The Interop conference and exhibition features vendors from all branches of IT, but it's still considered the networking world's premier show, with major vendors using the week to launch new networking products and announce their strategic direction.
Interop Las Vegas 2011 carries on this tradition, with large networking players staking their claims in the increasingly important territory of cloud computing, and emphasizing the importance of the open standards that drive networking infrastructure, all while looking for an advantage in a quietly unfolding standards war that will help shape the complexion of cloud solutions for years to come.
InternetNews.com's senior editor and networking expert Sean Michael Kerner is on the floor at Interop, bringing reports and analysis to Enterprise Networking Planet. Check back in here for the most important Interop news.
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