The 2001 Network Operations Center
Plans for the all-new revamped Network Operations Center are finally taking shape. This year's NOC will include equipment and presentations by long time CEDPA supporters as well as some newcomers. In addition to wireless connectivity, Cisco Systems will once again provide the core equipment for the NOC. Apple Corporation will continue the "iBook Loan" program with 10 iBooks available for checkout and use during the conference. Microsoft will once again provide us with temporary licensing for their products' use during the conference. Each of these vendors will also be showcasing their state-of-the-art products via technical presentations.
Other technical items of interest will be network troubleshooting by the Fluke Corporation, network management by the Dell Corporation, structured cabling systems by the Amp Corporation and network traffic/bandwidth management by Lightspeed Systems. Other solution providers are being sought for the few remaining spots to provide conference attendees with the best possible technology venue.
This year will debut a new NOC presentation format. Concurrent sessions will take place in separate rooms to avoid noise problems of the past. An "Internet Café" theme will give you ample opportunity to browse the web and check your email on Hewlett Packard personal computers, Apple iMac workstations and Tangent thin clients.
Another first will be 24-hour access to network jacks for those of you with laptops and no propensity to sleep! Internet access and email availability should be no problem this year, regardless of your individual preferences.