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Interop Preview: Cloud Computing, ROI In Spotlight

Times are tight, and companies may be cutting back on business travel. But that shouldn't be a reason to skip Interop, May 17-21 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, according to the conference's general manager, Lenny Heymann.

"Interop is a very efficient event and the ROI is very high," said Heymann. "It's broad and deep, and there are customizable ways in which people can get a lot of information in a short time."

The show this year features more than 400 vendors, tracks on 18 different technologies, and dozens of interactive sessions and seminars. "There's a tremendous amount of content," said Heymann, who noted that in addition to paid sessions, Interop Las Vegas also includes a number of events that can be attended free of charge.

And the lousy economy holds an upside for those planning on attending Interop. "It's never been cheaper to fly to and stay in Las Vegas," said Heymann.

In terms of content, nothing is hotter than cloud computing, and Interop "has the bases covered," said Heymann. The show features Cloud Camp on Monday evening, where attendees can exchange ideas with each other and learn more about Web-based architectures from the experts. "This allows anyone to get a toehold in terms of learning about the cloud experience," said Heymann, adding that "cloud computing is for real."

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