Learn what happened at Interop Las Vegas 2008 in this conference coverage. Read all the biggest news stories, interviews, and blog tidbits, download podcasts and watch exclusive videos from one of networking's biggest annual events to find out the latest Interop news on networked application delivery, network management, network security, networking and services, unified communications, virtualization, wireless and mobility and more.
The evolving NOC and IT prestige: How to break down silos and prove your worth
Dr. Jim Metzler, vice president of Ashton, Metzler & Associates, called on network and IT pros to overcome silos in order to increase the prestige of IT and to improve overall technology performance.
Vendors at Interop in a scrum over WLAN architecture
At Interop, a vendor panel discussion on the "Great WLAN Architecture Debate" turned into an argument about cell-based topology.
Network pros and developers must collaborate to roll out SOA, Web 2.0 apps
At Interop 2008, experts warned that networking pros and application developers must work together to ensure that IT can deliver robust SOA and Web 2.0 applications to end users.
Networking pros can prove their value by building out the network for video
At Interop, Cisco Systems and other experts demonstrated that building a "video-ready" network can help IT and networking pros prove their value to the enterprise.
Aruba Networks unveils wireless intrusion prevention enhancements
Aruba Networks unveils wireless intrusion prevention enhancements, other security upgrades, at Interop
Internet monitoring vendor adds throttling, filtering, to its appliance
eTelemetry announced at Interop that it has added bandwidth throttling and filtering technologies to Metron 2.0, the new version of its Web activity monitoring appliance.
Unified communications deals require cross-certification, partnerships
Interop was full of unified communications news, but partners and IT buyers still struggle with getting the technology into the enterprise. (SearchITChannel.com)
Microsoft stresses interoperability
Microsoft touts interoperability at Interop and unveils an upgraded Operations Manager 2007 with cross-platform support. (SearchITChannel.com)
Citrix CEO urges IT to get flexible, use virtual desktops
Citrix CEO Mark Templeton used the Interop keynote stage to preach virtualization and advise IT managers to be flexible in application delivery and networking. (SearchITChannel.com)
Next-generation data centers aim for virtualized everything
Talk of data center consolidation dominated Interop Tuesday, with execs touting virtualization of the entire network and massive server consolidation. (SearchITChannel.com)
Podcast: News highlights from Interop and MMS 2008
Both Microsoft Management Summit and Interop were held this week To get the conference highlights from SearchWinIT.com editors, listen to this podcast, and hear why the release of Windows XP SP3 has been delayed yet again by Microsoft.
Don Van Doren: Achieving ROI with unified communications
Unified communications deployments require a solid ROI plan to ensure the maximum benefit to the enterprise. Don Van Doren moderated and presented several UC sessions at Interop, including an introduction to UC, enabling business applications, telepresence and high-definition video.
Anne Skamarock: Virtualization and the network a hot topic at Interop
Virtualization poses challenges to enterprise network managers. Anne Skamarock, research director at Focus Consulting, moderated a panel discussion at Interop, "Storage and Networking in a Virtual World," on Tuesday, April 29 at Interop.
Lisa Phifer: Challenges of managing wireless security
Wireless networking expert Lisa Phifer frequently advises companies in their WLAN deployments, but at Interop she held a session titled "Wireless Security and Management: New Challenges, New Opportunities." In this Q&A, learn key ways to integrate security and management strategies into your wireless networks.
Craig Mathias: Navigating platforms for mobile apps and devices
Craig Mathias, principal with Farpoint Group -- an advisory firm specializing in wireless networking and mobile computing -- chaired the Wireless and Mobility Track and moderated a session, "Platforms for Mobile Applications," at Interop Las Vegas 2008. SearchMobileComputing.com chatted with Mathias about his session and mobility trends.
Paul DeBeasi: Strategies for enterprise wireless deployment
Paul DeBeasi, senior analyst at Burton Group, discusses challenges 802.11n presents for enterprise network managers, including Power over Ethernet and network management issues. DeBeasi moderated, "Deploying Wireless Across the Enterprise: Mobile Strategies for IT," Tuesday, April 29, at Interop. This Q&A discusses the various mobile strategies for IT and wireless deployment pain points challenging network managers right now.