Another fabric product at the show that made my list was the Shadow 14000, an intelligent director-class switch from Sandial Systems. Why? Because with its Shadow 14000, Sandial is proposing an unprecedented ability to dynamically allocate bandwidth to selected ports. At its booth I saw a short (blame my hectic schedule) but convincing demo of how an administrator, working with the switch's HTTP-based management GUI, can assign guaranteed performance to specific ports, limit other ports to a predefined capacity, or analyze historical data for demand peaks.
Beyond the vendors and new products, I also got a lot out of the mix of training sessions, demo labs, focused discussion panels, and staged entertainment. The show definitely bears interest for people of all skills, from hands-on nerds to inquisitive CEOs and CFOs. However, you can’t go wrong keeping your eyes on my best-in-show list. Stay tuned for more to come on these subjects.