It has not been that long since Huawei said they were exiting American market then tried to retract the statement to some extent. But here we are in Las Vegas and they have a large booth on the floor with a full presence. So what gives with Huawei? I have sent a few emails and have received no reply. So if this the last big hurrah in Las Vegas for Huawei or are they rolling the dice to see if people still want their products?
The new buzzword has been SDN over the last few years, if I remember right it was the CTO of Cisco in a Keynote at Interop that said Cisco had been doing this for years before anyone knew what SDN really meant. With that said it will be interesting to see what new buzzword we come up with year and how it will impact spending. Should everyone be diving into the SDN philosophy? I would say no, there are many other things people need to do before they get to that point. But it will be a battle on the expo floor with who is the top dog in the SDN space.
Each year on the first day we have locals from Las Vegas who raid the expo floor with bags, suit cases and more just to get their hands on anything's that's free. Could this be the year that vendors pull back, not more free pens, shirts, mugs and more? I doubt it, but if I was a vendor I would hide everything that's no locked down. Many might roll the dice and offer no give-a-ways, but I doubt it as many feel it's the only way to get people to look at your products. The big winner here will be the locals who walk out with bags of free stuff that will be on eBay later on that day for sale.
The best part of Interop for me is the new start-ups that I get to see and meet with. These are the companies who are rolling the dice to come to Interop in hopes that someone will notice them. It could be a big break for one and a huge lose for others. Time will tell this week as to who will be the big winner.
As I have done each year, we will have the annual Larry Awards for Best Presentation at Interop on the expo floor. I am really looking to see if many took my advice and brought a good staff for the floor, someone who is not a pitch man to show your product. But a real employee who can convey the product and answer questions from the floor.
But it will be a good week in Las Vegas and there will be lots of coverage.
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.