A View From the Interop Show Floor
Analysis: The clear focus of Interop 2006 was security, but wireless, VOIP and storage were all hot topics as well.While the clear focus of Interop 2006 was security, technologies including wireless, voice over IP and storage were the subject of chatter at the show, held here from April 30 to May 5. While walking the show floor, at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center, I noticed that the Security Zone was the biggest specialized area and was populated with many of the usual suspects. Intrusion prevention and detection systems and anything with "SSL" in its name were all wedged in. On-demand application access vendor Citrix Systems was there, for example, with its Citrix Access Gatewayan SSL VPN appliance that provides access to protocols and applications.
This underscored a theme that I also saw in many of the education sessions I attended at the conference: controlling access. While the RSA Security Conference offers a heavy dose of high-level cryptography and vendor-to-vendor business development, Interop ladles out practical access management information to front-line IT managers.