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Interop New York: Spotlight On Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtualization

The networking techfest, Nov. 16-20, will illuminate today's most important IT trends and technologies.

Beyond the keynotes, Interop offers seminar tracks devoted to other key trends, products, and technologies. One such hot topic is networking, the crucial backbone of enterprise computing. Interop offers more than a dozen conference sessions, workshops, and free seminars devoted to this key technology.

Sessions include "The Next Generation Data Center Network," (Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m); "The Impact of Cloud Computing on Network Management," (Thursday, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.); and "IPv6: No Longer Optional," (Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m).

Security, which 53% of Interop attendees identified as their top priority for this year in terms of IT projects, is also front and center at Interop New York. Among the security track sessions are, "Five Common Mistakes in Securing Web Applications," (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.); "Your Employees Are Roaming—Is Your Confidential Information," (Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.); and "What's Wrong With The WAN Firewall," (Friday, 10-15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.)

Those interested in virtualization, which can dramatically reduce hardware and power costs, might want to catch the "Virtualization Technology Primer," (Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.); "Virtualization—Life In The Trenches," (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.); and "The Impact of IT Virtualization on Applications & Networks (Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Interop New York also features tracks dedicated to application delivery, the data center, Enterprise 2.0, governance, risk and compliance, Green IT, mobile business, storage, video conferencing, and VoIP and unified communications.

On the news front, more than 20 exhibitors plan to make major announcements at the show. HP ProCurve, for instance, will unveil new solutions designed to improve the efficiency of network applications for customers. Riverbed Technology will demonstrate new WAN optimization solutions for consolidating IT assets and building private clouds, while Geist plans to show off the EnviroNet line of infrastructure management tools it recently acquired from RLE Technologies.

"This year was more about the economy, next year is going to be about buyer choices," said Heymann.

Numerous other vendors will make significant announcements at the show—and the timing is good, said Heymann. "In terms of cloud computing, virtualization, network infrastructure, and other areas, we're seeing resurgent interest in buying," he said.

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