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InteropNet: We Build It New Every Year
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ChrisDunnGator
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ChrisDunnGator,
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2/17/2014 | 10:30:14 AM
A great event to be part of as a participant, volunteer, or vendor
We at ScienceLogic have worked with the folks at Interop for a number of years now and every single time we've had the privilege of monitoring for the show, we've had an absolute blast. First, the Interop staff and volunteers are nothing short of amazing. Second the participants at the event are truly some of the smartest in the industry. Third, the vendors we get to interact with while monitoring the network at the event, are offering some of the most cutting edge technology on the market. 
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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2/12/2014 | 6:03:55 PM
Re: InteropNet for Volunteers
It should also be noted just how much happens at InteropNet thanks to volunteers! It's an amazing contribution of a lot of peoples' time and effort, and the conference is the better for it.
BrandonRoss
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BrandonRoss,
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2/12/2014 | 12:44:59 PM
Re: Behind the scenes
Avaya's SPB (shortest path bridging) is pretty interesting to me.  We used SPB last year as well, but this year I'm hoping to get even more hands on with it and continue forming my personal evaluation of the technology.  Of course I'm a routing/switching guy, so those sorts of things tend to interest me.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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2/12/2014 | 12:34:34 PM
Re: Behind the scenes
Brandon, thanks for the additional info. Is there anything you're paticularly excited about as far as the design for the network this year?
BrandonRoss
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BrandonRoss,
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2/11/2014 | 5:03:02 PM
Re: Behind the scenes
We've already started planning for the Vegas event.  Next week we'll be staging all of the equipment, that will take us nearly 2 weeks to do.  There's about half a dozen volunteers, plus quite a few people contributed by the hardware and software contributors.
BrandonRoss
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BrandonRoss,
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2/11/2014 | 5:01:56 PM
InteropNet for Volunteers
Not just the equipment and software contributors, but for us volunteers, building it fresh each years gives us a chance to do things we could never do in enterprise networks.  In the InteropNet, we are completley free of legacy equipment and requirements on the network.  We can design it "right" the first time, although we most certainly learn many lessons along the way.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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2/7/2014 | 4:26:39 PM
Behind the scenes
Glenn, thanks for the behind-the-scenes view of the InteropNet. I have taken the tour at the conference several times, but I never realized how much work went on so far in advance and that you had a Hot Stage in California. Exactly how far ahead do you start planning and how many people are involved?


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