The ONUG Community Award Ceremony

Fall 2021

The ONUG Board recognizes and thanks Rens Troost, Global Head of Cloud Strategy and Technology at Virtual Clarity, a DXC Technology Company for outstanding industry contributions and continuing support of ONUG and the ONUG community.


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.

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 Head of Cloud Strategy and Technology at Virtual Clarity, a DXC Technology company

Rens Troost leads DXC Technology’s Cloud Right™ initiative, having joined DXC with the acquisition of Virtual Clarity. Rens is global head of cloud strategy and technology and a founder of Virtual Clarity. A hands-on leader in the strategy and practice of enterprise digital transformation, he focuses on unlocking the business value of IT in both advisory and executive roles. He is equally at home in the largest mission-critical financial IT environments and in building high performing startups from the ground up.

At Virtual Clarity Rens and his team built a highly effective specialist business focused on whole stack technology transformation for complex enterprises, with a strong but not exclusive focus on financial services, leading to the 2019 sale of the business to DXC. His prior career includes roles at UBS, Lehman Brothers, Moore Capital Management and NAME Inc. Rens has served on a number of public company boards in executive and nonexecutive capacities including NAME.COMSMTP.COM and SharpSpring, and he mentors emerging technology leaders.

Rens holds a degree from Columbia University in New York and lives in London.

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