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Interop planning guide 2013

Interop, May 6-10 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, is set to focus on cloud, big data, collaboration, security, mobility, networking

By , Network World
April 22, 2013 12:08 AM ET

Network World - It's that time of the year again: Interop is almost here.

With all of the changes going on in IT, this year's conference is as important as ever. From the future of networking being software defined, to the emerging use cases around cloud computing, to the ever-persistent issues around security and new-found challenges of managing mobile devices, Interop is the place to be for IT managers.

Held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the show officially kicks off on Monday and Tuesday (May 6 and 7) with full-day workshops on a variety of topics, including a first-ever two-day Mac & iOS IT conference, a two-day cloud summit focusing on public and private cloud deployments, workshops detailing how to build out a unified communications platform and other sessions on security and software-defined networking (SDN), among others.

The heart of Interop runs from Wednesday through Friday morning when keynote presenters from companies such as Facebook, PayPal, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Brocade discuss the latest in networking, data center hardware design and security. Dozens of sessions fill up the jammed-packed days of the conference, with topics on nine tracks including: applications, business of IT, cloud computing/big data, collaboration, data center/storage, mobility, networking, risk management/information security and virtualization. An expo with hundreds of vendors displaying their latest products and services runs from May 7-9.

With so many potential sessions to attend, booths to visit and connections to be made, Network World has gone through the entire program to recommend some highlights we hope are worth checking out at this year's show. To do some research yourself and to view the full schedule, check out the Interop web site.

See you in Vegas!

Monday, May 6 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Enterprise Cloud Summit: Platforms

If you're pursuing a cloud strategy in your enterprise,

this is the workshop to be at. While the cloud can be somewhat of a nebulous term, at the end of the day it's about making organizations more efficient and agile.

This session will help you understand the platforms for public and private clouds and how to deploy them.

Panelists > David Linthicum, Cloud Technology

Partners (Instructor); Thirunavukkarasu Suresh, product marketing, Cisco; Peder Ulander, product marketing, Citrix; Rob Craft, director of cloud, Microsoft; Dan Baigent, business development, HP Cloud Services.

Other Monday workshops include BYOD, Mobile Security and Mobile Device Management; Financial Management skills for technical managers, and the Mac & iOS IT Conference.

Tuesday, May 7 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Software Defined Networking and what impact will it have on your network?

The future of networking will be software defined. To get a glimpse into this new world, these series of sessions will tell you everything you need to know about SDNs. From the basic questions of what is an SDN, why should you care about it and what you should do about it, to an overview of the Open Network Foundation and the role of open source, as well as discussions about securing SDNs and perspectives from vendors.

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