"This is an exciting time to explore the wide range of innovations occurring in the marketplace, and we are thrilled that Interop is the choice event for exhibitors to introduce their new products and services," said Interop general manager Lenny Heymann, of UBM TechWeb, in a statement.
(UBM TechWeb is the parent organization of InformationWeek.com.)
Technologies on display at Interop's Expo Hall, which features roughly 300 vendors and opens at 10 am daily starting April 27, cover the gamut of IT products and services—from infrastructure components such as servers and storage systems, to new-wave architectures like cloud computing.
A pre-show survey revealed that 53% of attendees plan to increase IT spending in their organizations in 2010, while 95% of pre-registered attendees are active technology purchasers. Their top buying priorities span a range of areas, including security, network infrastructure, energy management, virtualization, video conferencing, and cloud services, according to the survey.
"We'll explore these new technologies next week, providing a comprehensive view of the latest industry advancements that are helping drive success in today's business technology market," said Heymann.
Interop organizers, along with InformationWeek Analytics, have also announced the finalists for this year's Best of Interop Awards, which will be presented at the show on April 28.
In the Cloud Computing category, finalists include IBM, for its Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud service; ManageEngine, for ServiceDesk Plus On-Demand; and Morphlabs, Inc., for its mClouds offering.
Collaboration finalists include Alcatel-Lucent, for OmniTouch 8082 My IC Phone; Vidyo, Inc., for VidyoDesktop Executive Videoconferencing; and Zoho Corporation's Zoho Projects. The finalist in Data Center and Storage are Cisco Systems, for Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization; Ixia, for Native Fibre Channel Test Solution; and Mellanox Technologies, for BridgeX 5020.
Infrastructure finalists are 3Com Corp, for the H3C S9500E Series of modular core switches; Arista Networks, for a new addition to the Arista 7000 line of data center and cloud networking switches; and Elliptical Mobile Solution, for the Relocatable Adaptive Suspension Equipment Rack.
In the category of Network Management, Monitoring and Testing, the finalists are Apposite Technologies, for Netropy Network Emulation; ExtraHop Networks, for Network Timeout; and Gigamon, for GigaSMART.
Finalists for Performance Optimization include Blue Coat Systems, for Blue Coat ProxySG Virtual Appliance; Cisco, for Cisco WAAS for Public Clouds; and Spirent Communications, for Spirent Avalanche Virtual.
Up for the award in the Security category are Astaro Corporation, for Astaro RED; Cisco, for Cisco ASA 5500 Series Version 8.3; and 3Com's TippingPoint, for TippingPoint Virtual Controller (vController).
In Virtualization, the finalists are Citrix Systems, for XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 1; Extreme Networks, for Direct Attach (NW Virtualization Architecture); and ManageEngine, for ManageEngine Applications Manager.
Finally, in the category of Wireless and Mobility, the finalists are AirWatch, for AirWatch 5.10; AppRiver, for AppRiver Secure Hosted Exchange; and Cisco, for an upcoming addition to its Aironet series of Access Points.
Beyond the nine category awards, Best of Interop prizes will also go to the top vendor overall, the best startup, and the best developer of eco-friendly products.