Workshops and Summits

Kick Off Your Interop ITX Experience With Our Summits and Workshops

Held on Monday and Tuesday, these long-form programs are designed to provide you with additional opportunities for immersive and in-depth education. View our summits and workshops in the conference agenda.


Prepare for emerging technologies and master the challenges of today with our Summit programs. Organized and hosted by well-known industry experts, Summits provide attendees with broad perspective from an array of speakers who explore multiple aspects of a topic in a one-day or two-day format.

Whether you're looking for a comprehensive introduction to information security or want to find out why everyone is talking about containers, Interop ITX Summits provide you with a one-stop shop addressing all the essential components.


Topics for 2017 include:


Every day, your IT organization is abuzz with news of new hacks, breaches, and cybersecurity vulnerabilities and it's up to your IT organization to prevent them from affecting your business. In practice, however, many IT departments work in silos. You might know a great deal about IT, but do you really know everything you should about the current cybersecurity environment and emerging threats?

In this two-day Interop ITX summit program, the Dark Reading editorial team and some of the industry’s top cybersecurity experts will offer a crash course in what you need to know about data security and the dangers faced by your organization. You’ll get “speed reads” on each key area of security, providing you with the essential elements your organization should know about cyber defense, as well as an overview of the latest exploits. You'll get insight on how to detect a compromise of your IT environment, and recommendations on how to respond. Best of all, you’ll have an opportunity to ask the experts the key questions you must answer in your environment – in a supportive, collegial setting where there are no dumb questions. View the Dark Reading Cybersecurity Crash Course agenda.

The Packet Pushers’ Future of Networking Summit explores the technologies and trends that will impact networking over the next 5 to 10 years. We’ll cut through the industry-driven FUD and obfuscation to offer insights, information, and perspectives on emerging technologies and how they’ll affect the data center and the WAN--and your own career.

Understanding the Future of Networking isn't about predicting more bandwidth, bigger devices, or better software. Instead, we aim to challenge your notions, expand your thinking, and illuminate the technological and economic forces that are changing how networks are designed and operated.

Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks will lay out a roadmap of where the networking industry is going, share insights on why these changes are occurring and how you can get there, and offer no-nonsense guidance on the technologies and tools that will drive the evolution of your infrastructure.

Over the course of two days, Greg and Ethan will delve into four key areas:

  • Automation and Orchestration
  • Visibility and Analytics
  • Public and Private Cloud Networking
  • The Next-Generation WAN

We’ve also invited special guests to share their own perspectives on essential developments (and to make sure you don’t get sick of hearing from the Packet Pushers). They’ll provide practical insights into topics such as continuous integration, open networking, how automation can help with troubleshooting, and IoT networking.

Join us for two days of straight talk, new ideas, a ton of information, and a bit of fun. View the agenda for Day 1 and Day 2.

There has never been a better time to be an IT leader. However, the leadership philosophies and skills that got you here are not going to allow you to be successful in a world of increased complexity, rising expectations, and accelerating change. In this two-day event, you'll hear from successful IT executives about practical, real world strategies they have used to create business value. You'll also learn about frameworks, tools and best practices for leading your organization up the IT maturity curve. View the agenda for Day 1 and Day 2.

Today, the need for businesses to collect, process and analyze data is unprecedented, and opportunities for leveraging that data have never been greater. This two-day event will delve into emerging areas that can help your business not only make the most of its data, but create new business models and revenue streams. We'll explore areas like artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, cognitive computing, neural networks, and robotics and uncover how practical applications of the technology can change your business. View the agenda for Day 1 and Day 2

Containers have skyrocketed into popularity, driving dramatic changes in developer workflow, IT operations, and application architectures. This one-day event will explain containers are making such a significant impact on businesses enterprise and why IT leaders should start thinking about them now. You'll hear from technical experts and innovative companies that are already leveraging containers to change their operational environments. View the Container Crash Course agenda.

Open source has gone from experimental to front-and-center at many organizations, extending throughout IT from application development to infrastructure and cloud architectures. But implementing open source technologies can be challenging, both technically and financially. This one-day event will explore how the open movement is changing the way businesses use technology and how IT professionals work with it. We'll discuss the many open-source options, benefits and challenges, and real world perspective form expert technologists. View the Open Source IT agenda.