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N+I: A hot show in Las Vegas

May 05, 20045 mins
Enterprise Applications

* Network World events at N+I * Performance events at N+I * Wireless events at N+I * Security events at N+I * Infrastructure and Services Conference at N+I * Data center and storage events at N+I * Collaboration and VoIP events at N+I * News from other trade shows this week

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It’s expected to be 83-degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas this coming Sunday when Networld+Interop begins its annual five-day conference and exhibition. Some 20,000 network pros are expected to attend the show that has secured more than 320 exhibitors – up about 25% from last year’s event. Show planners are optimistic that the market is back in the buying mood but executives still need to dig more deeply to make purchases, they say. The organizers’ goal is for N+I 2004 to provide IT buyers with accurate and actionable information about relevant technologies emerging in the coming months.

For our editors’ picks and a roundup of Network World events at the show arranged in a handy day-to-day format, go to: .

For the low-down on some of the products that will be launched at the show, go to: .

In last week’s Trade Show Newsletter Special Issue, we looked at what our editors and testers have planned for you at the show. Today, we’ll look at what else is on offer and next Wednesday, we’ll bring you news from the show floor. If you can’t wait until then, check the latest headlines here: .

N+I 2004 will focus on six themes: performance, wireless, security, infrastructure and services, data center and storage, plus collaboration and VoIP. Each theme will be addressed through targeted education and specialty workshops that drill into the respective issues.


Want to know what are this year’s top 10 problems affecting performance and reliability? Keep Monday, May 10 free for Network Forensics Day. Running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the forensics day will provide network managers responsible for delivering applications to end users what they need to know “from client to server applications and all points in between,” says Bill Alderson, executive net analyst at Pine Mountain Group and moderator of the event.

For more information about the Network Forensics Day, go to: .

For more information about the other performance-related events at the show, go to:  .


A host of wireless issues will be hammered out Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, at the Wireless Conference. Hosted by Craig Mathias, principal at the Farpoint Group, the conference will examine areas including the evolving 802.11 standard, voice over wireless LAN, plus the latest mobile communicators and mobile Web access technologies. Also covered are emerging technologies such as sensor networks and RFID, location-based services and determining the right wireless technologies for specific applications in the enterprise.

For more information about the Wireless Conference, go to: .

For more information about other wireless-related events, go to: .


Put some network execs into a pot of boiling security problems and see how long it takes them to identity and fix the vulnerabilities before the whole network collapses. Join your colleagues at the 2nd Annual Iron Chef of Information Security  Competition on Wednesday, May 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to find the best recipe for a secure and robust network.

For more information about the competition, go to: .

For more information about other security-related events, go to: .


Matthew Liste, vice president, Network Platform Engineering at Goldman Sachs, chairs this conference that provides in-depth information on traditional networking topics such as network troubleshooting and IPv6. Also covered are issues that concern day-to-day challenges of managing network infrastructures, touching on how to manage service provider SLAs, best practices for network continuity planning and discussions around how far you can stretch your investment in network equipment. This conference takes place Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 13.

For more information about the Infrastructure and Services Conference, go to: .


The Data Center and Storage Zone features exhibitors showcasing data center and storage technologies and services such as utility computing, business continuity, blade servers, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, IP storage, tape drives, storage-area networks, appliances and storage management solutions.

For more about data center and storage related events, go to: .


Co-chaired by Network World messaging newsletter author and Osterman Research President Michael Osterman, this conference offers sessions where you can grill the IP telephony vendors, dig deep into integrated collaboration applications, and understand how to overcome instant messaging problems in the enterprise. The conference runs from Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 13.

For more information about the Collaboration and VoIP Conference, go to: .

For more about other collaboration and VoIP related events, go to: .


This week, Microsoft hosts its 13th annual WinHEC Conference and Veritas opens its Visions user conference.

Microsoft says Longhorn server, client development now in synch, 05/04/04

Microsoft switched gears again Tuesday and said it has synchronized the development of the Longhorn server and the Longhorn client.

Microsoft readies new corporate IM server, 05/04/04

Just over six months after releasing the first version of its Office Live Communications Server, Microsoft Tuesday plans to announce that it is ready to start picking candidates to trial the next version of its enterprise instant messaging product.

Veritas updates storage management software, 05/04/04

Veritas enhanced its CommandCentral storage management software and services Tuesday at Veritas Visions, its annual user conference.