Companies can still strengthen the link between technology and competitive advantage despite the pressure to limit corporate spending over the next 12 months.
At NetWorld+Interop 2003, the annual gathering of buyers and sellers of networking technologies, the focus will be on the interoperability of new technologies, their integration into existing computing environments and the cost-effective development of key security, wireless, storage and VoIP solutions.
The program, set for the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 27 through May 2, gives developers, network managers, and business executives real-time access to practical research, products and services that can increase the value of their network investment.
"The state of the economy is forcing IT professionals to be smarter about deploying new technology that balances the cost with the benefit of building and optimizing applications and services on their networks," said Mike Millikin, senior vice president of Interop Worldwide. "NetWorld+Interop has long been the bellwether for emerging network technologies and future trends. It gives exhibitors and attendees the chance to discuss, touch and evaluate technologies that are core to their strategic success."
NetWorld+Interop also plays host to technology leaders at the forefront of delivering these new solutions. This year's line-up of keynote speakers includes John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., Sanjay Kumar, president and CEO of Computer Associates, Alan Ganek, vice president, IBM Autonomic Computing, and Gordon Stitt, president and CEO, Extreme Networks.
Since the birth of the Internet and modern networking, NetWorld+Interop has served as the definitive forum for information technology professionals focused on driving interoperability in the enterprise. In keeping with NetWorld+Interop's legacy, this year's forum will highlight:
-Security -- Consistently ranked as a top priority by attendees, network and IT security will be a major theme woven through all aspects of the event. NetWorld+Interop will offer comprehensive educational programs on security including the new Wireless LAN Security Day, VPN Days 1 and 2, Network Forensics Day and more. These programs will enable those responsible for defending networks from attack to learn about planning and the implementation of appropriate security solutions. The Interop Security Zone will showcase vendors with vanguard technologies -- from firewalls to encryption; authentication to virus protection; biometrics to VPN security.
-Wireless -- The Wireless Technology Zone features a broad cross-section of vendors and solutions for enterprises that are going mobile. At NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas 2003, a large roster of leading companies, including Aruba, Bluesocket, Cisco, Symbol, Trapeze and many more, will exhibit infrastructure technology, devices and business solutions that support the mobile enterprise. Workshops will cover a wide variety of mobility topics including fundamentals of wireless networking, WLAN security, applications and high-speed mobile data. Additionally, the NetWorld+Interop Event Network (eNet) will utilize the latest wireless technology to deploy a facility wide wireless troubleshooting network, a wireless registration system and offer wireless Internet access in designated areas of the event.
-Storage -- NetWorld+Interop has included a strong storage component in this year's education and exhibition offerings,reflecting some of the prevailing changes in the use of storage technologies across a broad set of industries. Educational offerings will include sessions taught by leading storage experts on topics such as SAN, iSCSI and NAS. Additionally, the iLabs IP Storage initiative team will explore how iSCSI transports stack up to traditional Fibre Channel Networks in areas of availability, scalability and security.
-VoIP -- NetWorld+Interop recently announced findings from a VoIP research study, which indicated a rapid increase in the number of companies that have either deployed VoIP or will soon be deploying the technology. At NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas 2003, attendees curious about this still-emerging realm can visit the show floor to view the latest VoIP developments. Additionally, attendees will benefit from specialized sessions regarding implementation, readying networks for multi-media applications, quality of service and more.
Attendees will also experience innovation in action through the InteropNet Programs. The InteropNet Labs (iLabs) is NetWorld+Interop's live test bed for the latest networking technologies including WLAN Security, IP Storage and Metro Networking. The iLabs features the latest solutions to real engineering challenges in a live,vendor-neutral, standards-based arena. The eNet will be built in collaboration with leading, hand-selected networking vendors who will design and deploy a venue-wide network utilizing the latest networking advances. The eNet will feature next generation wireless LAN technology and a large-scale VoIP deployment.
For up-to-date NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas 2003 information and to register, please visit www.interop.com.
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