Countdown to ONUG Fall 2017

Looking forward to participating in the ONUG Fall 2017 conference in New York, October 17 & 18.

I’ll be one of three judges for ONUG’s new Right Stuff Innovation Awards, which will be awarded to the companies presenting in the PoC Theater who are developing innovative products and solutions that are most closely aligned with the guidelines published by two ONUG working groups:

As I wrote in this blog, ONUG is now expanding its focus to helping enterprise IT managers address the challenges of hybrid multi-cloud application, infrastructure and network deployments, fostering cross-industry vendor collaboration in order to drive the development of more open, software-driven and cost-effective solutions.

I’m also moderating a Birds of a Feather session on Software-Defined Application, Infrastructure and Network Monitoring, with a strong focus on hybrid multi-cloud environments. This will be a forum for enterprise DevOps, ITOps, NetOps and SecOps users to share their experiences, challenges, concerns and recommendations with the vendor community. The session will immediately follow the Monitoring & Analytics Meetup where the M&A working group will discuss the progress ONUG is making in this operationally critical area.

Hope to see you in New York in just over a week, and if you are able to attend, be sure to check out some of the PoC Theater presentations and the vendors exhibiting in the Technology Showcase.

If you plan to attend the conference, register using discount code ACG30 to save 30%.

 

 

Visibility & analytics at the ONUG Spring 2017 conference

I was invited to speak at the Open Networking User Group’s ONUG Spring 2017 conference held in San Francisco back in April about “A Framework for Infrastructure Visibility, Analytics and Operational Intelligence”. My presentation is up on Slideshare and ONUG has posted a video of the session.

My goal was to stimulate thinking about how we bring the power of Big Data to infrastructure monitoring and analytics by creating a common framework for tools to share visibility data from an array of sources and feed this data into a set of shared analytics engines to support various operational use cases.

It’s not economically feasible, nor is it technically desirable, for each tool to bring its own Big Data analytics stack and ingest dedicated streaming telemetry feeds. As an industry, we need to think about how we can create more commonality at the lower layers of the stack to implement lower cost solutions that facilitate data sharing and common analytics across a wide range of use cases.

On this front, ONUG has a Monitoring & Analytics initiative that is working to define user requirements and develop proof-of-concept demos for a new, comprehensive suite of tools to manage software-defined infrastructure.  There was a panel at the conference that provided an update on the status of the initiative, and ONUG has posted a video of this session.

I also moderated an interesting panel discussion on Retooling for the Software-Defined Enterprise that featured Aryo Kresnadi from FedEx, Ian Flint from Yahoo and Dan Ellis from Kentik, who all have extensive experience using and building monitoring & analytics tools in cloud-scale environments. ONUG has also posted a video of this session, along with many others from the conference on ONUG’s Vimeo channel.

If these topics interest you, be sure to save the date for ONUG Fall 2017, which will be held October 17 & 18 in New York City.