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Xirrus: Wi-Fi for Large Facilities

Wi-Fi equipment maker Xirrus provided the wireless coverage for the last two Interop trade shows (as well as this one) and generally earned good reviews in the process. Founded in 2004, the Westlake, Calif.-based firm offers a veritable cornucopia of enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) gear, designed for large offices and educational institutions. The company touts its combination of WLAN switch/controllers with “thin” Access Point architecture.

John DiGiovanni, regional sales director, shows off the newest Xirrus product, an 802.11n Wi-Fi array:

Network Critical: Monitoring Communications Networks

Network Critical sells high performance network TAP (test access point) solutions – gear designed to monitor and secure communications networks. A TAP unit constantly checks the status of a network device, enabling data flow to bypass a failed module.

Network Critical offers a full menu of TAP boxes, including passive fiber breakout units and multi-link aggregation and regeneration modules. Founded in 1997, the company has offices in Buffalo, New York and the U.K.

Sales director Christopher Bihary provides some background:

Avocent: Infrastructure Management

There may be no hotter buzzword in IT today than virtualization, and Avocent is positioned to benefit from the upswing in this emerging technology. The Huntsville, Ala.-based firm first earned a name in enterprise tech by selling KVM switches and serial console management devices to many Fortune 500 outfits. Now boosting its profile in the virtualization market, the company makes infrastructure management solutions that allow sysadmins to monitor both virtual and physical data center components with a single dashboard.

Avocent recently launching an upgrade to its flagship DSView 3 management software, which (among other features) helps lessen the headaches of moving data between real and virtual boxes.

Here’s Dave Fahey, Avocent sales director:

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