Interop News: Word from the show floor

So the show is open, the booths are built, and the crowds have descended on the exhibitors. My first impression: Wow. If trade show attendance is any indication of an industry's heath, then data networking is heading toward a boom. I haven't seen a computer-industry trade show floor look this good in at least six years. People are talking purchases, exhibitors are showing lots of new products, and everyone seems

So the show is open, the booths are built, and the crowds have descended on the exhibitors. My first impression: Wow. If trade show attendance is any indication of an industry's heath, then data networking is heading toward a boom. I haven't seen a computer-industry trade show floor look this good in at least six years. People are talking purchases, exhibitors are showing lots of new products, and everyone seems to be in a good mood (as opposed to the the grim, depressed feeling that ruled for a while). Some quick observations:

Interop's Favorite Car: The Mini Cooper. They're cute, they can be wrapped with neat graphics, and they fit into a standard 20 x 20 booth. What's not to like?

Exhibitor's Favorite Accessory: Booth models are back in a fairly big way. I will say no more.

Big Themes: Wireless (of all sorts, from satellite to RFID): Mobility (with an emphasis on presence: Security (NAC, firewalls, and mobile security rank high): Layer 1 (10 Gig over copper is being shown in several place, I had a conversation with a company about 40 Gig over copper possibilities(!), and fixed-point wireless is scattered around the floor).

Surprisingly Quiet: 802.11n (I'm seeing it exhibited in several booths, but no one is really making a lot of noise about it) and WiMAX (similar to 802.11n).

There will be more to come soon...I've got miles to go before I...well, you know...

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