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From Interop Las Vegas: How Can IT Departments Conquer SDN & BYOD Challenges?

Two Hot Keynote Panels Offer Actionable Advice for IT Pros

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Interop today highlights two new keynote panels focused on the challenges and opportunities BYOD and SDN present to enterprise IT. Interop Las Vegas takes place March 31-April 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information about the keynote lineup or to register, visit:

Interop Las Vegas - March 31-April 4

BYOD: Not just a trend, but a state of mind
Business users are demanding unlimited mobile access to the information they need—on the newest devices they can get. But with so many different types of mobile devices, is this model sustainable? According to Gartner, the unexpected consequences of BYOD programs are doubling or even tripling the size of the mobile workforce. On Thursday morning, Interop mobility experts will present examples of real enterprises' BYOD strategies. Led by UBM Tech Director of Editorial Susan Nunziata, the panelists will outline IT and security pitfalls and share actionable advice to prepare IT infrastructures. Panelists include:

  • Steve Brar, Manager, Global Product Marketing, HP Networking
  • Brian Robison, Principal Technology Evangelist, XenMobile
  • Mike Schutz, General Manager Windows Server and Management, Microsoft

SDN: Where is it headed?
SDN implementations are beginning to deliver real enterprise value as product sets mature and IT professionals gain a better understanding of how SDN can enhance networking capabilities. 451 Research Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman will bring together SDN thought leaders from different regions of networking to discuss what's happening with SDN and lend predictions for its future. The following panelists will present during the Wednesday morning SDN keynote:

  • Arpit Joshipura, Vice President, Product Management & Strategy, Dell Networking
  • Steve Shah, Senior Director of Product Management, Citrix
  • Dominic Wilde, Vice President of Global Product Line Management, HP Networking

"We've seen the debut of SDN deployments and their ability to better align the network to applications. And BYOD is now forcing changes in policies, applications and even network architecture," said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. "With so much recent movement in mobility and SDN, these two practical panel discussions—and all keynote sessions—are must-sees."

The following IT experts will also present from the keynote stage:

  • Rob Cordova, Master Leadership Trainer
  • Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware
  • Stephen Gillett, COO, Symantec
  • Rebecca Jacoby, CIO & Senior Vice President, Cisco
  • Gregory Smith, CTO, ASCD & Author of Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social, and Cloud-based World
  • Larry Quinlan, Global CIO, Deloitte

Keynote sessions will take place Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 am. The full keynote lineup is available at

About Interop®
Interop® is the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inform and inspire the world's IT community. Part of UBM Tech's family of global brands, Interop® drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with Interop New York held each fall, with annual international events in India, London and Tokyo, all produced by UBM Tech and partners. For more information about these events, visit

About UBM Tech
UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology communities through live events, online properties and custom services. UBM Tech's community-focused approach provides its users and clients with expertly curated research, education, training, community advocacy, user-generated content and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities that serve the Electronics, Security, Enterprise IT and Communications, Network Infrastructure and Applications, Game and App Developers, and Tech Marketing communities. UBM Tech's brands include Black Hat, DesignCon, EE Times, Enterprise Connect, Game Developers Conference (GDC), HDI, InformationWeek, and Interop. Create, a UBM Tech full range marketing services division, includes custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs based on its content and technology market expertise. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. For more information, go to

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