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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.

Interop will hit Las Vegas May 8-12 as this important tech event celebrates its 25th anniversary. The impact of virtualization and cloud computing on the network will be explored in depth, and the conference will tackle how social technologies, smartphones and other mobile devices will affect the future of work. Two days of workshops and a CIO Boot Camp are on the agenda Sunday and Monday, and then special guest star Vint Cerf will kick off the main portion of the conference in the Tuesday morning keynotes.

Still deciding which sessions to attend? This guide will highlight some of the key events happening throughout the week.

Sunday, May 8 and Monday May 9

CIO Boot Camp 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Real-world CIOs will tell their "war stories" at this two-day boot camp to help fellow IT executives become better leaders while dealing with the reality that "IT folks have been under-funded and under-appreciated forever." Topics will include next generation leadership realities, managing social media, vendor management, green and sustainable IT, emerging technologies, IT innovation and business analytics. The overriding theme will be "informed, innovative and inspired personal leadership."

Boot Camp chairperson: Thornton May, Futurist, Executive Director and Dean, IT Leadership AcademySpeakers:Christopher R. Barber, Former Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and CIO, WesCorpBruce Barnes, CIO Emeritus, Nationwide Financial ServicesAlan S. Cullop, CIO, Senior Vice President, The TriZetto GroupCheryl Smith, Principal, Smith & AssociatesDr. Robert Rennie, VP, Technology & CIO, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Enterprise Cloud Summit, and Virtualization Days 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday

With 40 sessions across two days, Interop's Enterprise Cloud Summit will look at design, data privacy, economics and real-world lessons related to cloud computing. Sunday's sessions will focus on public cloud services, while the private cloud will take the spotlight on day two. A virtualization summit will also take place both Sunday and Monday, focusing on virtualization as an enabler of private clouds, and the ability to deliver virtual desktops and applications to users anywhere.  

Enterprise Cloud Summit chairperson:Alistair Croll, Principal AnalystBitCurrent, Virtualization Days chairperson and instructor:Barb Goldworm, President and Chief Analyst, FOCUS

A discussion with Interop general manager Lenny Heymann

Tuesday, May 10

Pick of the day: 

8 a.m. Tuesday morning keynotes featuring Vint Cerf

Interop will start with a bang Tuesday morning with an all-star lineup of keynote speakers including none other than Vint Cerf, who helped create the Internet and is the Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. Dan Lynch, who founded the Interop conference in 1986, will interview Cerf on stage. High-ranking executives from HP, Citrix and Cisco will also make appearances.


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