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Top 6 Workshops From Interop NY

The results are in! Check out the six workshops that got the highest marks from attendees at Interop New York.

Interop New York brought technology experts and IT leaders to the Javits Center to share their expertise through a program of workshops and conference sessions. Workshops are half-day or full-day programs that dive deep into subjects such as security, cloud, mobility, and networking.

Attendees had an opportunity to rate the content and instructor for every workshop, and the results are in.

Here’s the six most highly-rated workshops from Interop New York 2014. If you weren’t able to attend, we’ll bring back many of these speakers, plus a slate of new content, for Interop Las Vegas. You can also download the presentations for workshops from Interop New York here.

Deep Packet Inspection With Wireshark and Practical Ethernet and Switched Network Troubleshooting 

Mike Pennacchi, owner and lead network analyst for Network Protocol Specialists, is a long-serving Interop instructor whose hands-on courses are a top draw for engineers, managers, and administrators. Attendees learn how to make the most of useful tools and get effective techniques they can bring home to help them identify, diagnose, and resolve problems.

Mike’s workshops are routinely among the highest-rated of the Interop program because of his teaching style and practical approach.

Creative Leadership

Innovation and new ideas are essential to organizations that want to thrive. However, many companies aren’t equipped to encourage creativity or take the risks that are necessary to drive innovation.  Leadership trainer Rob Cordova presented a half-day program designed to help IT pros tap into their own creativity and the creativity of their teams.

Attendees came away with practical strategies for encouraging innovation and building a creative climate within their own organizations.

One attendee commented that the workshop provided “material I can apply immediately. Networking with other members was an additional benefit.” Another said “Bring this guy back! Great presenter, great speaker, great workshop.”

Acknowledge the Inevitable: How To Prepare For, Respond To, And Recover From A Security Incident

When it comes to infosec attackers have the advantage, which means diligent IT shops can do everything right and still suffer a breach.

John Pironti, a risk management expert at IP Architects and Security Track Chair for Interop, presented a day-long program aimed at helping organizations understand, manage, and minimize security risks. It also offered guidance for incident response and business resiliency in the face of attacks. As one attendee noted, the workshop “already paid off coming to NY!”

Designing Infrastructure For Private Clouds

A private cloud offers many benefits to an IT organization, including scalability, elasticity, and faster provisioning of resources. But building a private cloud is more than just virtualizing a handful of servers.

Ivan Pepelnjak, who hosts the popular blog IP Space, taught a half-day workshop on the key elements required to build a private cloud, including orchestration software, storage, and networking components.

BYOD: Why And How IT Should Embrace Mobility

The rise of smartphones, tablets, and pervasive wireless connectivity has changed the game for IT. Employees, partners, and customers expect mobile services, whether it’s using a personal device at the office, interacting with your business via an app, or being able to connect to the network in a conference room, cafeteria, or coffee shop down the street.

Michael Finneran, principal at dBrn Associates, presented a day-long workshop that tackled essential mobility topics including the newest developments in cellular and Wi-Fi, sensible BYOD policies and tools, and the implications of mobile app development for IT.

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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