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Interop: First Look At IT's Next Wave

Attendees at annual desert tech fest will be among first to get the scoop on latest offerings in critical areas like cloud computing, virtualization, storage, and security.

Interop Las Vegas 2010 opens Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and the event—which offers keynotes, conference sessions, and live exhibits--promises a close look at the technologies and trends that will define business computing in the months and even years ahead.

"Interop is the place where IT leaders come to shape the future for themselves and the industry; to see leading technology companies and new products in one place and effectively learn how to leverage technology that will help companies cut costs, improve collaboration and be more competitive in today's market," said Interop general manager Lenny Heymann.

Setting the stage for the show, which runs April 25-29, are a series of keynotes delivered by senior executives from a number of trendsetting hardware, software, and services vendors.

The keynotes are slated to begin April 27, starting at 8:30 am. Kicking things off will be Marius Haas, senior VP and general manager for Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve line of networking gear. Haas will focus on how IT infrastructures need to adapt and change to meet demands imposed by new architectures such as cloud computing, virtualization, and software-as-a-service (Saas).

Following Haas, Avaya president and CEO Kevin Kennedy will take the podium. Kennedy "will demonstrate how always-on, efficient and scalable data architectures can enable enterprises to tackle today’s communications challenges while laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s growth opportunities," according to show organizers at UBM TechWeb.

[UBM TechWeb is the parent company of InformationWeek.com].

Kennedy will be followed by Brett Galloway, senior VP for Cisco's Wireless, Security, and Routing Technology group.

Galloway will talk about the steps enterprises need to take to build an infrastructure capable of supporting an employee base that increasingly wants to work from anywhere, at anytime, using the mobile technologies and social networking tools they've become accustomed to employing in their personal lives.

The final keynote is slated for Wednesday, April 28 at 8:30 am, and will feature Kristof Kloeckner, chief technology officer for IBM's Cloud Computing efforts.

Kloeckner will examine the pros and cons of tapping applications and data over the Internet, and will discuss the various delivery and business models that are emerging around cloud computing.

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