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The Interop conference and exhibition, where technology innovation is on display everywhere you look, gets underway on Monday in Las Vegas. The event features more than 125 workshops and conference classes, and more than 300 companies will be showing their latest technologies. Taking place at the same time is the inaugural InformationWeek CIO Summit, an event designed to help companies create an organization and culture that places a premium on innovation.
The workshops, classes and sessions provide the information and case studies that tech leaders need to move forward, while the exhibit floor showcases the new products and technologies available to help them accomplish their goals. We highlight a few of those products in this slideshow.
One such product is the INE Gen III, iTrinegy's network emulator, which will be officially released to the world on May 7. One among a family of products, the INE Gen III recreates various network dysfunctions -- such as latency, jitter, packet drops and so on -- to let you test application performance. The Gen III sports an easy-to-use programming language that allows users to "program" the emulator to take care of any required action on the incoming or outbound datastream. As a result, you get greater control of the data packets. Pricing is $20,000, and the Gen III will ship at the end of the second quarter this year.
On a separate note, iTrinegy's AppQoS is a Best of Interop finalist in the Management & Monitoring category.
Dell is showcasing three new additions to its networking clan: The Dell Networking S5000, the company's first 1U modular LAN/SAN switching platform, will give you pay-as-you-grow Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity. The slender storage switch houses four modules, and users can populate a single module when starting out; then increase as needed instead of buying all four modules at once. The switch will be available in July, and pricing will depend on how you populate the available slots. Dell says that the S5000 will run from approximately $20,000 to $35,000.
Dell is also showing its new Active Fabric solutions for SDN-enabled design. Active Fabric uses high-density and low-latency fixed-form factor 10/40-GbE switches. Plus, the software abstraction layer that SDN provides allows for open programmability, adapting the infrastructure for different customer environments.
Lastly, the company's Active Fabric Manager tool automates planning, designing, building and monitoring networking fabrics. This next-gen management software includes an intuitive design wizard, a step-by-step approach -- as opposed to scores of command line entries -- along with role-based access.
In the Best of Interop Awards, the Dell Networking S5000 is a finalist in the Data Center & Storage category.
Now dig into our slideshow to get a look at other cool products expected at Interop Las Vegas 2013.
ExtraHop Networks will show off its new appliance, the EH8000. This single appliance lets IT managers examine application-level transaction details from immense volumes of network traffic. The EH8000 can handle L2 to L7 transaction analysis for up to a sustained 20 Gbps. The company says that one EH8000 can analyze more than 400,000 transactions per second. The product extracts application-level health and performance metrics, including uniform resource identifiers (URIs) associated with HTTP 500 errors and the whereabouts of corrupted files in network-attached storage.
Pricing ranges from $4 to $12 per server, per month, depending on your platform and modules. The company has been shortlisted in two separate Best of Interop categories: The EH8000 is a finalist in the Management & Monitoring Category, and ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a finalist in the Cloud Computing & Virtualization category.
Aryaka, a cloud-based WAN optimization pioneer, will exhibit its suite of networking and collaborative applications. The company's products -- WAN Optimization as-a-Service, Network as-a-Service and Application Delivery as-a-Service -- are designed to deliver superior communication, collaboration and business productivity.
Aryaka maintains multiple points of presence around the world, which are connected using private links such as L2, MPLS and VPLS, among others. Behind the scenes, each point of presence hosts a multi-tenant software stack with Aryaka's optimization software. Users connect to Aryaka using an Internet link, multiple links or a point-to-point L2 link to the nearest point of presence.
Aryaka's pricing starts at about $500, per location, for a T1-sized subscription. Expo highlight: Araka will announce enhancements to MyAryaka, the company's customer portal.
Lastly, the company's Network as-a-Service is a finalist in the Best of Interop's Networking category.
With today's compute-from-anywhere demands, IT managers have to grapple with the challenge of managing existing local systems alongside new cloud services. And that's where ScienceLogic comes in. The company will demo the latest release of ScienceLogic Platform version 7.3, its Smart IT software. The latest iteration of ScienceLogic's data center and cloud management technology promises multi-tenant support for Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud Director.
ScienceLogic's technology lets you collect data from any computing source and provide actionable information. All the while, the Smart IT software gives you a flexible and unified monitoring and management platform for hybrid cloud and converged compute environments. Pricing starts at $15 per device with volume discounting.
Storage device maker LaCie will exhibit two of its latest products: the 5big NAS Pro and 2big NAS. The five-bay network-attached storage (NAS) unit sports a dual-core 2.13-GHz Intel 64-bit Atom processor and 4 GB of RAM. It also boasts dual LAN and link aggregation for optimized network speeds. The 5big NAS Pro enables users to collaborate easily, thanks to a single interface for network/cloud storage and remote access. Data remains secure, owing to client-side cloud encryption and SimplyRAID. (LaCie, in fact, owns its cloud storage, Wuala.)
The company's more affordable two-bay device ships with an ARM 2-GHz CPU and 256 MB of RAM. Like its sibling, the 2big NAS comes with a comprehensive (and automated) backup system for all your computers. Both devices are available now, and pricing starts at $529 and $179, respectively.
ESET Security for Microsoft SharePoint Server, by ESET North America, makes a splash entrance in Las Vegas this week with its software release candidate. With this preview launch, the company claims to be the first and only antivirus vendor that offers protection to users of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. ESET's software not only scans files, but it also probes deep inside the SharePoint content database itself and uses granular, rules-based filtering. The program prevents unauthorized or inappropriate content to be stored in the database by blocking certain uploads based on file name, file size, and/or file type. On top of that, it minimizes sensitive files from exiting the database by blocking download attempts, thanks to these same filters.
ESET says that prices have not yet been set. However, the cost will be based on the standard Microsoft Client Access License (CAL) method. ESET will sell licenses for its software based on the total number of clients that need access -- not per on-premises server installation or per connected endpoint.
Adaptive Private Networking (APN) 3.0 by Talari Networks will debut at the show. APN is the company's dynamic operating software to support Talari's family of Mercury WAN appliances. APN 3.0 provides sophisticated and streamlined features that go beyond traditional tools that only measure and monitor network happenings. APN 3.0 mitigates action in real time so you don't need to worry about whether there is latency or loss on the network. APN 3.0 continuously measures path quality, which automatically directs traffic and ensures that critical data always has the best path.
Talari will also showcase its suite of Mercury WAN appliances. APN 3.0 is a free upgrade for existing customers and will be available in July. The Managed Network Service component of APN 3.0 will be sold separately, starting at $5,995. Finally, APN 3.0 is a Best of Interop finalist in the Performance Optimization & Testing category.
Interop will be the official launching platform for Xpress Send. The company, which will run live demos at the show, offers cloud computing, enterprise applications and IT management. Its new product, Xpress Send, is a deployment system that lets system admins make global changes to their servers and workstations from a Web console. Xpress Send lets users install software, remove software, install updates, reboot systems, inventory computers and tackle data migrations, among other features. The software can be deployed directly into your virtual server environment as an appliance, or you can utilize the Xpress Send Cloud servers.
Xpress Send Hosted (or XS Hosted) is preconfigured for your environment and provided to you ready to go. Meanwhile, XS Cloud involves no server configuration and needs only a client installed on your workstations. The company uses open source operating systems and software to support Xpress Send's backend and, as a result, can deliver the goods more affordably than its competitors.
As for specific pricing, XS Hosted Virtual Appliance costs $495, with license fees starting at $20 for one year. XS Cloud comes with an initial setup fee of $75 and a one-year license fee of $32, and prices go up from there. Bonus: The company says it will offer a 35% discount on appliances and a 10% discount on licensing to folks who register at Interop.
Cloud-based provider Blue Jeans Network will show off its videoconferencing technology at the show. The company recently debuted its iPad and iPhone apps allowing for greater interoperability for meetings on-the-fly. Described as room-to-remote features, Blue Jeans helps tear down office walls by connecting mobile workers with their in-office through mobile devices. The mobile device apps flesh out the company's suite of diverse endpoints that Blue Jeans unifies into one meeting experience. Users can take advantage of business and consumer endpoints, including Cisco, Skype Lifesize, Microsoft Lync and Polycom, among others, to hook up to a meeting.