Just returned from an awesome Open Networking User Group (ONUG) convention. If you’re intersted in the future of open systems, SDN or SD-WAN, you owe it to yourself to check out ONUG. The place was packed with users and great content. My summary of the event is posted over on the ONUG blog: 

ONUG Fall 2015 may be finished, but the implications and themes from the show will be with us for years to come. Center stage was the evolution of network infrastructure to software and the emerging open IT Frameworks. Software defined networking (SDN) is part of a broader IT transition toward open Software-Defined Infrastructure in the context of open IT Frameworks for enterprise systems. Keynotes and sessions explored how IT consumption models are changing IT service delivery and supply chain systemically throughout the IT industry.

ONUG co-founder and co-chair Nick Lippis set the stage for this conversation in his opening keynote, highlighting the relationship between IT consumption models, skill sets, and software-defined networking (SDN). “The biggest drag on IT is the lack of automation network orchestration,” said Lippis, “Networking represents 10 percent of the total cost of ownership (TCO), but drags down the other 90 percent of IT investment.” This shift to software is leading to increased infrastructure abstraction, which is driving an “exponential increase” in demand for new IT skill sets. The conflict between infrastructure DevOps wanting to hide the nuances of network operations and networkers who value deep infrastructure knowledge is driving demand of a new IT skill set – the full stack engineer….. (Continue here)

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