Hot Topics at the Interop ITX 2017 Conference in Las Vegas

The Interop ITX conference returns to Las Vegas in little over a week. While Interop has been a mainstay in the enterprise I.T. industry for roughly 30 years, this year's conference promises some new programming the organizers hope will reinvigorate interest. Changes include a review board, six new event tracks, and a series of "lightning talks" in which speakers will give five-minute presentations to be followed by panel discussions.

This year's event, which will be held in the MGM Grand from May 15-19, will focus on issues such as security, cloud, DevOps, data and analytics, and infrastructure. The conference will include 130 sessions consisting of hands-on, panel, and speaker-led sessions.

Expanded Format

Event organizers said the decision to change Interop's format and expand its programming was due to the need to address modern trends such as artificial intelligence and security, expanding beyond its traditional focus on networking and infrastructure technology. The event will include more than two dozen sessions related to cloud technology, with cloud content being offered on each of the five days.

Several of those sessions aim to take a closer look at the role containers play in cloud-delivered services, and how they can be deployed and managed both within the cloud and on-premises. Other sessions will focus on various in-cloud services, such as the need for cloud operations to be unbound from infrastructure and tied to applications.

Security will also be a subject of major attention this year, with events focusing on strategies enterprises can use to block ransomware attacks, and how to respond to attacks once they've taken place.

Other sessions will focus on what companies can do to promote internal security, identify malicious insiders, and mitigate threats coming from within the organization without having to resort to Big Brother tactics.

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