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How To Maximize Your Interop Experience

There's a lot to choose from at Interop Las Vegas. These suggestions can help you get the most from the conference.

Interop Las Vegas can be overwhelming. With more than one hundred workshops and sessions over five days, and a 70,000-square-foot expo floor bursting with exhibitors, you need a plan to make the most of your time.

This day-by-day overview suggests some can’t-miss events. Use it as a guide to assemble your own schedule to make the most of your Interop experience.

Monday April 27

8:30 am Achieving Operational Excellence Through DevOps

This half-day workshop introduces the basic principles of DevOps and how they can benefit your organization. It focuses on programmability and automation, process optimization, and composable infrastructure. Attendees will get practical guidance on how to get started operationalizing application deployments.

We also offer a variety of other half-day and full-day workshops. Check out our complete list.

4:30 pm Cocktail Reception

After a day in the classroom, unwind with drinks on us. The cocktail reception is a fun way to close out the first day of the conference and gives you a chance to connect with your peers.

Tuesday April 28

8:30 am Network Automation With Ansible and Python

Boost your skill set with this half-day workshop, which provides a practical introduction to tools that can be used to automate the configuration and troubleshooting of switches, routers, firewalls, and other infrastructure. The workshop will provide real-world examples and include demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

1:00 pm Creative Leadership

Every company talks about innovation and creativity, but how do you actually make it happen? Master leadership trainer Rob Cordova offers a high-energy workshop that teaches a repeatable framework for developing and following through on creative ideas.

4:30 – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Our Expo Floor opens Tuesday afternoon with snacks and drinks.

5:00 - 6:30 pm Speed Networking

One of the benefits of a live event is the opportunity to connect with peers and colleagues. Our Speed Networking program provides a structured environment of eight mini-meetings with other IT pros (no vendors, no sales pitches) based on your preferences. You can use these meetings to make new contacts and swap experiences and ideas. Best of all, it’s included with a paid registration.

5:30 pm Best of Interop Awards

The Best of Interop awards recognize exhibitors that are helping to move business technology forward. Come and see the winners in 10 categories, or stop by their booths on the Expo floor.

Wednesday April 29

8:30 am Keynotes

Interop keynotes bring industry leaders, practitioners, and inspiring individuals to the stage. Our Wednesday keynotes include Google Fellow Urs Holzle, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Deputy General Counsel Kurt Opsahl, and Adobe’s senior vice president and CIO Gerri Martin-Flickinger.

10:30 am – 5:00 pm Track Sessions

Our sessions begin on Wednesday. Taught by independent experts, analysts and practitioners, the sessions cover essential technology areas including Infrastructure, Infosec and Risk Management, Mobility, Leadership, Storage, Virtualization, Applications, Collaboration, and SDN.

10:30 am - 5:00 pm Cloud Connect

Cloud Connect’s conference sessions run Wednesday through Friday. Cloud users, experts, and visionaries will explore how to fully leverage cloud to advance technology and business goals, tackle issues including hybrid clouds and application portability, and explore emerging technologies such as containers.

10:30 am - 5:00 pm Expo

The Expo floor opens immediately after the keynotes. You can meet with vendors from across the spectrum of enterprise technology, see the latest products, get demos, and make contacts.

8:00 – 10:00 pm Interop Party

Join us at the newly redesigned Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay for the official Interop party. Admission is included with a paid conference pass.

Thursday April 30

8:30 am Keynotes

Our Thursday keynotes include Wim Elfrink, EVP, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer at Cisco; Harper Reed, CEO of Modest and former CTO of Barak Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; and Brian Shield, VP of IT at the Boston Red Sox.

10:30 am - 5:00 pm InteropNet and SDN Labs

InteropNet is the production network that provides connectivity for attendees and exhibitors. Built from the ground up every year, and run by volunteers and exhibitor partners, it’s a live example of the conference’s mission to promote and demonstrate interoperability. InteropNet offers tours and classes throughout the week that are free to all attendees.

SDN Labs is a new feature of InteropNet. It brings together hardware and software providers such as Cisco, HP, and Alcatel-Lucent as well as new and emerging companies such as BigSwitch to test interoperability and educate attendees on SDN concepts and technologies. Stop by the lab for whiteboard sessions and live demos.

1:00 – 1:45 pm Startup Hot Seat

This unique session brings four innovative young companies to Interop. Each startup gets eight minutes to share their new ideas. Attendees and a panel of experts will grill the presenters on their technology and why they think their solution is viable.

Friday May 1

9:00 am – 12:30 pm Track Sessions

The final day of Interop culminates with a morning of engaging sessions, including Salary and Promotion Negotiation for IT, Should Your Infrastructure Look Like Google’s?, Container Challenges: Know Before You Deploy, Planning for Failure, Social Engineering: Lessons from the Real World, and How Nielsen Meets the Demands of Data-Driven Business.

12:30 – 1:30 pm Hot Dogs & Beer

Round out a great week in Vegas with lunch and a beverage or two to help you get comfortable for the trip home.

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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