ONUG Spring 2024 Agenda


     
     
     

8:00 am

Join us to hear what we have in store for you as we kick off the Spring 2024 Conference! Learn More
Speakers:
Founder
Praxis Data Security
Sr Advisor, Cloud & SRE
General Dynamics IT

Nick Lippis, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the AI Networking Summit, will set the stage for a transformative two-day event with his insightful opening remarks. He will outline the contours of the AI Networking industry and preview the key highlights and groundbreaking discussions anticipated at the summit, providing attendees with a comprehensive roadmap of what to expect and how to engage in the unfolding narrative of AI in networking. Learn More
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

Join Tom Gillis, SVP/GM Security at Cisco, as he unveils Cisco's forward-thinking approach to cybersecurity, "Cisco's Security Vision and the Transformative Impact of AI on Security". Through a live demonstration, Tom will showcase Cisco's revolutionary, from-the-ground-up approach where security meets the network. He will also discuss the pivotal role of AI in eliminating operational burden, simplifying security infrastructure, and reinforcing trust within enterprise compute infrastructure. This session provides a comprehensive look into the evolution of cybersecurity, guided by Cisco's expertise. Learn More
Speakers:
SVP/GM Security Business Group
Cisco

9:00 am

Join Michael Milligan, VP, IT Governance, Risk & Compliance of FedEx, as he unveils a roadmap to AI readiness in the modern enterprise landscape. This presentation will delve into the essential preparations and strategic considerations that organizations must embrace to harness the full potential of AI. From building robust data infrastructures to fostering a culture of innovation, Gene will outline the critical steps and organizational mindset shifts required to navigate the complexities of AI integration successfully. What You Will Learn: -Key strategic considerations for preparing your organization for AI adoption. -The importance of data infrastructure, governance, and security in the AI ecosystem. -Strategies for fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation to support AI initiatives. -Real-world insights into how FedEx is navigating its AI journey, including challenges and successes. Learn More
Speakers:
Staff Vice President, IT Governance, Risk & Compliance
FedEx

10:00 am

We would like to thank Gene Sun of FedEx and his staff to celebrate his and FedEx's ONUG Community contribution in accelerating digital transformation forward via hosting this ONUG Spring 2024. FedEx shared their perspective one of the most important moments that we all find ourselves in and that’s the dawn of the AI era. Gene, we thank you for your strong thought leadership and support of the community over so many years. We also want to express our gratitude to Gene Sun’s staff especially Jennifer Sulcer, and Teleesa Mason who have been wonderful to work with over the past several months. Learn More
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG

As the digital and AI-driven revolution continues to unfold, the demand for robust Enterprise AI infrastructure has never been more critical. Mike Taylor, CTO of WWT, stands at the helm of this transformation, steering the WWT AI Proving Ground within the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) towards groundbreaking innovations. This keynote will explore the pivotal role of Enterprise AI infrastructure in supporting complex AI workloads and the exciting emergence of new AI-native networking products across the industry. Through the lens of WWT's state-of-the-art lab environment, attendees will gain unparalleled insights into the collaborative development and deployment of AI solutions, facilitated by WWT and Nvidia's cutting-edge technologies. This session is a must-attend for those eager to witness the confluence of theory and practice in the realm of AI, offering a unique perspective on how hands-on access to advanced AI resources is reshaping the technological landscape. Learn More
Speakers:
Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Services
World Wide Technology

In this dynamic panel session moderated by Andy Brown, Aryo Kresnadi of FedEx, Mike Taylor of WWT, and Hasan Siraj of Broadcom will converge to discuss the revolutionary impact of AI on enterprise compute infrastructure. Following their insightful keynotes at the AI Networking Summit, this discussion will delve into the nuances of cybersecurity, networking, and the lifecycle management of AI-driven solutions. The panel will explore real-world applications, emerging trends, and strategic insights into harnessing AI for enhancing enterprise security, networking efficiency, and overall infrastructure management. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO
Sand Hill East, LLC
Co-Chair
AI Networking Summit
Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Services
World Wide Technology
Head of Software Products / Ecosystem
Broadcom
Technical Director, Global Network Architecture
FedEx

11:00 am

Compete against other SOC practitioners to identify multicloud security threats in several simulated scenarios created using WWT’s Cyber Range. The goal is for participants to discover, in a hands-on environment, the benefits of using ONUG’s open source “Cloud Security Notification Framework” (CSNF) to normalize service provider-specific security notification messages in complex, multicloud threat scenarios. Learn More
Speakers:
Technology Industry & IT Consulting Executive
Renaissance Tech & Media
Field Chief Security Architect
Oracle
Principal Systems Engineer
World Wide Technology

12:00 pm

Banking relies on bold thinking, high-speed innovation and world class infrastructure. Join Jason Clark, Senior Director of Infrastructure Core Services at First Citizens Bank, as he reveals the essential strategies for using network automation to power ongoing IT and business innovation. From concept to execution, get a rare and insightful look at the best practices and lessons learned that Jason and his team are utilizing to remain ahead of the bank’s business needs. Learn More
Speakers:
Senior Director, Infrastructure Core Services
Silicon Valley Bank, a Division of First Citizens Bank
Chief Product Officer
Gluware, Inc.

In a world where slow is the new down, a network that just keeps up with the business is not enough. More than ever, networks impact application performance and influence business outcomes from app velocity to operational efficiency and new service deployment at scale. Further, leaders face the arduous task of introducing AI to somehow help with automation while navigating hyper-distributed infrastructures out of the direct control of networking and infrastructure teams. Simply put, complexity is harming app performance. It’s why leaders must shift to an application-centric networking strategy to grow their business. Join IBM for an insightful conversation about improving business outcomes through a network strategy that puts applications first. Learn More
Speakers:
GM, Software Defined Networking
IBM
CIO NetEng Backbone Leader
IBM

1:00 pm

Effective cloud outcomes are largely an advanced security operations, SecOps, effort. Failure doesn’t come from lack of security tooling options, rather that these tools are not organizationally aligned to support proper workflow, fail to provide visibility, and actually increase risk because of longer time to identify and remediate threats. The challenge of bringing tools into a framework that improves SOC efficiency and provides human scale suffers from complications in bringing multi-provider and multi-vendor ecosystems into harmony across security workflows, recruiting multiple organizational roles as security contributors, and managing the practice with scarce resources in people and skills. In this session Fortinet will show a real-world implementation that created a successful cloud outcome by leveraging AI and ML to harmonize signals, speed response and drives down risk. Learn More
Speakers:
Global Director of Public Cloud Architecture and Engineering
Fortinet

In an era where digital transformation is paramount, many organizations find themselves entangled in the complexity of managing legacy network security policies, hindering their ability to adapt and thrive. The "AI-Driven Transformation: Best Practices in Network Security Policy Management" panel at the AI Networking Summit during ONUG Spring and Fall 2024 conferences is designed to address this critical challenge. Our expert panel will delve into how AI and machine learning can be leveraged to streamline and enhance legacy network security policy management, significantly reducing technical debt and fostering a more agile, secure infrastructure. Attendees will gain insights into innovative strategies, practical tools, and real-world examples of AI-driven transformations in enterprise network security. Learn More
Speakers:
Senior Research Analyst, Datacenter Services & Infrastructure
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Director of Product Marketing
Zscaler
VP & Chief Information Security Officer
Justworks
Sr. Director, Security Product Management
Cisco
VP of Strategic Accounts
Network to Code

Agile and high performing digital services require high performing user-to-app and app-to-app connectivity. But when it comes to providing connectivity to highly distributed applications and services, current networks that are largely independent from the applications with rigid, unsecure and reactive mode of operations fall short in delivering a consistent and predictable user experience. But what if multicloud networks put the needs of applications first? In this session, discover the power of app-centric connectivity where the network follows the application for agile and reliant application performance. Learn More
Speakers:
Software Networking Program Director, Head of Outbound Product Management
IBM
Software Networking Program Director, Head of NS1 Product Management
IBM

This session aims to propose an approach that will help evolve Security Operations from a reactive and human-first approach - that cannot scale to keep up with ever-increasing threats - towards the vision of an AI-Driven, Automation-first SOC. Learn More
Speakers:
Director, Systems Engineering | AI-Driven SOC Platform, Cortex GTM, North America
Palo Alto Networks

2:00 pm

SONiC is widely deployed in data center networks worldwide. Increasingly, enterprises want to take advantage of the proven benefits of disaggregated networking hardware and open-source software for campus edge, aggregation, and core networks. This session will highlight how the community is evolving SONiC to support enterprise features and how vendors are bringing to market cost-effective hardware that is purpose-built for SONiC. Learn More
Speakers:
Director, Engineering Product Line Management
Celestica

Join Kevin Irwin, Senior Director of Product Management at Gluware, for a sneak peek of Gluware’s GenAI-powered co-pilot capabilities. The demos in this session focus on use cases most requested by network operators. Whether you’re remediating security vulnerabilities, preventing change-related outages, or reducing time-to-market for network services, Gluware’s turnkey intelligent network automation platform and AI-powered co-pilot make it easier to operate a smarter, more secure, high-performance network. Learn More
Speakers:
Senior Director, Product Management
Gluware

Speakers:
Regional Cloud SE
Fortinet

85% of IT leaders say hybrid work is here to stay. However, overextended infrastructure has led to security gaps, leaving 73% of surveyed executives concerned about security risk. Networking teams are under pressure to provide secure access to employees everywhere while ensuring app performance, controlling administrative complexity and reducing cyber risk. Learn More
Speakers:
Director of Product Marketing
Zscaler

In the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber security, the ability to swiftly generate comprehensive and accurate security reports is paramount and NOC and SOC operators. This session showcases an advanced approach that leverages Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) and fine-tuned Large Language Models (LLMs), such as Cohere and Llama2, to automate the creation of detailed security reports. By incorporating account telemetry and network traffic logs as RAG, this method enhances the report’s contextuality and relevance, ensuring precise and insightful incident narratives and breach analyses. Learn More
Speakers:
Senior Director, Cloud Engineering
Oracle

As organizations move to the cloud, security teams are being tasked with cloud security. This often means replicating on-prem security practices in complex multi-cloud environments. This approach can leave critical blindspots and create organizational inefficiencies. In this session join Alex Feigenson, Director of Security Engineering at Tenable to hear how you can use a CNAPP solution to empower your teams to become cloud security experts and work across departments for better security outcomes. Learn More
Speakers:
Territory Manager, Cloud & Identity Security
Tenable

As we stand on the brink of 2024, the technological landscape is poised for a transformative shift, with AI integration set to surge, reshaping the fabric of next-generation AI applications. Central to this evolution is the role of APIs, which are becoming increasingly pivotal in enabling sophisticated AI functionalities across various platforms and systems. This panel session delves into the dual-edged nature of this progression, focusing on the burgeoning integration of AI in API environments, the emerging security challenges, and the strategic imperatives for modern enterprises. Learn More
Speakers:
Sr. Director, Cloud Security Strategy & Engineering
Evernorth Health Services
Staff Network Engineer
Intuit
Principal Web Application & API Security Architect
Palo Alto Networks
Global Head of Vulnerability Assessments and Cloud Security Operations
Citi
Director, Global Infrastructure Security Engineering
Evernorth Health Services

Learn about a new approach to building enterprise private mobile networks that combines private 5G, private spectrum (CBRS), eSIM and other cellular technology advances with a cloud-based model for deployment and operations.  We will discuss how this approach can be used to address core wireless challenges like universal indoor/outdoor coverage in enterprise facilities.  We’ll also look closely at how to provide high-performance mobile connectivity for edge-based AI workloads, drones, automated manufacturing, and other modern mobile-centric use cases. Learn More
Speakers:
Chief Operating & Customer Officer
Highway9 Networks

AI is the hot topic for organizations around the world, but delivering AI apps to your users and ensuring they are protected is a major challenge. As the endpoints for AI apps are more distributed across environments, you need a solution that can solve for the connectivity and security pieces, so that your AI apps can connect to other apps in your network, and ensure each endpoint is protected with strong, consistent security across multiple clouds and on-premises sites. Learn More
Speakers:
VP of Product
F5

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in networking has emerged as a transformative force, revolutionizing management and optimization of network infrastructures across industries. In this session, we explore how AI serves as a powerful ally for network managers, providing unprecedented insights and efficiency. Learn More
Speakers:
VP of Marketing
Network to Code

3:00 pm

Join Apcela for a quick session on SD-WAN Tools, Technologies and Techniques you can start using immediately to power your own (DIY) Software-Defined Cloud Interconnection (SDCI) platform. As an added bonus see how GenAI is set to further enhance SD-WAN. Learn More
Speakers:
VP, Product and Solutions Engineering
Apcela

Explore a novel architecture for advanced cyber defense in hybrid environments, focusing on the unified management of security across various domains. It integrates eBPF technology and AI-driven automation to enforce consistent policies and enhance operational efficiency. We will cover architecture, and the two main use cases: exploit protection and segmentation. Learn More
Speakers:
Sr. Director, Security Product Management
Cisco

The Network is everywhere, and the future is Hybrid. As organizations continue to modernize, their public cloud footprint continues to increase while many applications still run in existing Data Centers. Network teams today are on the hook for connecting public clouds, data centers, sites, SaaS, partners, while integrating existing network and security services. In this talk, we will highlight the benefits of using Alkira as your on-demand and scalable network platform, taking an ‘as-a-Service’ approach to interconnecting all the critical systems that power your business Learn More
Speakers:
Principal Cloud Architect
Alkira

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, the phenomenon of shadow AI—unofficial AI projects operating without formal oversight—poses unique challenges for large enterprises. This panel discussion delves into the complexities of shadow AI, examining its risks, including security vulnerabilities, data silos, and inefficiencies. Our expert panelists will share insights and strategies for identifying shadow AI initiatives within the organizational framework, understanding whether they align with corporate governance, data privacy standards, and operational goals. Learn More
Speakers:
Founder, Author and Entrepreneur
Botchagalupe Technologies

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital infrastructure and network management, the critical task of managing networks has long-awaited innovation. Opengear's Lighthouse, now with Smart Management Fabric (SMF), introduces a transformative platform for out-of-band network management. This unified solution streamlines the management network, simplifies deployments at edge locations, and enables easy access to your 5G and AI-enabled technologies. SMF offers a turnkey management network overlay that offers a management network that is scalable, secure, and automated, applicable across various network settings from near edge to far edge, data centers, and 5G infrastructures. Join us to discover how Opengear is leading this shift, enabling effortless edge deployments and empowering enterprises to unlock the full potential of their network infrastructure while ensuring resilience, efficiency, and readiness for the future's demands. Learn More
Speakers:
Technical Product Manager
Opengear

This exclusive roundtable invites IT leaders to delve into the future of Network as a Service services. Discussions will focus on emerging technologies like LOS, 5G, broadband, etc. and the complexities of managing hybrid cloud environments. Leaders will exchange insights on simplifying network complexity through NaaS and other services plus techniques. The session guarantees confidentiality and encourages a frank and open exchange of ideas. Learn More
Speakers:
Technical Director, Global Network Architecture
FedEx
Network & Cloud Architect
McKesson
Network Automation Architect
Citi
Associate Director
Merck

This ONUG panel discussion is designed for executives and professionals involved in the development of in-house AI capabilities within large corporations. The focus will be on the examination of the essential components required to establish a reliable, scalable, and efficient AI infrastructure. Participants will receive insights into necessary hardware and software requirements, effective data management strategies, security considerations, regulatory compliance, ethical considerations, and cost management. This session aims to provide a structured framework for corporate leaders looking to build advanced AI infrastructure in a secure and controlled manner. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO
Gluware, Inc.
CEO
Sand Hill East, LLC
Co-Chair
AI Networking Summit
Cloud Architect and Technical Product Manager
Microsoft
Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Services
World Wide Technology

ONUG Triple T presentations provide you with a unique opportunity to view Tools, Technologies and Techniques that map to solutions that enable trusted Infrastructure to drive business value in today's Enterprise. From real-world NetDevOps to automating and securing multi-cloud deployments, you will find answers to your unique requirements and challenges. Suppliers have been challenged by ONUG to present solutions that help the enterprise overcome the numerous operational challenges that arise in today’s highly complex IT environments. These are interactive sessions, bring your questions and speak directly to the suppliers and technologists rolling out solutions. More details on these sessions are forthcoming. Learn More
Speakers:

4:00 pm

WWT will share current customer successes in using WWT AI to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats. WWT will also introduce the WWT CyberRange which is the technology driving the ONUG Capture the Flag event. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Learn More
Speakers:
Principal Systems Engineer
World Wide Technology

The landscape of digital transformation, cloud adoption, and remote work has fundamentally changed the requirements for security and network architectures. Simply enhancing or adding to existing tools is insufficient in embracing Zero Trust and SASE. Instead, a holistic modernization of infrastructure security and optimization is essential. Only the right mix of security cloud infrastructure and digital experience management help deliver the fastest, safest, and most reliable user experience for the hybrid enterprise while reducing management overhead. Learn More
Speakers:
Product Marketing Director
Netskope

With the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT, many enterprises are exploring the potential value of integrating generative AI into their products and applications. In this Triple-T session, “Network AI for NetOps Automation”, we show how your networking teams can easily benefit from a Generative AI LLM to boost operational efficiency by using simple natural language interactions that help improve the human operator experience. You’ll learn how this AI assistant can assist your teams through several practical examples such as: query documentation, check device and network state, troubleshoot issues and create accurate configurations. Learn More
Speakers:
Sr. Director Business Development, Network Infrastructure
Nokia

We found that the overwhelming majority of CISOs (70%) believe that generative AI will create an asymmetrical battlefield that will inevitably be tipped in favor of cyber adversaries. We are more optimistic than that, though. We know 35% of CISOs are already using AI for positive security applications, and 61% will likely use it in the next 12 months. Learn More
Speakers:
Security Solutions Architect
Splunk

Solution Architect Justin Jeffery will demonstrate the capabilities of IP Fabric and use the data collected to create simple test cases in Python. The results of the tests will be transformed into a report giving your team a list of actionable items to remediate to ensure compliance in your networks. Learn More
Speakers:
Solution Architect
IP Fabric

Grokstream's mission is to help our customers detect service-impacting issues as early in their lifecycle as possible, and then help them prevent and/or resolve the underlying problems as quickly as possible. Learn More
Speakers:
President & COO
Grokstream

The emergence of generative AI made it possible to monetize proprietary data that was previously undervalued and difficult to process. However, it requires massive GPU clusters in cloud data centers, moving highly sensitive repositories out of the physical enterprise. At the Nvidia GTC 2024 conference, Qrypt announced the integration of a quantum-secure channel using DPUs, or data processing units, the next evolutionary step after GPUs developed from CPUs for hyperscale AI workloads and accelerated next-generation AI processing. With Qrypt’s integration into Palo Alto’s API for quantum entropy, end-to-end encryption security can now be achieved over networks under adversarial surveillance. Learn More
Speakers:
Co-Founder & CTO
Qrypt

With ITOps continuing to grow in complexity, AI and ML-powered insights and automation are the only path forward. Selector, the world's first monitoring and AIOps platform, helps operators troubleshoot their network, server, cloud, and application infrastructures through next-generation technologies. Selector's process begins with the collection, aggregation and analysis of multi-domain operational data. Then, Selector leverages advanced AI and ML techniques to drive features such as anomaly detection, event correlation, root cause analysis, and smart alerting. Through the integration of Generative AI and LLM-powered natural language querying, Selector provides status reports, recommendations, and automated remediation via a conversational user experience on leading messaging platforms (Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc.). Learn More
Speakers:
Vice President of Product Management
Selector

Meter, designed by network engineers for network engineers, introduces a streamlined approach for IT teams to gain excellent visibility and control over their networks without the usual hassle. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO
Meter

Data centers that operate generative AI workloads create terabits of data on a regular basis. Data center requirements for long haul data transmissions, lossless data handling and public cloud computing deviate the process of these workloads from closely enclosed ecosystems to broader ecosystems where data can be exposed and systems can be exploited. Within a short amount of time we will go into identifying and understanding some of the security gaps that are currently present and go over the best ways of staying ahead of the curve. Learn More
Speakers:
CTO
Quantea

5:00 pm

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, the phenomenon of shadow AI—unofficial AI projects operating without formal oversight—poses unique challenges for large enterprises. This roundtable discussion delves into the complexities of shadow AI, examining its risks, including security vulnerabilities, data silos, and inefficiencies. This roundtable provides an opportunity to share insights and strategies for identifying, managing, and integrating shadow AI initiatives within the organizational framework, ensuring they align with corporate governance, data privacy standards, and operational goals. Learn More
Speakers:
Founding Partner
Fuchsia Services, Inc
Founder, Author and Entrepreneur
Botchagalupe Technologies
Board Member
ONUG
Managing Director, Cloud Engineering
Evernorth, A Cigna Group Company

In this talk we will be discussing the transformational impact of GenAI on IT infrastructure, marking a shift from academic exploration to essential product innovation within the tech industry. Highlighting the current necessity for organizations to integrate AI, it underscores the automation of repetitive tasks, the potential for balancing innovation and maintenance budgets, and the inevitable adoption of AI for a competitive edge. The talk will detail the crucial features for enterprise-ready AI systems, including open-source models, customization, cost-effectiveness, and vendor agnosticism, alongside exploring the wide-ranging applications beyond traditional AIOps to include compliances, migration checks, and more through conversational analytics. It advocates starting small with AI integration, leveraging expert knowledge in data engineering and prompt engineering for tailored implementations. Concluding, the talk the audience will be shown a quick demo video. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO
Aviz

In an era where AI integration into enterprise operations is paramount, the networking infrastructure plays a critical role. This panel explores how advancements in networking technologies like Ethernet and RDMA over Ethernet can democratize AI by making powerful AI tools more accessible and efficient across industries. The discussion will delve into the transformative potential of AI in networking, the role of open standards and the democratization of AI through scalable, high-performance networking solutions. Learn More
Speakers:
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
ONUG
Head of Software Products / Ecosystem
Broadcom
Area Vice President - Customer Engineering
Arista Networks

It's clear that over the next few years, Managed Network Services will give way to Network as a Service…but what does NaaS really look like? In this short 10-min presentation, Bob Wysocki of Microland will provide pragmatic guidance on how enterprises should be thinking about adopting a NaaS service offering from the perspective of: Learn More
Speakers:
CTO
Microland Limited

Zero Trust security is a critical goal, but current implementations often involve ever increasing complex firewall rules and infrastructure configurations. This presentation proposes a new approach built on the fundamental concept of TCP/IP sockets. We explore the limitations of traditional security methods and how they create vulnerabilities. A new approach is then introduced, leveraging a secure control plane and Zero Trust principles applied directly at the socket level. This eliminates the need for listening ports on servers and clients, removing the network attack surface. Learn More
Speakers:
Co-founder and CTO
Atsign

Dell Sonic networking in today’s hyperscale environments. Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies is the first commercial version to provide enterprise-ready features, a dedicated roadmap and global support for large-scale environments. Enterprise SONiC builds on Dell Technologies long history of collaborating with and contributing to the open source SONiC community with new features and capabilities ranging across the protocol stack and management applications, including a centralized management platform and a growing ecosystem of partner automation and orchestration applications. Learn More
Speakers:
Open Networking Sales
Dell


8:00 am

Join us to hear what we have in store for you on the second day of the Spring 2024 Conference! Learn More
Speakers:
Founder
Praxis Data Security
Sr Advisor, Cloud & SRE
General Dynamics IT

9:00 am

In the rapidly evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying ahead of threats is a constant challenge. This session will explore the cutting-edge realm of automated code writing in Generative AI (GAI) as a proactive defense mechanism. We will delve into how AI systems can not only detect but also autonomously respond to cyber threats by generating and deploying effective countermeasures in real-time. This approach represents a significant leap in cybersecurity, offering the potential for more resilient and adaptive security strategies. Learn More
Speakers:
EY Americas Cloud Cybersecurity Leader, Managing Director
EY
Security Engineering Manager
Google
Managing Director - Head of Cloud Security Program
Citi
Information Technology Managing Director
Evernorth Health Services

An AI / ML infrastructure strategy must consider multiple factors, including types of workloads, volume and type of data that will be transferred, performance requirements, network scalability, and of course, budget available. In this session AMD Networking GM Soni Jiandani will discuss how you can build a future-proof infrastructure that will help improve the overall performance of AI / ML networks by providing high throughput, low latency, high connection scalability and reduced CPU overhead while supporting programmable congestion control, dynamic load balancing, inline security, dynamic connection and many more innovative features. Learn More
Speakers:
CVP Networking
AMD

10:00 am

The ONUG Spring 2024 conference is excited to unveil a key panel session, "AI-Driven Integration: Transforming NOC/SOC Operations for Enhanced Efficiency." This session will feature a panel of distinguished experts to discuss Othe transformative role of Artificial Intelligence in integrating Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and Security Operations Centers (SOCs). Learn More
Speakers:
VP Strategy and Operations, ISG AIOps
Dell
Co-Chair
AI Networking Summit
Chief Information Security Officer
Cigna, Retired
CTO, Enterprise Networking
Cisco
Director, Systems Engineering | AI-Driven SOC Platform, Cortex GTM, North America
Palo Alto Networks

11:00 am

AI intersects with edge computing at the enterprise edge for a subset of applications & use-cases, and for other use-cases it builds a data-lake for AI computations to be performed in the cloud. Correlated decision making with robotic process automation (RPA) has transformed to an AI-ML based analytics that allow anomaly detection, predictive and preventative network and security handling of events, and result in better business outcomes. Video analytics, and AR/VR use-cases require more local processing, whilst Production and QA type of infrastructures a mix of local and cloud based AI-based predictive analytics. In this session, we will describe real-world AI-based scenarios, highlighting the relevant technical challenges, security considerations, solutions adopted, business benefits and future directions with AI/GenAI. Learn More
Speakers:
NaaS, SASE and PaaS Consultant - Associate Fellow
Verizon Business Global Solutions

The world is changing. Modern times call for a modern solution. Previously static networks, MPLS specifically, were great delivering interoffice connectivity and on-premises data centers, but they are costly. Plus, their time to deliver and upgrade is excruciatingly slow. SDWAN takes networking to a flexible level, but they are expensive (with hardware and subscriptions), complex, and burdensome to manage. Additionally, if you use a third party to manage your SDWAN, your costs can become untenable. SDWAN also pigeonholes you with the vendor’s hardware and legacy networking principals. You are at the mercy of the SDWAN manufacturer. Learn More
Speakers:
Chief Product Officer
Graphiant
Advanced Network Engineer
Valmont Industries

12:00 pm

The Graphiant demo will focus on the enhancements in the site dashboard, the new automated alerting engine, and troubleshooting observability. Learn More
Speakers:
SE Director
Graphiant

Over the past decade, enterprise networking and security operations teams have deployed products and solutions incorporating AI and machine learning capabilities, and yet many enterprise IT operations teams are still climbing a steep network automation learning curve. However, in just the past year, Generative AI platforms based on Large Language Models (LLMs) have burst onto the scene and demonstrated astounding capabilities across many diverse fields of art and commerce. It is reasonable to expect that GenAI will therefore have a huge impact on IT Operations, realizing the original promise of AIOps (a term coined by Gartner back in 2016). Learn More
Speakers:
VP of Product Marketing
Gluware
Principal Solution Architect
World Wide Technology

With the increase in the number and sophistication of adversaries targeting organizations today, coupled with the growing volume of alerts and shortage of staff that most enterprises face, cyber-defenders are at a marked disadvantage. Learn how the Palo Alto Networks platform leverages advanced AI and ML technology to change this dynamic and give organizations a strategic advantage to proactively address cyber risk across the enterprise - from the user, the branch, the data center, and the cloud Learn More
Speakers:
Senior Systems Engineer
Palo Alto Networks

1:00 pm

This panel will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the growing trend of Network as a Service (NaaS) and its strategic value to businesses in the modern digital landscape. Panel Discussion Points: -Understanding NaaS: An introduction to Network as a Service, defining what it is and how it differs from traditional network management models. Business Agility through NaaS: Exploring how NaaS contributes to business agility, including its role in rapid scalability, flexibility, and the ability to respond to changing market dynamics. -Cost Efficiency and ROI: Discussing the cost benefits of NaaS, including a breakdown of its potential return on investment compared to traditional networking models. Security and Compliance in NaaS: Addressing security concerns in the NaaS model, and how it meets compliance standards in various industries. -Case Studies: Presenting real-world examples of successful NaaS deployments, highlighting the challenges faced and how they were overcome. -Integrating NaaS with Existing IT Infrastructure: Strategies for seamlessly integrating NaaS into existing IT ecosystems, and the role of IT teams in managing and orchestrating NaaS solutions. -The Future of NaaS: Speculating on the future developments in NaaS, including technological advancements and potential shifts in the networking landscape. - Session Takeaways: -Participants in this session will gain a comprehensive understanding of Network as a Service, its strategic advantages, and how it can be effectively deployed to enhance business agility and operational efficiency. They will learn from the experiences and insights of industry leaders who have navigated the NaaS journey, gaining valuable knowledge that can be applied to their own organizational contexts. -This keynote panel is an essential session for those looking to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving world of enterprise networking, offering a deep dive into one of the most significant trends shaping the future of IT infrastructure. Learn More
Speakers:
Evernorth Health Services
Evernorth, A Cigna Health Company
VP, Global Head of Network Architecture, Engineering & Operations
S&P Global
Sr. Manager of Cloud and Connectivity Engineering
Capital One
Head of Wireless
Meter
Director of Strategic Solutions - Networking & Security
Megaport

This session delves into the transformative role of AI in network optimization, focusing on predicting traffic demands and analyzing traffic patterns for effective route determination. Attendees will gain insights into the integration of AI for dynamic route optimization and design, ensuring enhanced network performance and management through advanced link-level configurations and real-time traffic demand matrices prediction. Agenda: -Introduction to AI in Network Traffic Optimization: An overview of how AI is employed to predict traffic demands and analyze traffic patterns for optimized routing. -Advanced Techniques for AI-Driven Route Optimization: Exploring AI methodologies for real-time and predictive route optimization, including dynamic routing protocols and link-level configuration strategies. -Case Studies and Impact Analysis: Presenting real-world applications and the significant impact of AI on network performance, scalability, and reliability. -Interactive Q&A Session with the Panel: An opportunity for attendees to engage with experts and discuss AI's role in network optimization, challenges, and future directions. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO and Principal Analyst
ACG Research
Chief Technology Officer - Data Center Networking
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Director, Product Line Management
Ciena
Chief Product Officer
Graphiant
VP, Cloud, Infrastructure, and AI Solutions
World Wide Technology

AI is driving the evolution of enterprise edge infrastructure, with new devices and applications generating high-volume, high-velocity data that must be processed by AI models situated at the edge to derive real-time inferences critical to IT and OT decision-making. This has major implications for AI networking, the underlying AI infrastructure stack and protection against security threats targeting the distributed edge cloud. Attend this session to learn from the experts how your company can prepare to overcome these challenges to ensure positive business outcomes for its edge AI initiatives. Learn More
Speakers:
ONUG CTO
ONUG
GM, Software Defined Networking
IBM
VP of Product
F5
Technical Solutions Architect
World Wide Technology

2:00 pm

In this dynamic ONUG panel discussion, we delve into the pivotal shift towards Cloud Computing, the expansion of remote workforces, and the strategic imperative of Generative AI, which compels enterprises to rethink their approach to network and security integration. With over half of all applications now operating outside traditional on-premises networks, the session will explore the pressing need to move away from legacy WAN infrastructures and perimeter-based security models. Our panel of experts will discuss the challenges and complexities introduced by legacy systems, the inefficiencies of current security solutions, and the critical role of Network as a Service (NaaS) and edge-integrated security services in crafting a seamless, secure, and user-friendly digital environment. Agenda: -Introduction: o Overview of the current landscape: Cloud adoption, remote work, and GenAI. o The limitations of legacy WAN and perimeter security in a modern digital world. -Challenges with Legacy Systems: o Discussing the complexity and management challenges of mixed security solutions and organizational structures. o The impact on network and security administrators, and user experiences. -The Shift to Modern Network Security: o Exploring the inversion of access requirements due to digital business needs. o The role of NaaS and edge-integrated security services (SWG, CASB, Firewall, ZTNA, XDR) in addressing dynamic access needs. -Adopting Zero Trust and Overcoming Implementation Challenges: o Insights into the pursuit of zero trust strategies and the hurdles with legacy infrastructures. o Practical steps for meaningful zero trust implementations within modernized networks. Learn More
Speakers:
CEO
Viking Technology Advisors, LLC
Sr. Manager of Cloud and Connectivity Engineering
Capital One
Chief Platform Officer
Netskope
Distinguished Engineer
Capital One
President, CEO and Founder
Alkira

With network equipment vendors and communications service providers hyping solutions for Network-as-a-Service, 2024 is shaping up to be "The Year Of NaaS". However, the proliferation of NaaS offerings presents enterprise networking decision-makers with a bewildering set of options for their company's NaaS journey. Where do they start and what is their final destination? Learn More
Speakers:
CTO
Microland Limited
Principal Architect
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Associate Director
Merck

In the era of Generative AI (GenAI), managing and aggregating vast amounts of data from varied geographic locations poses significant challenges, especially when dealing with legacy network infrastructures. This panel discussion delves into the complexities of data movement and aggregation necessary for the effective deployment of near real-time GenAI applications. We will explore the intricacies of handling sensitive data, the cost implications of data movement in public clouds, the issues arising from data silos, and the optimal network topologies needed to support GenAI. Our panel of experts will provide insights into balancing data movement costs, latency, computational expenses, and data protection to strategically position GenAI operations. Agenda: -Challenges of Data Aggregation and Movement: Learn More
Speakers:
Vice President Technology, Chief Technology Advisor
World Wide Technology
Global Practice Leader – AI & Analytics
Pure Storage
Vice President, AI Solutions
VAST Data
Network Automation Architect
Citi
Senior Practice Manager - High Performance Architecture and AI
World Wide Technology

3:00 pm

In this closed-door roundtable, IT leaders will engage in a candid discussion about the integration of AI in the networking and security stacks. Participants will share concerns, experiences, challenges, and strategies related to implementing AI networking solutions. Key topics will include balancing innovation with risk, scaling AI initiatives, and addressing the talent gap in AI and automation. This session adheres to Chatham House Rules, ensuring a private and open dialogue, free from external influences. Learn More
Speakers:
Architecture Director - Global Enterprise Architecture
Evernorth Health Services
Chief Product Officer
Gluware, Inc.
Board Member
ONUG
Co-Founder & CEO
Bordo AI
Head of Technology
Nokia

The proliferation of highly mobile enterprise end points is driving the need for distributed cloud architectures that provide seamless connectivity to computing resources, regardless of the location of user devices. Due to its performance, reliability, security and mobility advantages, 5G is emerging as the preferred mode of wireless connectivity. At the same time, the majority of mobile cloud computing resources will be dedicated to AI workloads, which has implications for AI networking and AI edge infrastructure. How is device connectivity assured across a combination of public and private 5G networks? How do applications gain access to computing resources based on throughput, latency and processing requirements? Attend this session to learn from experts who will discuss the leading market trends, technical challenges and business benefits of AI networking for the enterprise mobile cloud. Learn More
Speakers:
ONUG CTO
ONUG
Founder and CEO
Highway 9 Networks
Head of Technology, Enterprise
Nokia Mobile Networks, NA

In an era where digital transformation is paramount, enterprises are rapidly adopting hybrid multi-cloud networks to support their expanding business needs. This integration, however, brings forth significant challenges in maintaining security, connectivity, and cost-effectiveness across diverse trust domains. The "Navigating the Future" panel at the ONUG AI Networking Summit 2024 aims to address these challenges head-on. Through a deep dive into AI-powered solutions, this session will explore innovative strategies to streamline connectivity, enhance security, and optimize costs in hybrid multi-cloud environments. Join us to uncover the transformative potential of AI in secure networking and how it can lead to a more simplified, trusted infrastructure for the digital enterprise. Learn More
Speakers:
Information Security Advisor
FedEx
Field CISO Team Leader
Oracle Cloud Engineering
Global Director of Public Cloud Architecture and Engineering
Fortinet
Sr. Director, Security Product Management
Cisco

4:00 pm

The CSNF Capture the Flag wrap-up session will provide participants with the the opportunity to weigh in on the advantages of utilizing CSNF when analyzing complex multicloud security threats. The Q&A session with key members of the ONUG CSNF project team will allow participants to ask questions and get feedback from the CSNF Project Team based on their experience of using it over the 2 day Capture the Flag event. The session will close with the awarding of prizes to the CSNF CTF winners and a discussion on the future direction for CSNF. Learn More