Las Vegas, Nevada
The show was held at a smaller venue at Mandalay Bay conference center but the turnout was pretty good. Some of the highlights:
- Day 1 keynote by Cisco's CEO, John Chambers, emphasized that customers would prefer getting complete solutions from one vendor, otherwise cost of integration would run high. Also, security was a big customer concern that Cisco is addressing very aggressively. Cisco introduced Adaptive Security Appliance, which consolidated firewalls, VPN and IDS appliances all into one device.
- Day 2 keynote by Juniper Networks' CEO, Scott Kriens, said the multi-vendor partnerships will provide best-of-breed IT solutions for the customers. He emphasized open standards and the customers' ability to make choices.
- Extreme Networks launching devices based on its proprietary XOS operating system. The company says it plans to open up XOS API's to partners, which would allow other devices to communicate with Extreme switches via XML.
- Intel, along with box partner Alvarion, demonstrated WiMax broadband wireless capability in and around Mandalay Bay casino, where the conference was held.
- Server management vendors announced products that will let IT managers control multiple remote locations from one centralized location.
- And more!