LAS VEGAS -- Interop -- OK, maybe there wasn't exactly a "frenzy" over software-defined networking (SDN), especially considering the first and last keynotes Wednesday morning neatly avoided the topic. It was a good morning of discussion regarding the future of the network, though, with SDN overshadowing even the non-SDN parts. Some audience members grumbled about the product-heavy nature of keynotes from Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc., but an SDN panel and a surprise announcement from the Open Compute Project seemed to go over well. And judging by this line, there's still a hunger to sit in a dark room after breakfast and listen to relative strangers talk into microphones. Click forward for more (of the keynotes, not the line).
re: Interop Photos: SDN Keynote Frenzy I'm gonna guess Citrix padded the vote (or just had a lot of early risers at the keynote). I wasn't gonna vote in the best-of-Best-Of Interop, but I couldn't believe HackerRack wasn't running away with it.
I mean, I'm sure the Citrix bundle thing is all very exciting and smells nice, and the Arista 7500E was notable enough that we wrote about it. But HackerRack, from what I gathered from the 2-sentence blurb they read, is a test-flying environment for combatting real time security threats. How cool does that sound?
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.