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7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons

We've selected seven Interop presenters that will make it worth a trip to Vegas. You'll be so absorbed in tech, you won't even notice the glitter.

Why should you to book a trip to Las Vegas for the end of March? Many might be lured by the prospect of escaping the Polar Vortex that has swallowed most of North America this season, or the promise of winning large sums of money while being served free drinks by scantily clad waitstaff. But for IT pros, the real action is at Interop.

The conference, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from March 31 to April 3, offers big-name keynote speakers and a flashy exposition floor. But its secret weapon -- and the reason so many IT professionals return year after year -- is the top-notch instruction provided by some of the most experienced practitioners, or uber-unicorns, you'll ever meet.

Top-rated speakers, many of them Network Computing contributors, will deliver in-depth sessions and workshopson topics like networking, data centers, storage, security, and cloud infrastructure. Here we've selected seven presenters that will make it worth your while to head to Vegas. You'll be so captivated by the substance you find inside the conference rooms that the sunshine and glitter of the Strip are only distant distractions.

Mike Pennacchi

A longtime Interop instructor (since 1997) and network troubleshooter extraordinaire, Mike Pennacchi is owner of Network Protocol Specialists, a network analysis and training company based in Seattle, Wash. Mike has received Interop's Instructor Award as highest ranking instructor several times, the last from Interop New York 2013 when his workshop spurred an impromptu lunchtime Wireshark tutorial.

Be sure to check out Mike's full day of workshop training and his session featuring the InteropNet, in which he uses his experience as a network analyst to help students understand how to fix problems in their own networks.

Mike will be speaking at:
Application Analysis Day
Network Troubleshooting Techniques Using the InteropNet
Packet Analysis from the Bottom Up

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User Rank: Strategist
4/24/2014 | 9:57:18 AM
re: 7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
These sessions sound great. I love Interop for the interaction I get with such a great caliber of high-tech professionals, thought leaders, and top execs at vendors and enterprises. It's a great mix.
Susan Fogarty
Susan Fogarty,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/19/2014 | 12:45:18 AM
re: 7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
I agree, Michele's workshop should be great. And learning how to relate to people is a skill you will use your whole life long. I am excited about Ivan Peplnjak's workshops on virtual networks and private clouds. I started reading Ivan's articles back in 2001 (I think) but I have never seen him live.
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/18/2014 | 3:42:26 PM
re: 7 Reasons To Head For Vegas: IT's Secret Weapons
I work for Interop, and we're really excited about Michele's workshop. It's a different, but very useful, focus on how to relate to one another as people. That's going to be incredibly important as traditional silos around IT disciplines come down. And it's one of the favorites based on pre-registration numbers. Are there other workshops or sessions people are excited about?
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