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Make a date with our editors and testers at N+I

Apr 28, 20045 mins
Enterprise Applications

* Network World puts emerging technologies to the test at N+I * Network World offers advice on testing * VPN design and deployment workshop * Collaboration Theater presents * Debate key issues at Network World Showdowns * What are your metro Ethernet needs?

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There is just a week and a half to go until Networld+Interop 2004 opens its doors in Las Vegas. In today’s Trade Show News Alert Special Edition, we’ll update you on what Network World is planning for you at the show and next week, we’ll look at what you can expect to see elsewhere at N+I. If you’re planning to attend N+I, we sure hope you’ll drop by at one of our events and say Hi to our editors, testers and columnists.

Networld+Interop Las Vegas 2004

May 9-13


Network World is the exclusive media sponsor of the InteropNet Labs (iLabs), N+I’s live test bed designed to give attendees hands-on, unbiased insight into the state of emerging technologies. iLabs is located on the show floor (Booth 111), open to all attendees, and runs during exhibition hours.

The three areas iLabs will focus on this year are: 

* Interoperability of SIP-based Voice-over-IP products.

* Wired and wireless LAN access security.

* MPLS IP v.4 and v.6 interoperability and MPLS multicast capabilities.

For detailed iLabs information go to: .


Network World will supplement the iLabs education program with the Network World Testing Track.  In these interactive sessions, Network World Lab Alliance members will discuss how to develop test methodology, offer advice on the testing process pitfalls, and outline which products should be included in your testing shortlist.

On Tuesday, May 11, Lab Alliance member David Newman of Network Test will explore the considerations of testing 10G-byte network gear.  On Wednesday, May 12, Lab Alliance member Joel Snyder of Opus One will hone in on testing SSL VPN products.  On Thursday, May 13, Lab Alliance member Rodney Thayer will give tips on how to effectively test IPS and IDS products using open source tools. All sessions will be held from 2-3 p.m. in room N115.

For detailed description of these sessions go to: .


Joel Snyder will also conduct a VPN Design and Deployment Workshop on Monday, May 10.  This day-long session will cover the results of testing completed for Network World and hands-on information he’s acquired from implementing VPN deployments at many customer sites. Snyder will touch on everything from VPN clients to SSL VPN, providing hints and tips on how to get a real VPN installed in a real network.

For a detailed description of this workshop, go to: .


Lab Alliance member and network collaboration specialist Christine Perey will act as the chairperson and moderator of the Collaboration Theater presentations that will be conducted on the show floor throughout the week.  As part of the Collaboration and VoIP Pavilion, speakers from participating vendors that ship VoIP hardware and software, streaming media delivery tools, videoconferencing technologies, portal software, instant messaging, and collaboration software suites will use the theater to engage attendees in interactive discussion that will help them better understand existing and emerging collaboration technologies.

For details about the Collaboration Theater, go to: .


Join Editor-in-Chief John Dix, and Editorial Director John Gallant at Network World’s popular Showdown events, where we tell  vendor chiefs to leave the marketing hype in their hotel rooms as we grill them about their products and strategies.

On Tuesday, May 11, Dix will put the spotlight on enterprise security as he hashes out the issues with Bruce Schneier, founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, and Nir Zuk, CTO of NetScreen.

At our New Data Center Showdown on Wednesday, May 12, Gallant will moderate a presidential style debate between the top execs of Redline Networks and NetScaler. The companies will field questions from Gallant, each other and the audience in this lively session.

For times and detailed descriptions, go to: .


Join Network World Editorial Director John Gallant on Wednesday, May 12 at 2.30 p.m., when he along with execs from the Metro Ethernet Forum will co-host a customer roundtable on metropolitan Ethernet services. The industry trade group is seeking greater participation from network IT professionals in the development of Ethernet WAN services. If you’re attending N+I, and are involved in setting your company’s WAN strategy and budget, we’d love to invite you to participate in the roundtable discussion. For more details, please contact John Gallant at .

The Metro Ethernet Forum is also holding a Metro Ethernet Summit at N+I. Click here for more details: .