N+I Show Resumes on Limited Basis
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The Network+Interop networking/telecommunications trade show in Atlanta's World Congress Center resumed today, albeit on a limited basis.
Traffic on the show floor was sparse, both in terms of attendees and exhibitors. Many large vendors pulled out of the show, leaving dark and uninhabited booths in some of the busiest areas of the show floor. Novell, which used N+I as the platform for announcing the impending release of NetWare 6, had a minimal staff manning just one theatre area in its large floor area. Novell workers were told by the company's executive staff that the booth was scaled back in response to yesterday's tragedies, allowing families to reunite.
Other large vendors pulling from the show included AT&T Business, Visual Networking, Broadwing, and IDG. Microsoft's booth was home to two extremes: its Windows XP Professional Hands-On Lab was packed, while its .NET parner pavilion was closed and dark.
The remaining attendees were limited in their choices of keynotes and conferences as well. AT&T's David W. Dorman cancelled his keynote speech today, while half of today's conferences and workshops were cancelled, as well as the Best of Show Awards Ceremony.