving Hitachi Vantara’s Data Science and “co-creation” efforts. He was selected for
Hitachi Limited’s 2020 Solution Innovation Award for his ground-breaking work in data
science and Automated Machine Learning.

Bill also has served as CTO at Dell EMC where he formulated the company’s Big Data
Practice strategy, identified target markets, developed solution frameworks and led
Analytics client engagements with his Vision Workshop, a methodology that links an
organization’s strategic business initiatives with supporting data and analytics. As the VP
of Analytics at Yahoo, Bill delivered the analytics tools and applications that optimized
customers’ online marketing spend.

He is the author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and “Big
Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science;” and his most recent book
“The Economics of Data, Analytics, and Digital Transformation”. He is a University of San
Francisco School of Management (SOM) Executive Fellow, Honorary Professor at the
School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland-Galway, and
Adjunct Professor at Menlo College.

Bill holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Iowa and a Bachelor
of Science degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration from
Coe College.

Follow Bill on Twitter @ schmarzo and LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/schmarzo .

Industries and organizations today are looking to deliver better software faster. For many software teams, however, the challenges of realizing this result exist outside of the technology involved. Getting to the result requires lining up to take the shot and tuning our parameters to work for our delivery teams. This session will discuss the DevOps’ fundamentals for capturing delivery success, developing from the negatives, and focusing on what’s important. Pictures are worth a thousand words. CI/CD Pipelines don’t have to be.
Speakers:
Technical Evangelist
Harness
Tiffany Jachja is a technical evangelist at Harness. She is an advocate for better software delivery, sharing applicable practices, stories, and content around modern technologies. Before joining Harness, Tiffany was a consultant with Red Hat’s Consulting practice. There she used her experience to help customers build their software applications living in the cloud.

Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur whose insights have made an immeasurable impact on the emerging smart textiles market. Prior to Flex, Ben founded IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging area of smart textiles, apparel and footwear. Before that, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center where he led research and testing initiatives for the North Face, Timberland and Vans.

Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded the “smart” infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile product space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led many fast-paced multi-million-dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur whose insights have made an immeasurable impact on the emerging smart textiles market. Prior to Flex, Ben founded IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging area of smart textiles, apparel and footwear. Before that, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center where he led research and testing initiatives for the North Face, Timberland and Vans.

Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded the “smart” infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile product space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led many fast-paced multi-million-dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Elastic network infrastructure is essential for many digital transformation initiatives such as cloud migration, work from anywhere, and pervasive zero-trust security. But, how do you get there? IT teams today are burdened by technical debt, piles of legacy products, and mounting pressures on skills and resources. In short, today’s networks are rigid, constrained, and expensive. In this session, Cato Networks’ Yishay Yovel talks with Vitesco Technologies, a division of Continental AG, about their journey to migrate off their legacy network to a converged, global SASE platform. Vitesco's project team will share their insights on how SASE addressed key scalability, availability, and resiliency requirements and how Vitesco gradually deployed Cato SASE as its new elastic network infrastructure.
Speakers:
Chief Marketing Officer
Cato Networks

Yishay Yovel is Cato Networks’ Chief Marketing Officer. Yishay has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product management for enterprise software companies and cloud-based services in the areas of networking, security, and mobility.

According to the business press and industry industry buzz, advanced cloud services that use AI and ML have engendered a digital transformation that is elevating IT from a service organization into a central part of all business activity. It seems that every corporation is moving business processes to the cloud en masse. Business continuity planning forms a key use case. But is it really true? Detractors claim that many large corporations still only have 10-15% of their workloads in the public cloud, and argue that corporations do not have the controls in place needed to govern and secure workloads in the cloud they way they can in their private data centers. Which view is correct? In this great debate Johna Till Johnson will argue that migration to the public cloud is both rapid and inevitable, while Greg Ferro will argue that corporations should be cautious and move slowly. Dr. Douglas Comer, Distinguished Professor at Purdue University will moderate and help us navigate this industry debate.

Speakers:
CEO and Founder
Nemertes Research

Johna Till Johnson is CEO and Founder of Nemertes Research, where she sets research direction and works with strategic clients. Under her leadership, Nemertes has emerged as a leading trusted advisor to Fortune-50 and other world-class organizations. A widely regarded expert, Ms. Johnson currently serves as the content committee chair at the Wall St. Technology Association (WSTA), which provides technology guidance to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial services firms. She regularly speaks at industry trade shows, conferences, and seminars, including Nemertes Navigator360, IDG’s FutureIT, ISC, and (WSTA). She writes regular columns on cybersecurity and IoT for TechTarget. Prior to founding Nemertes in 2002, Ms. Johnson served as chief technology officer (CTO) at Greenwich Technology Partners, a global consulting and engineering firm. Prior to that, she led the Global Networking Strategies Service business unit of META Group. Prior to that, as Senior Technology Editor she oversaw the lab-testing program at Data Communications magazine, providing testing and assessment of up to 16 emerging technologies per year. She also has designed and developed security, speech-synthesis, and free-space laser products at companies including Mosler Security Systems and Digitus Corp. Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering/computer science (BSEE/CS) from The Johns Hopkins University, has conducted graduate work in nuclear and particle physics at the University of Rochester, speaks three languages, and has published a science fiction novel. She is an avid urban kayaker and novice woodworker and candymaker.

Co-Founder
Packet Pushers Interactive LLC
Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Dr. Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies.

Dr. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Dr. Comer’s books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries.

Dr. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software – Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Business processes continue to digitize and transform, driven by a new wave of "modern" applications and more recently by global conditions.  User experience, security and end-to-end visibility have never been more front and center.  This, along with the new application capabilities enabled by microservices and containers, is creating a fundamental shift -- or extension -- of cloud architecture to embrace the edge and get workloads closer to users.  In this fireside chat, we will discuss the shifts in application and cloud architectures towards the edge, aka Edge 2.0, and the business value potential and execution challenges it can create.
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

EVP and Chief Technology Officer
F5

Geng Lin is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at F5. He is responsible for leading
technology strategy, product evolution, and critical innovations for the company.
Lin joined F5 in 2019 from JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was Managing Director, Chief Development
Officer and Head of Engineering for Consumer and Community Banking. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Lin
worked at Google as CTO of Corporate Networks and later as Head of Service Engineering for Next
Billion Users. Previously, he served as CTO of Networking Group at Dell and CTO of the Cisco-IBM
Alliance at Cisco Systems. He was also an appointed Fellow at Dell and Distinguished Engineer at
JPMorgan Chase.
Lin is an industry-leading expert in distributed systems, software-defined infrastructure, and cloud
services. He is a contributing author of two books on cloud and data-intensive computing. He has
published many technical papers and holds nine U.S. patents.
Lin received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree in
computer science from The University of British Columbia

CTO
Koch Business Solutions (a unit of Koch Industries)

Matt has been with Koch for over 20 years serving in various technology related roles. In his role as an Enterprise Architect, he has overseen significant technology transformation efforts such as the global SD-WAN deployment, improvement of bandwidth and internet access for hundreds of locations around the world, and developing and executing strategies for cloud on-ramps to support the broad move to adopt cloud services, modernize applications, and develop digital products and services across the enterprise.

Cloud infrastructure adoption has accelerated faster than many enterprise IT and cloud teams expected.  Today, the business drives which public clouds will be used - based on customer requirements, acquisitions, or simply that some business-critical apps and workloads perform better in one cloud versus another. Ready or not, a multi-cloud network that is agile and enterprise-class is now strategic to helping networking pros stay ahead of the business and supporting the apps that drive business transformation. In this session, Nick and Steve we’ll explore some of the myths, challenges and the opportunities related to enterprise multi-cloud networking and encourage the audience to  “peak around the corner” at the most common technical and organizational issues that every cloud network practitioner will ultimately run up against. Critical topics related to security, advanced networking and operational visibility will also be discussed.  Predicted to be 10 times bigger than previous computing models, the transformation to cloud infrastructure is also happening about 100x faster. Are you Ready?
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

CEO
Aviatrix

Steve Mullaney brings 30 years of marketing, product management, and engineering experience in network infrastructure and security to Aviatrix. Most recently, Steve was the CEO of Nicira Inc., a network virtualization and software-defined networking company, from 2009 until it was acquired in 2012 by VMware for $1.26 billion. Nicira invented the concept of offering software-based services running on top of networking hardware. Mullaney became the senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Networking and Security business unit following Nicira’s acquisition.

Prior to Nicira, he served as vice president, marketing, and interim CEO for Palo Alto Networks. During his tenure, Mullaney oversaw the company’s invention of the next-generation firewall market category, which helped cement Palo Alto Networks’ reputation as a thought leader and cybersecurity innovator.

Steve also held executive positions at Blue Coat, Force10, Cisco, Growth Networks, ShoreTel, Bay Networks and SynOptics, and began his career as a design engineer at GTE Government Systems. Steve holds a BSEE from the University of Rhode Island

Cloud Security Notification Framework (CSNF) is an open source cloud security reporting system that has the support of most of the CSPs. CSNF defines common definitions and syntax of cloud security events/alerts and alarms.  CSNF “decorator” these security events/logs etc so they can be ingested by a large number of tools to drive  new dashboards so security teams may assess their multi-cloud security posture. The CSNF decorator provides translation and log enrichment services to increase multi cloud security visibility and reduce SecOps toil. Its use cases are in security data lakes, SIEM and SOAR (Security Orchestration and Automated Response) security infrastructure. In this session, you will learn about CSNF and see the first CSNF decorator demonstration so you can start your own CSNF journey.
Speakers:
Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office
Red Hat

John Willis is Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, he was the Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in February 2015. Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Chef and Canonical. John was one of the earliest cloud evangelists and is considered one of the founders of the DevOps movement. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks. He is also the co-author of the “DevOps Handbook” and “Beyond the Phoenix Project” along with author Gene Kim.

Partner Architect in Cloud+AI Security team
Microsoft
Global Security Engineering Leader
Cigna
Product Manager
IBM

The Orchestration & Automation (O&A) Working Group is identifying tools that extend orchestration and automation across on- and off-prem deployments into hybrid/multi-cloud environments. During 2021, the O&A Working Group developed the playbook for IT organizations to orchestrate and automate infrastructure across multi-cloud environments.  In this session, you’ll see demonstrations of what is possible today and hear how to operationalize infrastructure automation for scale.
Speakers:
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson

Brian is a Network and Cloud Architect at McKesson, one of the oldest and largest healthcare companies in the US and currently operating in 16 countries. He is responsible for linking the needs of their businesses with infrastructure technology so they may serve their customers. This includes architecting and designing networks for McKesson’s global backbone, regional WAN’s, distribution centers, offices, clinics, and pharmacies, in addition to our private and public cloud environments. Areas of recent focus include SD-WAN, multi-cloud public cloud enablement, security for McKesson’s Operational Technology environments, and planning and implementation of our global network organization.

VP of Product Marketing
Gluware
Staff Engineer II/Network Architect
VMWare Cloud Foundation at VMware

Over the winter, the Elastic Infrastructure Working Group developed the playbook for networking in the post Covid world. With Remote Workforces (RWF) staying remote and large corporations selling campus and headquarter facilities, etc., a new set of networking requirements has emerged from data center to multi-cloud connect to home office to IoT. Zero trust security, 5G, multi-cloud networking, SASE, edge computing, network services as cloud-based overlays, etc., are all coming together to deliver a more agile and elastic infrastructure. In this session, you will receive the playbook to build your own Elastic Infrastructure and see deployable demonstrations.  
Speakers:
Principal Engineer, Wide Area Network Architecture & Software-Defined WAN
Cisco
VP of Technology
Volterra
Chief Marketing Officer
Cato Networks

Yishay Yovel is Cato Networks’ Chief Marketing Officer. Yishay has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product management for enterprise software companies and cloud-based services in the areas of networking, security, and mobility.

SVP Engineering and Product & Co-Founder
PacketFabric

Anna co-founded Prolexic Technologies, which was later acquired by Akamai for $370 million. She previously served as Product Development Manager at Terremark, and VP of Engineering at 6connect.

Over the past 12 months it’s become clear that underlay infrastructure purchase decisions have shifted away from speeds and feeds toward orchestration and automation.   Automation platforms from Gluware, Itential, VMware VCF, Cisco’s NSO plus ACI, Hashi et al are now the driving factor as to which underlay vendor to choose.   In this session we talk about this shift and how to approach underlay infrastructure plan, build and run.
Speakers:
Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson

Brian is a Network and Cloud Architect at McKesson, one of the oldest and largest healthcare companies in the US and currently operating in 16 countries. He is responsible for linking the needs of their businesses with infrastructure technology so they may serve their customers. This includes architecting and designing networks for McKesson’s global backbone, regional WAN’s, distribution centers, offices, clinics, and pharmacies, in addition to our private and public cloud environments. Areas of recent focus include SD-WAN, multi-cloud public cloud enablement, security for McKesson’s Operational Technology environments, and planning and implementation of our global network organization.

Global Head of Core and Data Center Network Architecture and Engineering
Bank of America
Architect, Practice Lead
NetCraftsmen

Over 13 years’ experience in scoping large scale projects and is a technical expert in SD-WAN technologies. He enjoys providing challenging solutions to NetCraftsmen customers. He currently holds CCIE’s in Routing & Switching, Service Provider and Data Center.

The movement to Enterprise Cloud is happening ten times faster and will be ten times bigger than client-server computing, thanks to this computing epoch is software defined and executive management driven.  As workloads and infrastructure are now software, how do you integrate lifecycle management and operations at scale?  In this roundtable discussion, ONUG board members offer their best thinking and practices, but don’t just sit there and listen; this is an interactive session, so come ready to participate and offer up your experience, observations and questions.  
Speakers:
Research VP, Network Life Cycle and Infrastructure Services
IDC

Leslie Rosenberg is Research Vice President for IDC’s Network Life Cycle and Infrastructure Services programs examining professional services trends and market dynamics for the enterprise. Ms. Rosenberg’s research coverage spans life cycle services portfolio development across network, server and storage infrastructure technologies encompassing the dynamics of software defined infrastructure, automation, service delivery platforms, new consumption models and the evolution of services impacting people, process, tools and methodologies around the globe. Ms. Rosenberg’s research evaluates services delivered by technology manufacturers, global systems integrators and telcos as they look to compete more effectively in the enterprise market.

Enterprise Cloud Architect
Fidelity Investments

Mick Currey is an Enterprise Cloud Architect championing resilient “anti-fragile” applications, cloud topologies, observability, automated governance, and automated security controls. When he learned the cloud was becoming an option for use at Fidelity, he worked with his CTO to create a new role to start working on the cloud. He has been working as an Enterprise Cloud Architect since then.

Mick’s career started as an Industrial Engineer doing computer simulations and programming robots. Programming robots was fun. However, he felt he was too technical, so he wanted to blend technical knowledge with more business and management concepts. He went back to school for an MBA in Information System. After grad school, his initial roles were in software development, AI development, and R&D architecture. Leading projects from a technical perspective led to project management and then development management. A few management roles mixed several different categories: ALM, Infrastructure (Servers, Storage and Network), Architecture, Governance, and Regulatory Compliance. Later roles included a product line manager with team members on several continents enabling development progress round the clock.

His experiences leading two drastically different hyper performing teams shaped his thinking regarding opportunities for teams to excel. (One team was a performance testing team with detailed root cause results for each two-week cycle. The second was an agile development team doing weekly iterations, 4-6 week releases to production while enjoying a less than 0.001% production bug rate per release.)

He works with several consortiums to understand, share cloud technical information and document the best practices available in the cloud.

Senior Director Network Engineering
First Republic Bank
Chief Enterprise Architect
Kellogg Company

Tom Behnke is the Chief Enterprise Architect for Kellogg Company. He has a proven track record of pushing past the status quo to deliver outstanding business outcomes by reshaping what is possible with both his direct and indirect teams. Currently, Mr. Behnke is accountable for Kellogg’s Enterprise Architecture function along with ownership of strategic IT platform and technology. As part of this, Tom is leading the work around the future ERP platform strategy that meets diverse global needs to overseeing Kellogg’s approach to next generation infrastructure and collaboration capabilities. Previously, Mr. Behnke lead the company’s infrastructure and service management functions that span global network/data communications, IT service management solutions, IT financial governance and software asset management. Mr. Behnke is helping set the vision and lead thinking around how to transform legacy infrastructure services to the cloud, while deploying next generation technology solutions along the way. Tom joined the Kellogg Company in 2015 with over 15 years of IT leadership experience in both consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to joining the Kellogg Company, Mr. Behnke served as the associate director IT for Kraft Heinz, overseeing all aspects of information technology, including network and communications infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Behnke serves as a board member for the Chicago chapter of the Society of Information Management.

What is your AIOps journey?   The ONUG AIOps Working Group developed an AIOps customer journey map, with input from the ONUG community.   You can use this map to find out where you are versus others in the use of AI to automate infrastructure operations.  During this session you will learn about the AIOps journey, where most get stuck, how best to get unstuck and a playbook which will serve as a guide to the successful AIOps project(s).   
Speakers:
Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

Director, Technical Product Management
VMware

Tim Van Herck is the Director of Technical Product Management at VeloCloud, now part of VMware. He has over 15 years of experience in networking, currently leading his team in strategy and development for training, content, and sales support. Prior to joining VMware, Tim held notable positions with Aryaka Networks, Cisco Systems, and Alcatel/Nokia. He has a Masters in Computer Science from Hogeschool Antwerpen.

VP/CTO
Mist a Juniper Company

Bob started his career in wireless at Metricom (Ricochet wireless network) developing and deploying wireless mesh networks across the country to connect the first generation of Internet browsers. Following Metricom, Bob co-founded Airespace, a start-up focused on helping enterprises manage the flood of employees bringing unlicensed Wi-Fi technology into their businesses. Following Cisco’s acquisition of Airespace in 2005, Bob became the VP/CTO of Cisco enterprise mobility and drove mobility strategy and investments in the wireless business (e.g. Navini, Cognio, ThinkSmart, Phunware, Wilocity, Meraki). He also drove industry standards such as Hot Spot 2.0 and market efforts such as Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience. He holds more than 15 patents.

 

Industry thought leaders consider DevOps practices essential to the successful delivery of software-driven business value at scale. Yet despite the significant embrace of DevOps over the past decade, many organizations struggle to move beyond the middle stages of their DevOps journey. Many find it difficult to scale DevOps beyond their initial preliminary deployment, failing to achieve the degree of enterprise lift needed to realize DevOps’ full potential. Why is this the case? What can organizations do to salvage their DevOps deployments? This session brings together a group of seasoned DevOps practitioners to take a sympathetically critical look at the state of the field today.
Speakers:
Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office
Red Hat

John Willis is Senior Director of the Global Transformation Office at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, he was the Director of Ecosystem Development for Docker, which he joined after the company he co-founded (SocketPlane, which focused on SDN for containers) was acquired by Docker in February 2015. Previous to founding SocketPlane in Fall 2014, John was the Chief DevOps Evangelist at Dell, which he joined following the Enstratius acquisition in May 2013. He has also held past executive roles at Chef and Canonical. John was one of the earliest cloud evangelists and is considered one of the founders of the DevOps movement. John is the author of 7 IBM Redbooks. He is also the co-author of the “DevOps Handbook” and “Beyond the Phoenix Project” along with author Gene Kim.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

VP of Engineering
Grainger
Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media

Michael Clark has worked in large enterprise computing for over 25 years, first in operations and engineering, and for the past decade in architecture and strategy. He began his career in network and server platform engineering at Bausch & Lomb, where he was instrumental in developing B&L’s global network infrastructure and in launching their first website.

Mike then moved on to Fidelity Investments, where he ultimately took on management of desktop and server operations for Fidelity’s Retail Operations group, merged 19 technology support organizations across the U.S. into 1, and ran network and telecom operations for the Boston region. He spent his final 5 years at Fidelity in the Enterprise Architecture group focused on various platform infrastructure initiatives, including leading the effort to develop a unified server strategy for the firm.

Mike has spent the last 5 years engaged in global professional services activities. He recently became a Partner at Exceptional Leaders International, where his focus is on working with mid-market companies, many of them private-equity owned, to synchronize their business imperatives and technology strategies. He has deep experience in global networking and cloud implementations.

Mike is currently the Technology Industry and IT Consulting Executive at Renaissance Tech & Media. He has been with the company since 2010.

Now Boston-based, Mike hails from Canada, where he received his undergraduate education at The University of Western Ontario. He has since done graduate work at both Brandeis and Harvard.

In his spare time Mike enjoys photography, traveling, and digital audio recording.

This session explores the relationship between the imperatives of the Digital Transformation juggernaut and the well-oiled Cloud Native DevOps (CNDO)“machine.” Does successful Digital Transformation rely upon DevOps achieving its various promises? What does CNDO bring to Digital Transformation that is critical and determining? Or is any perceived connection between the two more artificial than it is real?  
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Developer Support Account Manager
Microsoft

Mark has over 30 years of technical sales and account management experience in the software and semiconductor industries. For the past decade, his entire focus has been on bringing the benefits of cloud computing to the enterprise. Most recently his cloud vision has expanded to include microservices and DevOps. He passionately believes that the current wave of technology innovation can significantly improve the state of the art in enterprise software application delivery.

Prior to turning to the dark side Mark had 10 years of experience as an embedded software developer. He prides himself on having kept current on the technology front while still being able to find his way around a debugger.

Mark holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

Partner
Epilogue Ventures

Alex Brown is a Partner at Epilogue Ventures, focused on mentoring, advising, and investing in early stage technology companies. Alex is also a member of Hyde Park Angels, the Midwest’s largest angel investment group, where he is a deal lead on enterprise technology investments. Previously Alex was the Founder and CEO of 10th Magnitude, the leading Microsoft Azure digital transformation consultancy in the US and a 4-time Global Partner of the Year award winner.  10th Magnitude was sold to Cognizant in 2020.  Prior to this Alex was a Managing Director at Plural, a leading software consultancy which was sold to Dell in 2002. Alex spent 6 years at Dell during which time he led Dell’s Asia-Pacific professional services business (based in Singapore) and led the global solution development organization.  He is a regular speaker at technology industry events where he focuses on channel and partnering strategy and the economics of cloud businesses.  Alex holds a BA in Economics with honors from Oberlin College, and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management. He lives outside Chicago with his family.

This session moves deeper into the actual operational experience of DevOps practitioners in the field. Four seasoned professionals will review how various DevOps practices play out in the real world. They’ll examine such notions as creating a single repository of truth, reducing batch sizes, keeping team sizes small, increasing feedback loops, building infrastructure in code, shifting left, continuously testing, and on to automation. At this juncture, is DevOps really as scientific a set of practices as its proponents claim? Or is it something else? Are the metrics produced in the annual “State of DevOps Report” to be taken at face value? Ultimately, what is the “winning combination” of practices that ensures DevOps success from the perspective of those who do this work every day?
Speakers:
Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media

Michael Clark has worked in large enterprise computing for over 25 years, first in operations and engineering, and for the past decade in architecture and strategy. He began his career in network and server platform engineering at Bausch & Lomb, where he was instrumental in developing B&L’s global network infrastructure and in launching their first website.

Mike then moved on to Fidelity Investments, where he ultimately took on management of desktop and server operations for Fidelity’s Retail Operations group, merged 19 technology support organizations across the U.S. into 1, and ran network and telecom operations for the Boston region. He spent his final 5 years at Fidelity in the Enterprise Architecture group focused on various platform infrastructure initiatives, including leading the effort to develop a unified server strategy for the firm.

Mike has spent the last 5 years engaged in global professional services activities. He recently became a Partner at Exceptional Leaders International, where his focus is on working with mid-market companies, many of them private-equity owned, to synchronize their business imperatives and technology strategies. He has deep experience in global networking and cloud implementations.

Mike is currently the Technology Industry and IT Consulting Executive at Renaissance Tech & Media. He has been with the company since 2010.

Now Boston-based, Mike hails from Canada, where he received his undergraduate education at The University of Western Ontario. He has since done graduate work at both Brandeis and Harvard.

In his spare time Mike enjoys photography, traveling, and digital audio recording.

Staff Engineer
SimpliSafe

Don Luchini is a Boston-based DevOps engineer specializing in infrastructure management and deployment automation pipelines. Over the past ten years, he has acted in the corporate IT, quality assurance, software development, and release engineering spaces, encompassing a number of roles that now fall under the term DevOps. He currently works at SimpliSafe, a Boston-based manufacturer of connected home security systems. In his spare time, he is a martial artist, radio enthusiast, and hobby photographer.

Senior Infrastructure Platform Architect
VMware Carbon Black
DevOps Engineer
Harvard University

Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Nick Lippis is an authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, WorldCom, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

Mr. Lippis is uniquely positioned to comment, analyze and observe computer networking industry trends and developments.

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman 
ONUG
SM - FSO Digital Advisory
Ernst & Young, LLP

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Senior Director, Corporate Innovation
Flex

Ben is an award-winning entrepreneur whose insights have made an immeasurable impact on the emerging smart textiles market. Prior to Flex, Ben founded IoClothes, the first B2B industry platform providing tools, resources and key insights for the emerging area of smart textiles, apparel and footwear. Before that, Ben was a founding member of VF Corporation’s Global Innovation Center where he led research and testing initiatives for the North Face, Timberland and Vans.

Earlier in his career, Ben co-founded the “smart” infant monitoring start-up, Sensible Baby, which gained international recognition for its innovative approach to disrupting the juvenile product space. Prior to that, he was the Lead Footwear Project Engineer for the US Army and successfully led many fast-paced multi-million-dollar development efforts for the United States Department of Defense.

Ben received a B.S. in Biomedical Physics from Northeastern University and M.S. in Biomechanics with high distinction from Boise State University.

Lead Programs Engineer
Blizzard Entertainment

Suzan Mahboob enjoys everything Infrastructure Innovation. She is an active member of the technology community, speaking regularly at conferences, covering topics that are pushing boundaries and helping us transform the way we do things. She knows the challenges we face when working within monolithic, matrixed, large enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences detangling and decommissioning brownfield technologies while advancing greenfield initiatives. When she isn’t putting out production fires, she’s busy writing her blog, partnering and advocating for diversity in technology and exploring the great city of Toronto.

Co-Founder
Tech Fugitives

I’m the Co-Founder and Co-Host of The Tech Fugitives Show. The show covers IT news with a dash of science. Mix in some humor and it becomes… “Tech Talk that doesn’t Suck!”

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