Blog: Musings From Interop ITX 2017

By Ritesh Mukherjee |

Bright lights, slots and cocktails, splashy shows, and (of course) tech conferences are instant associations that come to mind when you think of Las Vegas. As one of the leading sponsors for Interop ITX 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, 128 Technology camped in the oasis for an entire week, taking in all the discussions, speaking to potential customers, and spreading the word on how we are solving complex networking issues. Staying true to the code — “What Happens Here, Stays Here” — we’ll restrict this reflection to the conference only.

Interop 2017 Banner Winner

Interop turned out to be an outstanding conference with compelling speakers, great conversations, and unlimited networking opportunities. As with every conference, there were anxious moments to get our booth, demos, and countless other items in place before it all began. Needless to say, the 128 Technology team brought it home in style. Our booth looked tremendous, our demos were gripping, and we were bubbling with joy.

Overall, the presentation sessions mainly focused on four topics — Infrastructure, Security, Analytics, and DevOps. None of the new product announcements were mind-blowing, but rather incremental improvements to existing solutions. We’re not too surprised, as this has been an industry trend over the past several years.

You see, at 128 Technology, we are fighting to change the status quo and bring real innovation to our industry, rather than provide just another quick fix. At our booth, we were showing this through demos of the 128T Networking Platform which explained how session-oriented networking can truly make networking simpler, efficient, and more resilient.

 

Alejandro Salinas from Groupon said in his session at Interop, “The line that defines winners and losers is the line of criteria and the culture.” This resonated with me because it closely aligns with the 128 Technology philosophy – choosing the wrong building blocks for networks can (and most likely will) certainly lead to accruing technical debt and high costs.

With all this, we were still slightly overwhelmed by the requests for trials and product deployments. We were also surprised to see that our presentation session had no seating room available and attendees had to stand to hear Andy Ory, CEO and founder, present the 128 Technology vision. After the presentation, we received fabulous feedback and it was heartwarming to see many of the attendees visit our booth to get more information and discuss solutions.

Mixing some fun with serious conversation is always a good thing. In that vein, we sponsored the Official Interop ITX Party at Topgolf. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, great music, and golf were the perfect way to unwind after a full day of sessions.

The icing on the cake was really when 128 Technology took home the award for Emerging Vendor in the Best of Interop ITX – Infrastructure for our 128T Networking Platform. Being recognized among peers, customers, and partners is always a morale booster and it will continue to drive our innovation engine geared towards solving complex networking issues. As Susie Wee from Cisco said in her session, “111 billion lines of code are being run on infrastructure – we hope that we (can) bring value.”

If you missed us at Interop ITX and want to learn more about what we do, start by requesting our Hypersegmentation White Paper.

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