Event Review: ONUG Europe 2019

Those of you that attended ONUG Europe 2019 will know that there was a lot to take away from the day. The event celebrated all things digital transformation, with exchanges of ideas and insights at every turn. Topics covered included hybrid multi-cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automated and software-driven infrastructure, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) 2.0, and much more.

Succeeding with SD-WAN

One keynote that stood out for us in particular was that by Sebastian Vad Lorentzen at GlobalConnect and Atchison Frazer at Versa Networks. Together, they lend their expertise on succeeding with SD-WAN.

SD-WAN has great potential in driving the efforts of digital transformation. It enables businesses to move and react quickly – especially in comparison to traditional WAN counterparts. Thus, it makes a logical solution in an environment where organisations must continuously innovate.

In their keynote, Sebastian and Atchison delved further into how SD-WAN can be advantageous for digital transformation. In particular, they explored the ultimate goal of a managed network service provider: to deliver secure application traffic with superior end-user quality of experience. For more information, see here.

Reducing risks with a network model

Another keynote we enjoyed was presented by Lisa Garvey, VP at Forward Networks. Ahead of the curve, Lisa outlined how Forward’s advanced software zeros utilises digital twin technology.

This is especially relevant today given that digital twin technology is one of the marketplace’s most disruptive and innovative tools. In fact, predictions indicate that the digital twin environment will grow at a rate of 37% CAGR up to 2023.

As a refresher, digital twin technology syncs with its physical counterpart. The twin itself updates and upgrades automatically as the original asset evolves. Often, digital twin technologies integrate solutions such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and software analytics.

In Lisa’s keynote, she explored specific use cases and return on investment from employing a network model. For more information, see here.

Final thoughts

ONUG’s jam-packed agenda left no stone unturned in the digital transformation realm. Sade Hatcher, Client Manager here at EM360 had the following to say about the event:

“Expert insight was in clear abundance at ONUG Europe 2019. The keynotes addressed a number of up-and-coming technologies, all of which will undoubtedly become household names in enterprise tech. For organisations eager to embark on their digital transformation, ONUG was the perfect opportunity to learn how to navigate these new waters.”

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