It is Interop week at Las Vegas – a veritable Internetworking hotbed and dubbed the IT event of the year. Amidst the jugglers, showgirls, freebies and gizmos (I’m talking about the exhibition floor here :-)), the amount of innovation on display can be quite staggering. While a majority of topics in the conference this year are trending towards virtualization and cloud computing, it is clear that the entire Enterprise network is evolving significantly, as businesses add video, mobility and Web 2.0 to their networks.
Speeds and feeds are still important. But also important is being able to deliver compelling business value. Can a new innovation continue to deliver on performance, while increasing uptime, saving energy, providing better manageability and in the process save cost, reduce TCO and increase productivity? Mapping a technical capability or technology advancement to business impact is important, and it is what our customers are looking for.
In fact, the Best of Interop award epitomizes this by recognizing exhibitors with innovations that have the most significant technical impact on their segment and are helping to move business technology forward.
This year, Cisco has four major innovations that have been selected as “Best of Interop Finalists 2010”. These include:
- Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) – Data Center and Storage category
- Cisco WAAS Mobile for Public Clouds – Performance Optimization category
- Cisco ASA 5500 Series Version 8.3 – Security category
- Cisco CleanAir Technology – Wireless and Mobility category
The Cisco CleanAir Technology was actually announced on the day of Interop. A few other announcements are pending. The winners are going to be announced tomorrow, but it has been a great ride thus far to be picked as Finalists in these categories.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed