Network Cloud Working Group Update: The Network Edge – Defining Network Elasticity in Today’s Rapidly Changing WAN Market

Spring 2023

The network edge is becoming an increasingly important aspect of wide area networking as organizations look to support the growing number of devices and services at the edge of the network. With the rapid changes in the WAN market, it’s essential for networks to be able to adapt and scale quickly to meet the demands of today’s dynamic business environment. This session will explore the concept of network elasticity, which is the ability of a network to expand and contract on-demand in response to changing network conditions.

The Network Cloud Working Group presents its ONUG Network Cloud Playbook. Highlights include how enterprises should be thinking about cloud edge strategies for maximum cost efficiencies and time-to-market deployments. We will discuss the latest trends and technologies in network edge, including edge computing, SD-WAN and 5G, and how they can be used to create more elastic networks.

Session Outline:
-Introduction: The importance of network elasticity in today’s rapidly changing WAN market
-Overview of network edge and its role in creating more elastic networks
-Edge computing, SD-WAN and 5G technologies and how they can be used to create more elastic networks
-Network edge architecture and design best practices
-Case studies of organizations that have successfully implemented network edge solutions
-Security considerations for network edge solutions
-Future trends and developments in network edge
-Conclusion and Q&A

Target Audience:
IT professionals, network architects, cloud architects, and anyone interested in learning about the latest developments in network edge and network elasticity in today’s rapidly changing WAN market.


Steve Wood is a Distinguished Engineer and Product Architect providing strategic direction for SD-WAN, Cloud, Network-as-a-Service and Enterprise Networking products in Cisco’s Enterprise Network Group. A 20-year veteran of Cisco, his expertise spans ASIC design,  Routing, 3G/4G and Wifi Mobility as well as Cloud and Enterprise Architecture. He is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies worldwide deploying networks to solve business problems, through deep knowledge of platform technology and network design. He is chair of the ONUG Network Cloud working group.

Growing a technology team to develop an enhanced set of Practices and Solutions that will accelerate an enterprise’s Digital Transformation. Microland is enabling enterprises to adopt newer technologies, enhance productivity and provide deeper insights to gain business competitive advantage.

Chris Cheu is an experienced leader with Evernorth Health Services, a part of the Cigna Group. Besides learning the ever evolving Healthcare Business, he has a focus on driving engineering maturity, infrastructure simplification and hybrid cloud strategy for Evernorth. Prior to Cigna, Chris had technology and leadership roles ranging from computer system programming, infrastructure engineering to leading some of the very challenging M&A and divestiture infrastructure programs for global enterprises. Over 30 years, Chris gained deep expertise through hands-on experience in building global network services, securing IT infrastructure, integrating Data Centers with cloud (XaaS) services, and IT service management. Chris is passionate to deliver business results through strategic planning, innovation and execution.

Chris holds a MSECE from University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Chris is currently based in Bloomfield, CT.

Zaheer is a distinguished technology leader with over 25 years of experience in networking, security, and cloud. He currently serves as the Services Incubation Lead for SASE and SDWAN at Cisco Customer Experience, having joined the company through its acquisition of Viptela. Zaheer is a recognized expert in his field, having authored two books – “Cloud Scaled Cisco SD-WAN Solution” and “Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols” – and holding multiple patents. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry events such as ONUG and CiscoLive, where he shares his insights on the latest trends in networking and security. In addition to his professional achievements, Zaheer is also a passionate coach and mentor, helping to develop the next generation of technology leaders. When he’s not working, Zaheer enjoys playing cricket and ping pong, and spending time with his family.

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