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Interop Preview: 10 Things To Do And See At The Conference

Wondering what to see and do at the Interop conference in Las Vegas?

Strap on your walking shoes because there's a hefty list of keynotes, educational boot camps, and sessions at this year's six-day event. And that's just the beginning. Add on to that a program focused on 'greening up' networks and data centers, a Start-Up City for the next wave of too-cool companies, a Web 2.0 component, and a burgeoning security track that includes an SMB program and a CSO Boot Camp.

"Interop has grown to reflect the power of the network, as well as the breadth of it," said Interop General Manager Lenny Heymann, in an interview with InformationWeek. "It's about all the things needed to help companies communicate with each other and their customers. For the last few years, though, the enterprise has been heavily influenced by what's happening in the consumer market. People want information in anyplace, anytime, on any device."

That influence has injected some new ideas, such as Web 2.0 and the Green Program, into the show, which was launched in 1986. The conference, which Heymann said has been in Las Vegas for at least 10 years now, is having a growth spurt. There will 450 vendors this year, up from 400 last year. They're also expecting upwards of 19,000 attendees this year, and that's up, as well, from about 17,000 last year.

Interop is owned by CMP Media, which also is the owner of InformationWeek.

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