Window on WANs

May 9 2011   11:20AM GMT

Even forward-thinking networks must be conservative

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

When it comes time to refresh your network, wide area network or otherwise, what new technology should you incorporate to make your business run better? Is there such thing as implementing technology that is too advanced?

According to Glenn Evans, lead architect of InteropNet, there is such thing as being too advanced. Evans builds a vendor-sponsored network to showcase the newest technologies of the day while supporting the whims and wills of more than 250 speakers, 350 vendors and 13,000 attendees. Each year, he refreshes the network with the latest and greatest network technology, but even he recognizes that in order to make a fully-functioning production network you can’t go to the bleeding edge. At this year’s Interop, InteropNet is using a new DNS and cloud technologies to negate a single point of failure in the network. Evans was also able to use 10 gig and deploy IPv6 in InteropNet.

So what technology did he avoid? Find out in our Q&A here: InteropNet blends cutting-edge technologies with network needs. Or check out our Interop Las Vegas 2011 special news coverage.

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