In this ESG On Location Video, ESG's Dan Conde reports on his impressions from Interop 2016, held in Las Vegas.
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Dan: Hello, this is Dan Conde from ESG. I'm here to give you some thoughts on Interop 2016, and not just about the show but the role it plays in the IT industry and how the role of networking meshes with the rest of the IT industry. This is the 30th Anniversary of Interop which is a really long time in the IT industry. In the beginning Interop played a role in showing interoperability between different devices. Hence, the name Interop. Now it has morphed into a show that provides information for practitioners and shows exhibits from companies that are not only in networking but also in storage, software deploying data center and many, many aspects of the IT landscape.
We also had interesting keynotes, like Martine Casado, currently a venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz talking about the role of open source, modern IT landscapes, including how the cloud and security impacts everything. And on the show floor we had people, including the Chief Technology Officer, Bruce Davie, describing how NSX plays a role in the data center and in the future and potentially different places as well.
We saw some winners, including Cisco winning two awards in the Nexus Fabric Manager and the next gen firewall, and from the SDN category NSX won the best of show categories. We also saw Interop go back to its roots by showing interoperability between a variety of Internet of Things devices at a section on the exhibit floor called Interop Net. You see everything from sensors to small devices, all managing to talk to each other though a lot of immersion protocols.
It's great to see Interop reach its 30th birthday, being one of the few large independent shows in IT that shows the interdependence of all aspects of IT using networking. And not only celebrating what it has accomplished in the past but also looking at the role network can play in years to come, including cloud and the Internet of Things. And we look forward to many more years of this show.