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Virtualization, cloud computing to dominate Interop

Jon Brodkin, Network World | April 18, 2011
Interop Las Vegas will focus on virtualization, cloud computing, the impact of social technologies and smartphones on work, and much more.

Speaker - Ben Rothke, Senior Security Consultant, British Telecom

11:30 a.m. The new age of WAN optimization

Deploying a WAN optimization controller yourself or obtaining one as part of a managed service aren't the only ways to handle "chatty protocols and the need to transmit large files" anymore. As the lineup of Interop sessions comes to a

close, this panel will debate the pros and cons of various new WAN approaches, including software-as-a-service providers that offer network and application optimization functionality and WAN services with embedded optimization functionality.

Moderator - Jim Metzler, Vice President, Ashton Metzler & AssociatesPanelist - Mark Weiner, Senior Vice President of Marketing, VirtelaPanelist – Neil Cohen,, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Akamai TechnologiesPanelist - Tony Kourlas, Business Services Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Pick of the day

InteropNet tour and OpenFlow Lab

The InteropNet, the network that powers the Interop conference, is among the most impressive temporary computing networks in the world. The network is sponsored by Cisco, VMware, F5 Networks, HP, McAfee and many others, and this year features an OpenFlow Lab to help attendees examine the emerging OpenFlow network standard.

Interop network experts will use OpenFlow to demonstrate "How to extend a single management domain across a physical and virtual switch infrastructure made up of devices from a variety of vendors … how to provide unique load balancing functionality … [and] how to create an intelligent network based QOS for VoIP in a converged network."

Engineer-led tours of the InteropNet will run for a half hour at both 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, as well as several times each on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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