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While at Interop '07 in Las Vegas, I noticed that several vendors were talking about their application acceleration technologies. These are technologies that speed up the end-users experience when it comes to working with networked applications.
In case you missed it, last week, I announced ZDNet's Deputy Tester of the Week program. I came up with the idea after realizing that solution providers (hardware, software, services, etc.
If you've seen any of my other Dead Finger Technology interviews, then you know how this works. We find some unsuspecting person who looks like s/he is really into their technology.
We may be generating a bunch of video from Interop. But we weren't so busy with the video production that we've been avoiding e-mail.
While a bunch of the solutions I've spotted on the Interop show floor so far have come from small innovative companies, Cisco is here demonstrating that even the big-boys can come up with a cool idea or two. Earlier today, Cisco CEO John Chambers took the stage for the show's opening keynote.
Endace calls it's platform the Ninja Pro. However, here at Interop 2007, I suggested to the company that they call it "Haystack" (or "Haystack Pro" instead).
As I continued my hunt for new and interesting technologies on the Interop 2007 show floor here in Las Vegas, I encountered MGE Office Protection Systems. The company claims to have a new uninterruptible power supply solution that offers a degree of investment protection given the way it's low-of-the-hi-end 5 kVA UPS Pulsar MX UPS can be purchased as a stand alone UPS, or as a part of a larger enclosed solution that takes four Pulsars, thus scaling to 20 kVA.
True to form for an edition of Interop, the show floor here at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas is chock full of rack-mounted network connectivity gear. Whereas hubs and routers were the stars of years gone by, today's floor is dominated by Ethernet switches of all types and sizes -- from the very small for home and small business use, to the wireless, to carrier grade equipment.
Here in Las Vegas at Interop 2007 while roaming the show floor prior to the start of the event, I bumped into the folks at the NetGear booth who were preparing to announce several products at the show. But the one the grabbed my attention was the latest ReadyNAS network attached storage device.