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ONUG Policies

ONUG Board Pledge to IT Business Leaders Attending ONUG

The ONUG Board pledges that ONUG will endeavor to provide secure environments during ONUG conferences free from press, bloggers, social networkers, and vendors so that IT business leaders can discuss and share IT project experiences in closed door, private sessions. To meet that end, the ONUG board promises to strictly enforce the following ONUG policies.

Fireside Chat Policy


ONUG Fireside Chats are open exclusively to IT business leaders from enterprise, education, and government agency sectors. Note that IT executives employed by high tech companies that sell equipment and software plus services are not allowed access to Fireside Chat sessions. IT executives employed by service providers are also excluded from Fireside Chat session access. In addition, financial and industry analysts, consultants, distributors, and integrators are not allowed access.


This policy will be strictly enforced without exception at ONUG. In addition, recording, blogging, tweeting, or posting by all Fireside Chat attendees is strictly prohibited. ONUG Fireside Chat sessions are color coded red in the ONUG Conference schedule.

Closed Door ONUG Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG Conference sessions are CLOSED to press, bloggers, vendors, and service providers. In addition, these sessions are not audio or video recorded. Summary tweets and social media posts are allowed without attribution to presenters or their affiliated firms; however, presentation photos are strictly prohibited and may not be posted to social media. Closed Door ONUG Conference sessions are color coded yellow in the ONUG Conference schedule.

Open Door Conference Session Policy

Select ONUG Conference sessions are OPEN to all attendees including press, analysts, vendors, service providers, and IT executives. These sessions are color coded green in the ONUG Conference schedule.

Working Group Member Policy

ONUG Use Case Working Groups are open to all IT business leaders and academics. Only vendors and service providers sponsoring the current ONUG conference are eligible to participate. While IT end users may choose to participate in as many Working Groups as they would like, demonstrator companies may participate in no more than three working groups. Consultants, integrators, and resellers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Starting in 2016, each working group will be open to IT end users ONLY for the first two months, as they outline requirements and what they would like to see as a part of the vendor proof of concepts. After the initial requirements have been outlined, the working groups will be opened up to participating vendors for feedback, clarification, and to begin the proof of concept development process.

The Open Networking User Group is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs. ONUG events are for IT executives, global network architects, and designers to learn from peers and early adopters managing private or public clouds, enterprise data centers, WAN or service provider networks. Unlike trade shows or industry conferences, the ONUG Conference includes peer-level IT leaders sharing content and plans around real, deployable SDN, OpenFlow, and OpenStack solutions in an interactive setting with no vendors in attendance. The program is designed to ensure plenty of time for networking and open discussions among IT users.

Who Should Attend

  • Large Scale Corporate/Enterprise IT staff
  • Cloud and Service Provider Network Engineering and Application Performance Executives
  • Executive IT Research & Development
  • Global Network Strategist, Architects, Designers and Planners
  • IT Network Infrastructure and planning
  • Chief Technical Officers of Networks and Telecommunications
  • IT Business Leaders and IT Application Performance Engineering
  • IT Data Center Architects
  • DevOps and NetOps Professionals
  • Storage Professionals and Operations
  • Virtualization Specialists and Operations

What You Will Learn

  • How to eliminate network appliances
  • If container networks will replace overlays
  • How to operationalize open networks
  • The status of open standards
  • What happened to all the open networking startups
  • Why siloed organizations are major inhibitors to freeing up IT assets and deploying open networking
  • Where we stand with multivendor interoperable networking

Why You Should Attend

  • It’s all about the networking as the Open Network User Group is a meeting for users by users.
  • The Open Network User Group is a unique meeting exclusively for IT professionals interested in Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking.
  • You will learn from others who have implemented SDN projects both during their presentations and during social events throughout the day.
  • You will also have access to a demo area with innovative companies that were hand picked by the founding members, all of whom are IT executives.