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Keep up with what's happening at Interop Las Vegas 2011 in this special conference coverage. Interop takes place May 8-12, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and our editors are there. Read all the biggest news stories, interviews, and blogs, and watch exclusive videos from one of networking's biggest annual events to find out the latest Interop news on data center network design, cloud networking and dynamic service delivery, unified communications, virtualization, wireless, and more.
At Interop 2011, networking vendors addressed data center network fabric hype and other overly bloated marketing buzzwords like FCoE, TRILL and Shortest Path Bridging.
Vendors announced plans this week at Interop 2011 to beef up their cloud WAN optimization products, including a partnership between Riverbed and Akamai to tackle SaaS performance.
Cloud networking products dominated the discussion at Interop 2011, but most had little to do with switching architectures and more to do with network management.
At Interop 2011, Alcatel-Lucent education customer Mark McWhinnie shares his experiences with a unique WLAN access solution utilized in Alberta, Canada.
At Interop 2011, F5 Networks unveiled a midrange F5 Viprion chassis application delivery controller and muli-tenancy capability through virtualization of its OS.
Verizon moved to increase its visibility to enterprises as a cloud provider by announcing a mobile enterprise applications platform and partnership with SAP at Interop 2011.
Juniper QFabric architect David Yen has jumped ship to head up Cisco's data center business, including the UCS and Nexus lines. The shift is a sign that the Cisco reorganization is well under way.
Get ready for simplified Cisco branch networks. At Interop 2011, Cisco announced a cloud-based WLAN controller that manages APs across hundreds of branch networks.
Large IT vendors have shown up at Interop to discuss "the cloud," but IT administrators are over that debate and looking for real products and services to suit their cloud needs.
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will bypass subjects like switching and routing, instead talking private cloud and delivering measurable services.
This week at Interop 2011, HP will push new campus core switches and an architecture that takes the enterprise LAN flat, but it will not announce a data center network fabric.
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, Juniper data center chief David Yen explains the six elements of a real network fabric (and how some networking vendors offer imposters).
At Interop Las Vegas, data center network management that gives control of virtualization to network engineers takes center stage—even above super-speed switches.
Interop Experts Speak
Steve Bandrowczak Vice Presient of Avaya Data Solutions
The Avaya data center strategy aims to support collaboration and UC in the campus and branch networks—or at least that's what execs will try to prove at Interop Las Vegas 2011.
Dr. Jim Metzler Metzler, Ashton & Associates
Why is Interop 2011 so critical to your career? This Q&A with conference track chair Dr. Jim Metzler explains how rapid technology change is creating new networking trends.
David Donatelli Executive Vice President and General Manager of enterprise servers, storage and networking for HP
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, we hear of a new HP Networking data center strategy— and word of whether the company has managed to avoid product overlap from the 3Com acquisition.
Craig Mathias Principal of the Farpoint Group
In this Q&A, Interop 2011 wireless and mobility track chair Craig Mathias offers perspective on large-scale wireless LAN deployments, the rise of tablets and gigabit WLAN.
Glenn Evans Lead Architect for Interop
To address the unique challenges and demands of running the Interop network, InteropNet's lead engineer embraces a new DNS and remote cloud environment for Internet connectivity.
In order to meet the needs of the Interop Las Vegas 2011 attendees, speakers and vendors, InteropNet must balance between practicality and the year's cutting-edge technologies.
Network virtualization software was all the buzz at Interop 2011, from OpenFlow and software-defined networking to virtual network appliances for optimization.
At Interop 2011, network testing equipment vendors are taking aim at enterprises. As virtualization complicates the network, do testing vendors have a point?
HP's new FlexNetwork architecture includes new campus switches, a data center reference architecture and expanded management capabilities. Fast Packet blogger Ivan Pepelnjak hits the high points for users.
Interop Las Vegas 2011 keynotes were heavy on cloud talk, but light on what counts for engineers: beefy networking news. HP and Citrix brought a little nutrition to the table.
Cisco has been taking it on the chin lately, but this week’s Interop 2011 offers the company the chance to redeem its reputation with its core base of networking customers. Will it rise to the challenge, or allow its competitors to chip away at market share and customer confidence?
SearchNetworking.com tours the Interop network operating center with InteropNet lead engineer Glenn Evans at Interop Las Vegas 2011.
Blue Coat at Interop 2011
SearchNetworking.com talks to Xing Li, chief engineer of Blue Coat Systems, about how Blue Coat can help enterprises connect to IPv6.
Show chatter: Tuesday's wrap up
Shamus McGillicuddy wraps up the day's events: 40 Gigabit Ethernet takes shape and Cisco nabs Juniper's data center chief.
Ethernet Alliance Q&A
SearchNetworking.com talks with John D’ambrosia and Chris Calandro of the Ethernet Alliance at Interop 2011 about the underlying transformation of Ethernet in next-generation data centers.
Extreme demos BlackDiamond X8 at Interop 2011
Extreme Networks announced some new core and top-of-rack data center switches at Interop 2011 this morning. In these two short videos, Shehzad Merchant, vice president of technology at Extreme, demonstrates the BlackDiamond X8, a one-third rack core chassis with 192 wirespeed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports or 768 10 GbE ports. Extreme is demonstrating this chassis with all 192 40 GbE ports running at full capacity on an Ixia network testing box.