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Networking Takes Center Stage at Interop NYC

At Interop this week, networking technology will enjoy more popularity than it has in at least five years.

The trade show, which takes place Dec. 12-16 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, will host over 140 vendors. Industry diversity will be on display, from giants such as Microsoft and CA to lesser knowns such as Zeomi, Center Point, Ala., a maker of keyboards with an extra tab button next to the number pad.

But hot topics such as VoIP, application security, WAN optimization, network monitoring and federation will mark a reversal from past Interops where client-side technology dominated, said Paul Langway, founder of PVP Sales, a solution provider in Ringwood, N.J., who'll be attending the show.

A surge in IP technology and several years of serendipitous network growth within customer networks is at the heart of the change in focus at Interop, Langway said. “It shows a shift in priority—a good one,” he said. “When people started getting laid off in 2000 is was the network guys first, not the systems guys. And what happened was it got to where a lot of companies now don't know what's on their network. Correcting that is opportunity for everyone."

IP and networking are a common thread through many vendor announcements at the show. VoIP vendor Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., will unveil Avaya VPNremote software at Interop. VPNremote is firmware that can be added to any Avaya IP phone to securely extend all the functionality of a home office exchange to remote workers, said Lawrence Byrd, director of IP telephony and mobility.

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