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LinuxWorld: Taking the N+I trek

May 22, 2000, 23:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"The annual pilgrimage of computer professionals during the second week of May to Las Vegas for the Networld+Interop Conference and Exhibition successfully brought together people from many industries and countries, all looking for solutions to their networking problems or the next great networking technology. The conference is a merger of two earlier conferences: Networld, focused on Novell's networking and platform issues, and Interop, focused on Internet network technologies. It has become much more and now includes voice over IP, 64-bit operating systems, security software, Internet appliances, routers and switches, and integration software. Among those, I discovered a number of Linux gems."

"The conference itself was probably most exciting to Linux users who work specifically on new networking technologies. Most of the talks focused on current and emerging network technologies such as voice over IP, IPv6, IPsec, DSL, multiservice WANs, and such. They were fairly platform independent, which is fine for a networking conference. The real action was taking place on the exhibition floor -- that is, if you could skip past the standard run of conference gimmicks and go straight to those companies touting Linux technology."

"Small rack-mountable appliance servers were out in force, giving companies such as Cobalt Networks a bit of future competition. I saw a number of small companies exhibiting their 1U height servers. Network Engines offered their WebEngine line of clusterable 1U height servers, the Celeron-based Roadster LX and the dual Pentium III based Viper LX. The company also had a AdminEngine server for administrating clusters of its WebEngine systems. Unfortunately, AdminEngine runs NT, although it can manage Linux-based WebEngines."

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