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N+I: a guide

May 04, 20042 mins

* Next week’s N+I trade show still has a lot to offer

NetWorld+Interop may not be the goliath trade show of previous years, but it still has networking cachet. And though the conference doesn’t begin until next week, Network World has already posted your guide to the show online.

Our publication will be all over N+I.

We’ll be holding a couple of mini-Showdown events, where vendors debate each other and take questions from the audience. This year the New Data Center debate will be between NetScaler and Redline Networks, which make equipment for balancing loads and accelerating applications in data centers. We’ll also have a security debate going between Counterpane Internet Security and NetScreen.

Also, we are teaming up with the Metro Ethernet Forum to talk about the future of metropolitan Ethernet services. Network World Editorial Director John Gallant is looking for folks to give their input; you can contact him at

Network World is also once again deeply involved with iLabs, the testing arm of the trade show. There will be interoperability tests for SIP-based VoIP products; wired and wireless LAN access security; and MPLS IPv4 and IPv6 interoperability and MPLS multicast capabilities.

For an early look at product news expected from the show, you can see our story at:

It turns out there’s plenty of product announcements expected from Enterasys, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, Crescendo and many others that still believe in N+I as a launch pad for network products.

As if all that wasn’t enough, Network World also offers its annual N+I planner, where we’ve done some of the research for you and highlighted the most promising sessions and events. VoIP is of course prominent in the schedule, as is voice over WLANs. There’s a session focusing on wireless LAN installation, management and security. And of course Cisco CEO John Chambers will be keynoting, so you won’t want to miss that.

Finally, we have a page set up for breaking N+I news, so be sure to check back throughout next week at: