Folks, this is a first for me on this blog – a guest post. In this case, I was interviewed by TechnologyAdvice’s Clark Buckner about my involvement with Interop. Since I’m a big fan of Interop as a vendor-neutral conference designed to bring together all the IT silos, it was an easy interview to do. Clearly, this article is a marketing piece for Interop, but in fairness, I believe it’s a valuable show to attend. I’m seeing good conversations between IT folks come as a result of the show.
Full disclosure: I am compensated by United Business Media for my Interop duties as a speaker and a track chair, but was not compensated to do this interview or run this guest post.
This guest post is written by Clark Buckner, TechnologyAdvice‘s Online Events Manager. The information and interview are about Ethan Banks’ position as the Infrastructure Track Coordinator at this year’s Interop NY.
When Ethan Banks and Greg Ferro decided to start Packet Pushers, an audio program covering the data networking industry, in 2010, they had no idea it would grow to be downloaded over two and a half million times, with each show typically experiencing over 9,000 downloads. Before Packet Pushers, Ethan and Greg couldn’t find any content talking about the kind of things that are interesting to people who build networks every day. Apparently, they weren’t alone.
Much of the reason Packet Pushers has been so successful is its focus on applicable technical information gained from firsthand experience. Ethan remains active in the networking industry with a current job at Carenection in addition to maintaining his prestigious Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification. Ethan remaining active in the networking industry has been integral to the success of Packet Pushers. According to Ethan, the less time you spend working directly with a skill, the more you lose the nuance and what it means to take that tech and apply it to real world situations.
That is what makes Interop so valuable.
Interop is the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to educate and inspire the current IT community. Interop attendees are given the opportunity to attend a number of practical and diverse tracks and sessions to hear content from people who know their material really well. The Interop speakers are drawing from experience to explain technical notions in useful ways.
But the speakers are only a part of what makes Interop so special. After sitting in a session or observing booths at the expo, you get the chance to talk to other conference attendees about their experiences to gain a more in-depth understanding. Attendees are encouraged to bounce ideas off one another and share current IT problems to more effectively discuss solutions with industry professionals.
Ethan, who is an Interop track chair, speaker, and advisory board member, fully supports Interop’s ability to impact business operations. He began his journey at Interop a few years ago as a speaker and has been going ever since to connect with industry professionals and attend practical sessions.
Interop has something for everyone in the industry no matter what level of IT you are working in, from C-level executives to employees deep in the data trenches up to their elbows in equipment.
According to Ethan, the IT industry as a whole is currently experiencing a big convergence of disciplines, where virtualization, networking, storage, and everything in between are coming together. IT professionals who traditionally worked in silos now have to come together to cultivate successful industry growth. At Interop, attendees show up and share information across all disciplines with everyone.
In the words of Ethan, “It’s the perfect conference for where the IT industry is right now.”
At this year’s Interop conference in New York City, Ethan will be leading a session on active/active data centers, which is when two data centers are simultaneously accepting customer traffic in real time. Ethan will discuss how these centers manage data recovery, how to build a support network, how to go about big data and storage synchronization for real time traffic, and a number of other related topics. In addition, a number of speakers will be presenting on network automation, a hot topic in the IT industry.
Interop attendees who engage the conference to the fullest will leave New York with a collection of valuable content to improve operation at their organization, in addition to connections with other IT professionals that can be developed for useful insight.
Listen to the full podcast below for more information on Ethan Banks and what to expect from Interop this year.