N+I Show Resumes on Limited Basis

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.

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