Their offerings ran the IT gamut: wireless gear, network monitoring solutions, video conferencing, spam-filtering software the list goes on. The huge convention hall at the Javits Center was cram-packed with booths, all staffed by sales reps eager to give their pitch.
Here are some highlights from the show, which took place Oct. 23-25:
Avistar: Desktop Video Conferencing
Avistar, based in San Mateo, Calif., delivers desktop video calling and multi-party conferencing, enabling staffers anywhere in the world to see each other as they converse.
The company offers a turnkey solution, bundling the software, camera, and head set. Connectivity options include a private line, metro Ethernet, or a T-3 link. Also available are Avistars partner IP networks, with a VPN gateway provided and managed by Avistar. The cost per seat for the hosted solution ranges from $60 to $80 per month.
Simon Moss, president of Avistar, demonstrates the companys desktop video product:
ServerLift: Lifting Your Heavy Gear
Lifting a heavy-duty server up to its rack space can require some serious muscle, so a device designed to lift and press these cumbersome computing boxes comes in handy.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, ServerLift sells, in essence, forklifts that are customized for servers. The devices are rated to lift up to 500 pounds, placing weighty severs into a rack space eight feet above ground.
David Zuckerman, the companys operations manager, shows off one of the machines:
A Server that Fits in Your Hand
Since the days of the hulking mainframe, servers have gotten smaller and smaller. A Japanese company, PlatHome, has taken that trend to its logical extreme: it makes a server so small it fits in your hand.
Martin Killmann, a company representative, (who, incidentally, is a German who speaks both English and Japanese in addition to his native language) provided a glimpse of this Linux-based, palm-sized unit:
Microsoft and the Interop Vendor Alliance
Since the theme of the Interop trade show was interoperability, its no surprise that Microsoft was there to tout its efforts to make its products work well with other vendors. After all, its only good business: the better its applications interface with those of partners and competitors alike, the better positioned the software giant is to maintain market share.
To that end, Microsoft has formed the Interop Vendor Alliance, an organization that includes the likes of Red Hat, Novell, XenSource, Brocade, AMD, and dozens of other tech companies. (The full list is here.)
Sam Rosenbalm, a business development manager for Microsoft, gave an example of how the vendor alliance works:
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