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How Can IT Departments Conquer SDN & BYOD Challenges?

Two hot keynote panels offer actionable advice for IT pros



Interop’s main stage will feature two keynote panels focused on the challenges and opportunities BYOD and SDN present to enterprise IT.

BYOD: Not just a trend, but a state of mind
Business users are demanding unlimited mobile access to the information they need—on the newest devices they can get. But with so many different types of mobile devices, is this model sustainable? According to Gartner, the unexpected consequences of BYOD programs are doubling or even tripling the size of the mobile workforce. On Thursday, April 3, Interop mobility experts will present examples of real enterprises’ BYOD strategies. Led by UBM Tech Director of Editorial Susan Nunziata, the panelists will outline IT and security pitfalls and share actionable advice to prepare IT infrastructures. Panelists include:

• Steve Brar, Manager, Global Product Marketing, HP Networking
• Brian Robison, Principal Technology Evangelist, Citrix XenMobile
• Mike Schutz, General Manager Windows Server and Management, Microsoft

SDN: Where is it headed?
SDN implementations are beginning to deliver real enterprise value as product sets mature and IT professionals gain a better understanding of how SDN can enhance networking capabilities. 451 Research Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman will bring together SDN thought leaders from different regions of networking to discuss what’s happening with SDN and lend predictions for its future. The following panelists will present during the Wednesday, April 2, SDN keynote:
• Arpit Joshipura, Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Dell Networking
• Steve Shah, Senior Director of Product Management, Citrix
• Dominic Wilde, Vice President of Global Product Line Management, HP Networking

“We’ve seen the debut of SDN deployments and their ability to better align the network to applications. And BYOD is now forcing changes in policies, applications and even network architecture,” says Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. “With so much recent movement in mobility and SDN, these two practical panel discussions—and all keynote sessions—are must-sees.”

We will also hear from C-Level execs from Symantec, Deloitte and ASCD on the Interop stage, on the critical need for IT expertise at the top.

Keynote sessions will take place Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 from 8:30 to 10:15 am. For the complete keynote schedule visit the website.

Register now for Interop Las Vegas. Use the code SMBLOG to get $200 off the current price of Total Access and Conference Passes. We hope you will join us in Las Vegas in two weeks!

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