Great Expectations: Interop 2011

May is here, and to many of us in the networking world, that means one thing: It’s Interop time.

As the anticipation grows, we thought it would be a good idea to consider what’s going to be hot this year, aside from the Nevada desert. From where we sit, two themes we anticipate to be hot this year at Interop are: IPv6 and cloud computing.

IPv6 Love

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, IPv6 is here. Finally. And that means that it’s time to start thinking how you’re going to implement it and how it will affect your business. While IPv6 has proven it works, transitioning to the new protocol will take some planning. You can expect to see plenty of discussion about this in the networking tracks at Interop, but the How Do We Finally Get to IPv6? session sounds like it should be a perfect jumping in point. Also, we’d recommend taking a tour of the InteropNet where the guide will explain how Qwest and InteropNet designed and deployed a dual stack IPv4/IPv6 network for the conference.

Cloud Coverage

The Enterprise Cloud Summit also promises to be a hot ticket this year as it moves from a discussion of the “what” and “why” of cloud to the “how”. We highly recommend this deep dive into utility computing where you’ll find valuable information about emerging design patterns and best practices; keeping data private in public places; economics justification; and lessons learned in the real world. And if you’re interested in the service provider perspective, you don’t want to miss the Carrier Cloud Forum for a peer-to-peer tête-à-tête about building manageable billable cloud infrastructures.

 What do you think will be the hot topics at the show?

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