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InterOP NYC: Headlining Was Cloud Computing

Friday October 22nd signified the wrap up of the week-long 2010 Interop New York Conference, which is hosted by UMB TechWeb and takes place annually at the Javits Center. The conference featured keynotes from Cisco and Redhat as well as a massive expo floor with the latest offerings from mainstays like Microsoft and Dell, several start-ups and everyone in-between – over 150 firms in all. But it was cloud computing that took center stage with the conference-within-a-conference – Enterprise Cloud Summit – receiving some of the most attention by attendees and the juiciest of panel discussions.

During one of the panels, the moderator and founder of BitCurrent, Alistair Croll perhaps drove the point home best by saying that cloud computing delivers such enormous benefits to departments and organizations that some employees are even using personal credit cards to take advantage of the services.

Noteworthy from the event were:  Microsoft’s new tag line for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform which leaves no doubt where the company stands on cloud services, the fact that 8 of the 16 keynote slots featured virtualization, security and cloud computing as did 2 of the 5 workshops with full days devoted each to public clouds, private clouds and virtualization management.

As always, the show featured InterOpNet where attendees get a hands-on look at established and emerging technologies and how they interplay in a live environment of considerable scale.

And as is often the case with cloud computing, virtualization and virtualization security were not far behind as the hot topics at the show. . This isn’t surprising since they are after all enabling technologies for cloud computing.

Altor’s own CEO, Amir Ben-Efraim, was on hand to discuss some of the challenges but also advantages that virtualization security offers when contending with meeting compliance mandates in cloud computing environments.

If you attended the event and missed out on Amir’s panel sessions, feel free to send us a comment with your question(s), or DM us on Twitter.

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Johnnie Konstantas heads Gigamon’s security solutions marketing and business development. With 20+ years in telecommunications, as well as data and cybersecurity, she has done a little bit of everything spanning engineering, product management and marketing for large firms and fledglings.

Most recently, she was the VP of Marketing at Dato, a company pioneering large-scale machine learning. She was also VP Marketing at Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper), an early leader in virtualization security and at Varonis Systems. Past roles have included product management and marketing for Check Point, Neoteris, NetScreen and RedSeal Systems.

Johnnie started her career at Motorola, designing and implementing large-scale cellular infrastructure. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.