To kick off our coverage of Interop Las Vegas (April 25-29) this year, we begin by offering you a thoughtful analysis of the show's extensive line-up of conference topics prepared by our sister site, EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet.

Writing for ENP, Charlie Schluting assesses the conference security topics thusly:

"Enterprise 2.0 -- yes you read that correctly -- is another category. If value propositions and fruitlessly comparing large businesses with agile 'Web 2.0' technologies is your thing, you'll be right at home with the four talks in the Enterprise 2.0 category. There is also a Governance, Risk and Compliance category with four talks, most dealing with compliance issues. One particular title caught my attention, though: 'Is PCI The No Child Left Behind Act For Information Security?' by Josh Corman, Research Director at Enterprise Security Practice. That is one talk I'd surely enjoy. Application Delivery 2.0 (ugh, another 2.0) deals with an interesting paradigm: delivering applications using virtualization. Meaning that each application gets its own virtual machine, which is a huge change from just a few years ago when most IT shops were still piling as many applications as could fit on large servers. Something tells me most of these talks will be a bit too high-level to really evaluate the implications of this shift in application delivery. IT Security and Risk Management includes the expected "Data Security in the Cloud" and topics related to outsourcing security, social media, and mobile security. Yawn."

For his full overview of the show, click here.

At the show

300+ vendors, including CA, Cisco, and McAfee, are showing this year, and we'll be offering in-depth coverage from our own regular contributor, Lisa Phifer, as well as daily updates from the crack reporters at

Among the free security-related programs at the show are: "Gain Without Pain: Ensuring Security and Reliability in Converged and Virtualized Data Centers - Sponsored by Ixia"; "Forensics are Not Enough! Case Studies in Proactive Network Defense using Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Technology - Sponsored by TriGeo Network Security";  and "InformationWeek Analytics - Security is Not A Four Letter Word."

Keynote speakers include Brett D. Galloway, Senior Vice President, Wireless, Security, and Routing Technology Group at Cisco who will discuss, "Borderless Networks For the Hyper-Connected Human Network," and Kristof Kloeckner, Vice President, Strategy & Enterprise Initiatives, Systems & Software, and CTO, Cloud Computing at IBM who will speak on the topic, "Cloud Computing and Smarter IT Delivery."

Also speaking as a panelist on topics in the security arena is Simon Crosby, CTO, Datacenter and Cloud Division, at Citrix Systems, Inc.

The Best of Interop award winners will be announced at this site.

 Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at