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Top 8 Sessions At Interop New York

From security to applications to workplace diversity, the top eight Interop New York sessions span the IT gamut.

One of the strengths of Interop as an independent tech conference is the variety of topics and range of expert speakers it offers. That strength is borne out in the list of eight sessions that earned the highest rankings from attendees.

Subjects in these sessions range from workplace diversity (or the lack of it) to active-active data centers, with security, storage, collaboration and wireless also reaching the elite eight.

Many of these speakers will join us again at Interop Las Vegas, so make your plans now to join us at Mandalay Bay for five days hands-on workshops and strategic sessions on the most pressing issues facing IT professionals, plus a compelling slate of keynote speakers.

In the meantime, here’s the eight sessions that earned the highest rankings from attendees.

Programming Diversity

Developer and consultant Ashe Dryden examined the causes behind the deplorable lack of diversity in tech, laid out the reasons why diverse workforces have benefits for business as well as society, and offered steps that individuals and companies can take to create positive change.

The Yin And Yang Of Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi

Lee Badman, a wireless engineer and Network Computing contributor, drilled into cloud-managed WLANs as the next generation of WLAN technology, and looked at the pros and cons of cloud WLAN deployments.

The Wireless Engineer’s Essential Toolkit

George M. Stefanick, a wireless network architect, shared his slate of must-have tools for WLAN designers, engineers and administrators. These included free and low-cost packet sniffers and survey tools, as well as premium management suites.

Lessons Learned Operating Active/Active Data Centers

Ethan Banks is a network architect and co-host of the popular Packet Pushers podcast. His session examined the challenges of running active/active data centers, including network bandwidth & latency, real time vs. non-real time data synchronization, inbound customer traffic routing, and more. The session was based on his own experience helping to design active/active data centers.

Software-Defined Storage: Reality Or BS?

Howard Marks is founder and Chief Scientist of, a consultancy. He’s also a long-time Network Computing contributor. Folks who know Howard know he has an incredible knowledge of storage technology. They also know that Howard tells it like it is. His session separated vision from reality on the software-defined trend that’s sweeping storage, and provided insight on how to build a storage infrastructure that can take advantage of new technology.

How The Software-Defined WAN Changes Everything For The Better

Greg Ferro is a network architect and Packet Pushers co-host. Like Howard, Greg isn’t shy about sharing his opinion. His session tackled the disruption in the WAN market caused by SDN and evaluated technologies that are making WANs more flexible and less expensive.

Emerging Tools And Trends In Hacking

Security is a persistent issue for IT. David Rhoades, a senior consultant at Maven Security Consulting, delved into the newest trends in hacker tools and exploits, including live demos, to help IT pros understand the state of the art in infosec, and better equip themselves against the latest challenges.

Cisco Vs. Microsoft: Which Should Be Your Communications Vendor?

Cisco and Microsoft are squaring off in a battle to dominate the Unified Communications market. Brent Kelly, principal analyst at KelCor, examined key differences between Cisco’s Jabber/Unified Communications Server and Microsoft’s Lynch, including features and cost. He also provided guidance on how organizations should evaluate their own requirements and existing relationships with these vendors to make the right choice.

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

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