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7 Cool Products At Interop New York

Interop New York spotlights innovative products covering SDN, BYOD, PaaS, data center management, and more. Take a look.



In its ninth year, Interop New York will showcase rapidly evolving technologies like cloud and data center management, mobile and BYOD, security, SDN, DevOps, and network performance. The conference kicks off on Monday, Sept. 29.

One category that's sure to be top of mind for conference-goers is software-defined networking, an emerging technology with market growth of almost 200% from 2012 to 2013, according to research from Infonetics. Infonetics predicts the market for SDN Ethernet switches and controllers will reach $18 billion by 2018.

And hardware is only part of package: new applications are being designed to take advantage of the automation, programmability and scale promised by SDN. Hewlett-Packard, sensing this trend, is unveiling its own SDN app store at Interop (featured here in our list of cool products).

In the ever-changing mobile space, BYOD and device management remain concerns for IT leaders as more employees demand to use personal smartphones and tablets at work. Wearable devices like smartwatches and smartglasses are in the nascent stage but all roads lead to aggressive enterprise adoption of wearables over the next few years. Gartner forecasts that the use of Google Glass and other smartglasses will help add more than $1 billion per year to company profits by 2017. Two companies with products on our list, JAMF Software and Mobile Helix, help companies tackle the arduous task of managing and securing mobile devices and apps.

And of course there's the network, the data center, and the cloud, all converging into one dynamic environment to manage. Products from ActiveState (cloud app dev and management) and Opengear (network and data center management) are good places to start to help bring order to this turbulent realm.

We also found room on this list for a non-software product that's still critical to an IT team's productivity: the desk. Workplace ergonomics company, Humanscale, will be on hand to showcase its state-of-the-art office chairs, desks, and monitor stands.

With 125 exhibitors setting up shop at Interop New York, there were many cool products to choose from. The following are seven standouts that caught our editors' eyes. This collection is not a definitive list, but a rather a jumping-off point for you to explore these products and others like them designed to address critical enterprise IT challenges.

In its ninth year, Interop New York (Sept. 29 to Oct. 3) is the premier event for the Northeast IT market. Strongly represented vertical industries include financial services, government, and education. Join more than 5,000 attendees to learn about IT leadership, cloud, collaboration, infrastructure, mobility, risk management and security, and SDN, as well as explore 125 exhibitors' offerings. Register with Discount Code MPIWK to save $200 off Total Access & Conference Passes.

Shane O'Neill is Managing Editor for InformationWeek. Prior to joining InformationWeek, he served in various roles at CIO.com, most notably as assistant managing editor and senior writer covering Microsoft. He has also been an editor and writer at eWeek and TechTarget. ... View Full Bio

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