I returned from Interop late last week and thought I share my observations from the trip. It was nice to see all the familiar faces from the industry converge at Mandalay Bay to push the frontiers of technology. Interop formally calls itself a conference that helps IT professionals "Discover IT." However, this year at Interop 2013, a more accurate descriptor would be a conference to help IT professionals "Discover Mobile." 2013 is indubitably the year of mobile. Vendors and end-users alike were eager to discuss how to mitigate concerns over BYOD, and how to incorporate wireless technology in an enterprise's network operations.
I certainly feel proud to say that we were the sole wireless provider of Interop for the third consecutive year supporting thousands of conference attendees with reliable connectivity for smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Just out of curiosity, I looked up at the number of rogue wireless radios that could be seen from the InteropNet wireless network – whopping 1630 radios. Watch Mike Rydalch jazzed about his experience setting up InteropNet wireless network.
It was a hectic 3-4 days with packed with activities. On Tuesday, we announced unified access strategy and new line of wired switching products. Additionally, Bruce Miller, Xirrus vice president of product marketing, participated at the roundtable on mobility in the enterprise, and presented a session on Wi-Fi optimization.
This year we also showcased surveillance solution with our partner Axis Communications streaming live surveillance video from various locations across the convention center.
Each year, Interop is an invigorating, inspiring, and, of course, educational event. I enjoy soaking myself with all the new ideas that industry think tanks have to share on using technology to solve customer challenges. Wish I could sit in a few more sessions. Were there any sessions or vendor announcements that caught your attention?
Interop 2013 may have drawn to a close, but I will be back soon to share my thoughts on all that is going on inside Xirrus.