Coming this week: News, announcements, and new products from Interop Las Vegas 2007

This afternoon, I'm heading out to Interop Las Vegas 2007. Interop has gotten huge, with over 20,000 attendees and 450 vendors. It's essentially become the Comdex of business technology (while CES has taken up the Comdex legacy for consumer tech). Because of the size of Interop, a lot of vendors save up product launches and new announcements for the conference, so I will be reporting on the latest buzz throughout the week.

I also have individual meetings with the companies that have new products or new developments that I think will be of special interest to TechRepublic readers. Plus, I'll be connecting with a few industry experts who have some relevant insights to share on the state of enterprise IT.

The five main topic tracks at the conference are:

  • Data center
  • VoIP and collaboration
  • Infrastructure and services
  • Wireless and mobility
  • Security

You can read more about what's happening at Interop Las Vegas and let me know if there's a topic or vendor that you're particularly interested in hearing about by posting in the discussion or sending me a private message. If you're going to be at Interop Las Vegas, feel free to flag me down to chat in person.


Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.


It wears me out that I clicked a link in my newsletter that indicated that Samsung was entering the enterprise networking racket and arrived here. It's dishonest, disheartening, and downright disrepectful to post a link that when followed, only marginally contains even the slightest reference to the original subject. Nothing personal, but how does the TechRepublic newsletter's link policy differ from any loathesome spam I get with bait n switch refernces?


I'll be at Interop this week: Let me know if there are any topics, products, or vendors that you are interested in learning more about. Also, let me know if you have any specific questions about products or vendors and I will try to flag down someone to respond to your question(s).


Jason, if you are there... could you have a look at the available options for automatically documenting Layer 1 connectivity. We are using ITIL as our IT frame-work and one of the weak areas is keeping reliable documentation/audit trail on our network cabling to fill our CMDB. I've been told there are solutions out there which can do this for me. One of them being iPatch by Systimax Solutions and another is by Tyco... both are exibiting at INTEROP. I think a lot of people will be faced with similar issues as myself and it would be great if you could see what options are out there and how they compare. Having looked at both Systimax's and Tyco's website I find it hard to compare the two. Will be eagerly monitoring this thread to see what you can come up with ;-)

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