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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.

The Interop IT conference and exhibition hits New York City's Jacob Javits Conventon Center Nov. 16-20, and organizers say the pre-Thanksgiving event will offer up a bounty of news and information on the year's hottest tech trends—including cloud computing, virtualization, security, and network infrastructure management.

"So many innovations have come to market this year," said Interop general manager Lenny Heymann, in an interview. "These are technologies that are going to grab people's attention, starting in New York," said Heymann.

Perhaps more than any other new architecture, cloud computing is in the spotlight this year. A host of major vendors, including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and others have rolled out new cloud offerings that promise to revolutionize the way IT resources are delivered to the enterprise.

To give attendees a full understanding of the possibilities and limits of cloud computing, Interop New York is offering a one-day, intensive workshop, called CloudCamp, on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:15 to 7:00 p.m. "It allows everyone to play catch up on cloud computing," said Heymann.

Regular conference sessions on cloud computing include, "Should SaaS Be Your Next Development Environment," (Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.); "Never Buy A Server Again: Should You Move Everything To On-Demand," (Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.); and "The Right Approach To Cloud Storage," (Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Interop's keynote speakers will focus on other topics that will be top-of-mind for CIOs and IT managers in the coming months.

Citrix Systems president and CEO Mark Templeton kicks off the conference portion of the show on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9:00 a.m. with his keynote, "Transforming Enterprise IT: From the Datacenter to the Desktop."

Templeton's talk will focus on how enterprises can simplify their IT environments to allow for greater centralization of management, how virtual appliances can be harnessed to enhance network load balancing, acceleration, and security, and how desktop virtualization can offer a more effective path to desktop deployment.

Templeton will also focus on how organizations can best leverage cloud services, and which areas of cloud computing are "not yet ready for prime time."

Templeton will be immediately followed on stage by Marie Hattar, VP for Network Systems and Security Solutions at Cisco. Hattar will discuss how a "borderless" network architecture can help companies deal with today's 24x7, always-on corporate computing environment, where employees increasingly are using a wide range of computing devices—in the office, at home, and on the road—to accomplish business tasks.

Hattar will also unveil for the first time a new Cisco security innovation designed to help IT professionals ensure network security in the borderless world.

Wrapping up the keynotes will be New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, who reviews more than 200 products a year for the newspaper. "If anyone can identify the breakthroughs, he can," Interop organizers note. They describe Pogue's presentation as "half talk, half magic show."

Pogue's past keynotes have included demonstrations on how to get free directory assistance on your cell phone, a pocket camera that instantly beams photos to Flickr, and a music player that can wirelessly download songs from a catalog of more than 2 million tracks.

For those unable to attend the keynotes in person, the talks will be streamed live over Interop's Web site.

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