Networld + Interop, one of the world's biggest networking shows, is relying on the cutting edge technology it intends to promote.
The show's main focus is Interopnet, which organisers claim is the largest mobile voice and data network in the world.
Organisers said Interopnet is "the premier example of multivendor, multiprotocol interoperability in the industry". It will connect 600 exhibitors attending the event, held in Atlanta this week.
Lead Interopnet engineer Jim Martin said the network features voice-over-IP and wireless technology, xDSL and cable modems, all of which would run side by side across the site.
Exhibitors include Hi/fn, which launched an encryption chip for routers and switches. Hi/fn said the chip would cut bottlenecks on virtual private networks, caused by current encryption and authentication techniques.
The encryption algorithms run much faster on the processor than they do in software, said Hi/fn. "The chip performs Triple-DES encrypt and decrypt operations nearly 10 times faster," a spokesman said.
Lieberman and Associates announced its Lan Intensive Care Utilities for NT. It takes a snapshot of NT systems on a regular basis, which can be used to rebuild the systems if the account database is destroyed.
Arthur Andersen said it had been working with Fluke to define best practices for network maintenance. The companies identified seven areas of best practice they claim can be implemented in any network larger than 100 nodes to increase uptime and save network support costs.
Steve Ranger is a reporter on Computing.
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