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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.

Keynote Speaker - Dave Donatelli, Executive VP and General Manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HPKeynote Speaker - Mark Templeton, President and CEO, Citrix SystemsKeynote Speaker - Rebecca J. Jacoby, Senior Vice President and CIO, Cisco Keynote Speaker - Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, GoogleKeynote Speaker - Dan Lynch, Entrepreneur, founder of Interop

10:15 a.m. Emerging architectures and tools for the social enterprise

Microsoft SharePoint has become a seemingly ubiquitous product for enterprise collaboration, but it is not a "panacea," nor is it the only game in town. This session will examine maturation in the Enterprise 2.0 technology market, current state-of-the-art social and collaboration technologies, and "how enterprises should plan for emerging trends and standards."

Speaker - Tony Byrne, President, Real Story Group

11:30 a.m. What is the impact of cloud computing on the network? 

Although cloud computing and virtualization can make IT more efficient, your network still has to be rock solid. This session will look at new challenges posed by cloud-related technologies and methods to head off problems resulting from management tools and processes being focused on static, rather than dynamic resources. For example, the deployment of virtual switches "will potentially result in IT organizations having to manage hundreds of new switches from multiple vendors," and "today's WAN can't effectively support the dynamic movement of VMs nor cloud bursting."

Speaker - Jim Metzler, Vice President, Ashton Metzler & Associates

1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon keynotes

Microsoft's Windows Azure team and Juniper's fabric and switching group will discuss "the growth and future of IT," and the vendors' approaches to next-generation technologies.

Keynote Speaker - Zane Adam, General Manager of Azure and Middleware, Microsoft CorporationKeynote Speaker - David Yen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Fabric and Switching Business Group (FSG), Juniper Networks

2:15 p.m. Future of work: the great debate

The proliferation of personally owned mobile devices and social technologies are changing the way employees do work, and IT must adapt as well. Unified communications, video, mobile and social networking are driving the shift today, "but their real value may still lie ahead as these technologies come together to truly redefine the work experience." Participants in this session will give their take on the future of work in the enterprise.  

Panelist - Eric Krapf, Editor,, Co-Chair, Enterprise ConnectPanelist - Steve Wylie, General Manager, Enterprise 2.0 ConferencePanelist – John Bartlett, Voice Video and Data Application Performance, NetForecastPanelist - Craig Mathias, Principal, Farpoint Group


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