Many Interop Highs, Manilows
Networking show upbeat except for flat keynotesNo music and passion?!" groused the Grimalkin, la-menting the fact that his Interop Las Vegas schedule at the Mandalay Bay and Barry Manilows gig schedule at the Las Vegas Hilton overlapped. The Mousers unfulfilled Manilow mania nothwithstanding, Interop attendance was on an upswing from last year. The Furball felt the shows keynotes needed pizzazz, however, and would have benefited from some Manilow magic. Tuesday, May 2, saw Gordon Stitt, co-founder of Extreme Networks, and Don Peterson, CEO of Avaya, sitting side by side, chummily taking questions from an analyst and apparently enjoying the fruits of their multiyear partnership. On Wednesday, Scott Kriens, CEO of Juniper Networks, and Dave Girouard, GM of Google Enterprise, may as well have been at different conferences. The Baron of Babble wished they had more interaction, considering the fact that their companies are on different sides of the net neutrality debate. The Furry One felt there could have been some fun fireworks if theyd debated the merits of charging content providers versus keeping the Internet operating at a flat fee. Alas.
Ciscos booth was crammed with folks, as usual, although the buzz on the show floor was that Ciscos open NAC (Network Admission Control) program isnt really that openat least, its not if youre going to compete with Cisco switches. Cisco sent ConSentry Networks a cease-and-desist letter, telling the company to back off its participation in the program after ConSentry introduced a competing network switch. ConSentry, which had joined the program to be able to integrate with Ciscos NAC implementation, obliged.