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In the testing trenches with N+I’s InteropNet Labs

Apr 29, 20032 mins

By Jeff Caruso 

Every year we manage to score exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to InteropNet Labs, the testing ground for the NetWorld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas. How do we do it? We’re the media sponsor. (In other words, we pay for it.) We get a firsthand look at how vendors do in the interoperability tests, and this year the technologies under the microscope were IEEE 802.1X for wireless security and iSCSI for storage-area networking over IP.

In the testing trenches with N+I’s InteropNet Labs

 IBM expands grid offerings 

IBM has of late taken on the role of momentum-builder. That’s what it did with Linux, giving the open-source operating system enough of a nudge that it snowballed in popularity. Now, it’s doing the same thing with grid computing, where many small computers are used to take on big computing projects. Coincidentally, Network World took a closer look this week at how grid computing might affect enterprise companies.

Gauging the network effect of grids

 Bluesocket unveils the WGX-4000 at N+I 

Bluesocket this week unveils at NetWorld+Interop a new gateway designed to manage large-scale, multivendor wireless LANs.

HP top server vendor worldwide 

Despite the still-sluggish economy and the threat of a lingering war with Iraq, the U.S. server market grew 13% in the first quarter, with Dell knocking out HP for the top spot, according to preliminary figures from Gartner. HP retained the lead in worldwide rankings, with 29% of servers shipped globally.