ONUG Roundtable: Multi-Cloud Networking: Reality vs. Myths

Spring 2023

As organizations increasingly adopt multi-cloud strategies, understanding the capabilities and limitations of multi-cloud networking is crucial. In this session, we will explore the current state of multi-cloud networking and separate fact from fiction.

We will discuss the benefits and challenges of multi-cloud networking and review the various technologies and solutions available to address them. We will also examine real-world examples of multi-cloud networking in action and explore best practices for implementing and managing multi-cloud networks. This session will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the reality of multi-cloud networking and to dispel some of the myths that have arisen around this topic. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences with multi-cloud networking. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of the realities of multi-cloud networking and be equipped to make informed decisions about their own multi-cloud strategies.

Session Outline:
-Introduction: The basics of multi-cloud networking and its benefits
-Overview of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding multi-cloud networking
-Discussion by panel of experts on the reality of multi-cloud networking
-Q&A and open discussion for attendees to ask questions and share their own experiences with multi-cloud networking
-Conclusion and summary

Target Audience: IT professionals, network architects, cloud architects, and anyone interested in learning about the reality of multi-cloud networking and dispelling the myths.

This is a closed door session and will not be live streamed or recorded


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.

Brent joined Raytheon in 1998 as a network engineering consultant, today he is a Digital Technology Fellow and lead Network Architect at Raytheon Technologies.

Murali Gandluru is the Vice President of Strategy (Product & GTM) for Software
Networking Business Unit in the IBM Software group, where he is presently
responsible for delivering innovative application-centric, hybrid/multi-cloud
networking products around automation, orchestration, observability, and

Murali is a product executive with over 22 years of experience in building multiple
billion-dollar product-line businesses in the infrastructure space spanning both public
companies and startups, including: Arrcus, DuploCloud, Cisco: Nexus/ACI, ASR, and
at Oracle. At Arrcus, he served as VP of Product Management/Marketing, a venture-
backed firm that he helped launch out of stealth through Series A/B/C with a
disruptive software-powered, open multi-domain networking solutions. He also
served as Sr. Director of Product Mgmt. at Cisco Systems following the acquisition of
the pioneering Software Defined Networking (SDN) startup Insieme Networks.

Murali has a MS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and a B.Tech
in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Varanasi. He is an
alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite! startup program. In his
spare time, Murali maintains a keen interest in soccer, music and theatre.

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