Interop 2014: News and trends from the Interop conference

Last updated:March 2014

Editor's note

Interop 2014For a long time, advances in networking were all about making bigger and faster boxes. The need for more bandwidth hasn't let up – with trends like mobility, cloud computing and big data driving the push toward 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet -- but software and intelligence have become just as integral to enterprise networks. Instead of focusing solely on network health and performance, network engineers are increasingly getting pulled into the worlds of applications and virtualization as well.  

Our editors look at these trends and more at the 2014 Interop Las Vegas trade show, bringing you news and commentary about what’s hot in networking, from the wiring closet to the WAN.

1Software-defined networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) is reshaping an industry that has been defined by hardware for decades. Find out how SDN is affecting networking technologies and jobs.

2Collaboration and mobility

Discover how Gigabit Wi-Fi, bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives and next-generation unified communications tools are leading to new challenges and opportunities in both wireless networking and collaboration.

3Network management and security

Maintaining a network isn’t just about making sure all the switches are plugged in and turned on; network management and security are essential to ensuring network health and performance. Find out what network engineers, industry analysts and vendors are saying about both disciplines.