Riding Out The Slowdown, Speeding Up Networks

With evidence mounting that the U.S. US economy is slowing down, you’d
think it was a tough time to attract paying customers to a big IT
conference.

Tough times are often the best time to invest in infrastructure.

Networks can provide competitive and productivity advantages that are
even more important in lean times than in boom times. It’s those
advantages that vendors of all sizes and shapes will be promoting at
Interop in Las Vegas as it kicks off the week of April 28th.

Speed is a key theme this year with 10GbE networking gear offering the
promise of greater bandwidth and help enterprise networks can do more.

Plenty of sessions will One of the key sessions that I’m looking forward
to sitting in on is a panel discussion with Cisco, Dell, VMware and Citrix
titled,”NextGen Ethernet: Challenges and Opportunities in Deploying
10G Ethernet.”

That particular session overlaps (in terms of time) with the AM
keynote sessions that day in which Mark B. Templeton President and
CEO,Citrix and Jesper Andersen Senior Vice President – Application
Development,Oracle Corporation are speaking. Citrix’s Templeton has a tall
order to fill now that his company is fully engaged in Virtualization
market, by way of their acquisition
of XenSource for $500 million
. Citrix has already outlined its core
strategy for how XenSource fits in
. I expect Templeton to elaborate on
that vision.

Citrix and Microsoft are hosting an invite-only event for press and
analysts entitled: “Partners or Competitors -– A Deep Dive on the
Virtualization Landscape with Microsoft and Citrix Systems.”

The whole concept of co-opetition is one that has always fascinated me
and it will be interesting to see how these two partners deal with their
open versus closed source issues.

Open Source will also make an entrance at Interop this year with no
less than six sessions in a track dedicated to the topic. The key issue
that I’m looking forward to hearing about is risk and governance.

Then, of course there is NAC, which for the last several years has
been the term that has led the hype cycle for the networking business. NAC
isn’t just hype anymore in my opinion. Over the course of NAC Day (which is
the first day of Interop), numerous sessions and the exhibition floor
itself, I’ll be looking to see the reality of NAC in 2008. To provide a
small hint on something I’m privy too, there is a major piece of NAC
industry shaking news that will debut at Interop and it’s got me extremely
excited.

IT is not just a cost of doing business in 2008.

IT in the modern era is the basis on which business are built (as is
the case with Software as a Service). IT in the era of the current economic
slowdown may well also be the basis on which business may be able to
survive and prosper as well.

Article
courtesy of InternetNews.com

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