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Cisco at ONUG Fall 2020

October 14–15, 2020 | Virtual

Deploy. Connect. Secure. Operate.

Enabling the cloud native enterprise.

Get the latest ideas and best practices on digital transformation, including building, running, and securing the Enterprise Cloud, at ONUG Fall 2020 – taking place virtually October 14-15.

Register now to join Cisco during the event, where will be participating as a Digital Innovator Sponsor and will have sponsored speaking sessions, 1:1 engagements, and a booth in the virtual exhibit hall. Bookmark this page and check back often for additional details and exclusive content related to the event.

Event overview

ONUG is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing open networking and software-defined networking (SDN) designs.

ONUG Fall 2020, scheduled for October 14-15, focuses on “acceleration to the enterprise cloud” – the essential business platform in the post-COVID world. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and network on ONUG’s fully immersive, interactive digital platform via panel sessions, interactive Q&As, keynotes, and a virtual exhibit hall.

Speaking sessions

Evolving Your Data Center Network from Cloud Ready to Cloud Native

Wednesday, October 14 | 12:10–1:00 pm EST | Main stage

What if you could connect your existing network automation platform with a cloud native network platform using standard integration points. You can express your infrastructure’s environment as a set of network services across physical, virtual, and cloud native environments. If the business logic is removed from the underlay then an intent-driven model can consume network services based on workload needs while optimizing for desired service level objectives. The workloads will be free of all the structural logic that keeps them bound to a specific data center underlay and thus can more freely move between private and public clouds as well as between clouds without the necessity to change application deployment rules. In short, is shifting infrastructure from cloud ready to cloud native the best approach to transition workloads for the cloud?

Moderator: Christopher Liljenstolpe

Panelists: Parantap Lahiri, Charles Greenaway, Abby Kearns, Carlos Matos

Christopher Liljenstolpe

Chief Cloud Architect, Cloud | Cisco

Parantap Lahiri

VP, Network and Datacenter
Engineering | eBay

Charles Greenaway

Customer CTO | BT Global

Carlos Matos

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Risk | JPMChase


Abby Kearns

CTO | Puppet

Cultivating Women for IT Roles, Strategies and Approaches

Thursday, October 15 | 11:50 am–12:25 pm EST | Main stage

During ONUG Digital Live last May, the ONUG Board challenged the community to hire 50% women into IT roles by 2025, but the fact is there are not enough women to fill 50% of the roles. We need to cultivate women for these roles because it's not possible to hire 50% women and 50% men with the current woman-based talent pool. In this roundtable session, cultivating strategies and approaches to hiring women in technical roles is shared by hiring managers and HR. Come with your questions and be ready to share and learn.

Moderator: Suzan Mahboob

Panelists: Serpil Bayraktar, Renee Galitis, Janice MacDonald

Suzan Mahboob

Lead Programs Engineer | Blizzard Entertainment

Serpil Bayraktar

Distinguished Engineer | Cisco

Renee Galitis

CIO | Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

Janice MacDonald

VP, IT Product Management | Fidelity Investments

Automating Cisco Nexus Switches with gNMI and Open Source Tools

Proof of concept (POC) session | On demand

In this session, we’ll showcase Cisco’s recent gNMI implementation and the ecosystem integration with Telegraf and the overall TICK stack. We’ll also highlight one way to do infrastructure as code to automatically configure an NXOS device using open source tools and how gNMI is used to stream switch telemetry.

Shangxin Du

Technical Marketing Engineer | Cisco

Cisco: Driving the Revolution of Secure Networking with SASE

Wednesday, October 14 | 4:50–5:20 pm EST | Open session

Secure networking was easier when users worked out of a main office and the data they needed was in the data center. Now users—and the workloads they access—are more distributed. Networking and security can’t deliver a secure, extensible network by operating in silos. They need to join forces in a SaaS-consumable architecture and deliver services closer to users, in the cloud, and at the edge. Join Cisco Umbrella to hear how you can move toward a SASE architecture.

Jonny Noble

Lead Technical Marketing Engineer |
Cisco Umbrella

Hear more from ThousandEyes

In addition to all our Cisco sessions, make sure not to miss the great content from ThousandEyes, now a part of Cisco. Join Angelique Medina, Director of Product Marketing for their PoC session “Overlays, Underlays, Oh My! Optimizing Performance for Your Remote Workforce”.

This session will demonstrate how you can gain visibility into your VPN and SD-WAN overlay performance, as well as Internet and private network underlay paths and correlate this visibility to application experience. You’ll see specific examples of how you can isolate issues across user WiFi, ISP, VPN and app performance, so you can reduce MTTI/MTTR and assure workforce productivity.

Win a Nest Hub

Once you register, be sure to add our two main stage live panel discussions, POC, and open speaking session to your attendee agenda.
Attend two or more Cisco sessions and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Nest Hub 7” Smart Display with Google Assistant.
See complete giveaway guidelines here.

Score a free tee

ThousandEyes, now a part of Cisco, also has a virtual booth with feature-packed demos and presentations. Visit the Cisco and ThousandEyes booths and receive a free WFH t-shirt! Limit one per attendee. 

New DevOps solutions with Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Explore cloud-native automation, a new DevNet automation journey, and ACI integration with IaC tools.

Cloud native automation

Embrace a DevOps model that accelerates application deployment.


Benefit from a try-before-you-deploy experience with DevNet sandboxes.

Cisco IaC integrations with HashiCorp and Red Hat

Achieve developer productivity using Cisco integrations with HashiCorp Terraform and Red Hat Ansible.

gNMI and OpenConfig on Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches

Cisco NX-OS now has new capabilities with OpenConfig and gRPC Network Management Interface (gNMI) support to provide an open and model-driven facility to automate data center networks.

Automating Cisco Nexus switches with gNMI and open source tools

Leveraging gNMI in conjunction with both OpenConfig and our native YANG models, Cisco NX-OS bring a modern approach to network telemetry, providing real-time, event driven visibility via an open, industry standard transport and format.

Model-driven programmability

Access the latest Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS programmability guide.


Take advantage of DevNet tools to help you learn about, adopt, and test Open NX-OS on the Cisco Nexus platform.

Learn more about SASE

Cisco’s special edition of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) For Dummies examines the changing network and security landscape, gaps in the existing security stack, and the steps you can take to keep your organization safe and secure as your network evolves. 

Developer DevNetZone

DevNet is Cisco’s developer program where developers and partners can connect, experiment, and innovate using Cisco technologies, products, and APIs. DevNet consists of technology innovations, software platforms, and tools needed to reach the full promise of the Software-Driven Enterprise. Our goal is to build the community of enterprise developers and innovators using DevNet’s key principles: learn, code, inspire, and connect – join us!

Make a social connection

Join the conversation during the event by connecting with @ONUG_ on Twitter using #ONUGFALL2020.

Follow @CiscoEvents, @CiscoCloud, and @CiscoDC for ongoing event updates.