Live blogging from Interop: Arista wins Best of Interop prize

I'm on the show floor and ready to report on all things Interop as they happen. Stay tuned to this blog.

Thursday, April 29, 12:30 PT: Well, it's the last day of Interop and the floor is a ghost town for the most part. I have sat in on presentations from Spirent and that was pretty good. I also got to see presentations from Motorola on wireless management. It was a very good product. The presentation from ShoreTel was also good with the live demo but maybe a bit over the top with the acting.

I am still watching presentations to see who will win the Larry Awards (an award I am giving to companies for the best product presentation).

Wednesday, April 28: 7:30 PT

Well it is a new morning and I spent last night having a good conversation with some people from Cisco about the new UCS. So today I am going to go over to get a demonstration and briefing from that team. I will have some pictures to post also later today with the blog. Time to go to my first of three breakfast briefings of the morning.

12:03 PT: I had nice Cisco USC briefing first thing, it is really a great system and seems to scale better than HP. I then met with the CEO of Arista for a briefing and watched the live testing they have set up, very impressive.

Jayshree Ullal

Larry Chaffin and Jayshree Ullal

I then watched a live demo of the Riverbed products, not bad. Would have loved to see some more public and private cloud info in the demo's. I then went back to look at some demo's on the LifeSize Systems.

LifeSize videoconferencing
LifeSize videoconferencing

I watched a very impressive product called iBoss for Web filtering. Now it is time for lunch. For more pictures from Interop, check out my Twitter pic site

2:28 PT: Arista wins big

Some of the buzz today is the results and the winner of the Best of Interop. I think Arista took everyone by surprise for winning the grand prize. Below are the winners that were sent to me. I will say Vidyo and Spirent have had some good crowds looking at the product.

Don’t forget that we will have the 2nd Annual Larry Awards for Best Interop Presentation at the end of Interop. I wonder who will win?

2010 WinnersThe 2010 Best of Interop Grand Prize Winner:

Winners in each category:

In addition to these eight category winners, two special awards were also awarded:

Tuesday, April 27, 12:30 PT: So today is the first day that the Interop floor is open. I have my iPad so I will blog live from the show floor as I see interesting things. I have been here for two days sitting in on presentations. I did run into my favorite Interop GM Lenny Heymann. He said the crowds are about the same as last year. We will see.

I sat in on the Arista presentation and demo, very impressive. Cisco should be worried as this new appliance they have out to compete with the Nexus is the real deal. Now off to see more presentations.

12:50 PT: Just watched the new LifeSize Video Center its a new LifeSize product that streams, records, & auto-publishes. I was told that it is a solution for 30k, not bad for you get. I did go through the Cisco area looking for the WAAS Cloud product. This product is a finalist in for Best of Interop Awards. But they had nothing to show me, no presentation and no demo.

Heading to a briefing with Riverbed Jerry Kennelly will blog after my briefing. 

2:44 PT: I just had a briefing with the CEO of Riverbed and the VP of Wolrdwide Sales, it was a good meeting. They are looking for Riverbed to grow in the private and public cloud markets plus grow the RSP products. I am watching a presentation now of VU Telepresence, which is a new company to the USA from India. The will compete against Lifesize and others in that space.

3:50 PT: Sitting at Mellanox Technologies watching the presentation. They are a finalist for their 10g BridgeX 5020. Not a bad presentation so far. Now I am at the Polycom booth, a lot smaller than last year for them. Their video phones are pretty cool, not a bad product. Seems everyone is giving away a iPad for all drawings.

5:21 PT: So I started to make my way down the edges of the Interop floor and ran into Cradlepoint. They have a great product for customers who want 3g and 4g hot spots with a router built in. You can also use their product for 4g backups rather than dial up. I can see the product working for many different kind of customers, if you get a chance stop by and see them.

I then went by MeghaWare, they are a cloud based solution that offers an all-in-one way to manage your public and private clouds. They have a free single user download you can try. I am going to try the software tonight their CTO gave me. He also gave me a nice briefing and demonstration on the product. It seemed like there were more people here than last year.

More blogs Wednesday on more vendor from Interop.

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.
Must read: 10 new UI features coming to Windows 10