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OpenNMS ( ) is the world's first enterprise grade network and compute infrastructure management platform developed entirely according to the open source model.

This meetup is aimed at CIO's, operations managers, architects and DevOps practitioners in service providers and large enterprises who are wondering whether the OpenNMS platform could offer them a competitive advantage in addressing customer facing SLA's.

Talk 1. The State of OpenNMS - Tarus Balog

Tarus Balog is the CEO of the OpenNMS Group, and has been involved in managing communications networks professionally since 1988, and unprofessionally since 1978 when he got his first computer - a TRS-80 from Radio Shack.

Having worked as a network management consultant for many years, he was constantly frustrated in the lack of flexibility involved in commercial solutions such as OpenView and Tivoli, as well as shocked by their high prices. Looking for a better solution, he turned to open source and joined the OpenNMS project in 2001 and become the principal administrator of the project in 2002.

Since then he has managed not only to make a living working with free software, but the OpenNMS Group, the services company behind the project, has thrived, and currently has over 150 customers in 26 countries.

Running a business is hard and running a successful open source business is (perhaps) harder. Tarus will give and overview of how he came to found the OpenNMS project and some insights into why he believes open source is a better business model both for suppliers and customers. He will discuss the business benefits of OpenNMS and what customers should look for when considering a commercially supported open source product.

Talk 2. Cool new stuff in OpenNMS - Craig Gallen

Dr. Craig Gallen has worked for many years in the field of Network Management and was a product manager for Nortel Networks. His doctoral research was into the use of open source network management solutions in service providers which lead him to become a committer to the OpenNMS project. He now provides OpenNMS consultancy through his own company entimOSS Ltd which is the UK partner of the OpenNMS group in the USA.

Craig will give a technical overview of OpenNMS with a particular emphasis on the 'cool new features' which are about to be released by the community including a very large scale data back end using Cassandra.

Doors open at 18:15 with presentation beginning at 19:00.

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