Heading for ONUG 2014

Peter Welcher
Architect, Operations Technical Advisor

On Sunday afternoon 5/4/2014 I’ll be heading to New York City. I’ll be joining some of the Tech Field Day bloggers extraordinaire on Monday and Tuesday 5/5-6/2014, for Tech Field Day at ONUG 2014 (Open Networking User Group, NYC, 2014).

The Tech Field Day group will be attending all but the customer-only sessions. During those times, we’ll be having discussion sessions with HP Networking, Glue Networks, and Nuage Networks. I’m told the sessions will be recorded but not live-streamed. I wouldn’t be surprised if edited versions get posted after the event.

I’m quite looking forward to this. I’ve certainly consumed my share of Cisco ACI Kool Aid and DFA Punch. But I’m trying to keep an open mind about other forms of SDN, and listening to SDN customer perspectives and vendor points of view outside my comfort zone is important to me. On your (and my) behalf I’ll try to ask some good questions. I’m also looking forward to this because I like to travel (within reason), although I now seem to be over-compensating for a travel drought.

You can expect the usual burst of Tweet and Blog activity that goes with such events, not only from me but from the other delegates.

Looking further forward, on Saturday 5/17/2014 I’ll be heading off to Cisco Live, to co-present a four hour Nexus 7K Lab Session with Barry Gursky of FireFlyEducate. And then attending sessions and quizzing vendors at their booths. For those who also be attending, I hope to see you there!

Hashtags: #ONUG #netcraftsmen #TFD

Twitter: @pjwelcher

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.