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October 22, 2019  11:35 AM

More From The Gherkin

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

More Gherkin And IT As A Business Strategy - Back at the Gherkin event, two of the primary vendors who were present for the discussions actually substantiated the previous blog comments about basing a security strategy around the business, rather than as a bolt-on. Both Apstra and NetFoundry...

October 22, 2019  10:11 AM

Different Clouds Don’t Like To Cluster…

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

Had another interesting cloudy discussion last week with SIOS – one of ITs better kept secrets, certainly in the UK. Much of that is down to the sensitivity of what it does and who it does it for. The vendor deals with HA  - high availability (and disaster recovery) – and companies aren’t...


October 22, 2019  9:00 AM

Secure Bacon Butties With Gherkin But No Gherkins

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

Had my first visit to The Gherkin recently at a “mini” Netevents security briefing in London. I can certainly recommend the brioche-bun bacon butties with a view of the London rain from the 38th floor. What was different about this Netevents is that we had real people there –...


August 21, 2019  1:27 PM

Getting A Foot In The Door In Europe

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

Had some very interesting conversations in the past few weeks with a number of US-based vendors across primarily the security and optimisation sectors, with one commonality - established in the Americas but significantly less so in UK/EMEA. The other issue for these companies currently lies in...


July 18, 2019  9:48 AM

Juggling Might Not Have Changed, But Load-Balancing Has!

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

I recently completed a report for a long-time client, Kemp Technologies, in the area formerly known as L-B/ADC - i.e. Load-Balancing/Application Delivery Control. It really hit home, during the testing, just how much this "technology" has changed. For starters, we didn't ever really talk about...


June 25, 2019  12:39 PM

There’s AI and, er, AI….

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

It's hard to recall a recent presentation from a vendor that didn't include the AI or Machine-Learning buzz-phrases. I'm not just talking IT here - coffee vending machines probably also incorporate some such logic; "by monitoring your coffee drinking profile, we are confident in pre-selecting...


May 29, 2019  11:15 AM

What’s In A Number? Er, Lots Of Packets Per Second…

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

I remember when first testing Gigabit Ethernet (Packet Engines and Foundry Networks for the record) and thinking: "how do we harness this much bandwidth - maybe take a TDM approach and slice it? After all, who needs a gig of bandwidth direct to the desktop?" Well, that was still a relevant point...


May 17, 2019  9:11 AM

Socks And IoT – What Do They Have In Common?

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

So – another year and another Netevents; lots of old faces (not least mine!) and a few new ones. And it’s kind of the same with topics – understandably – as there’s only so much you can talk about in what is an increasingly condensed IT world. Think about it – let’s take networking...


January 10, 2019  1:42 PM

Are You Fully Automated?

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

One common theme with recent product tests and vendor briefings and that is - automation. Not that there's anything new here per se; back in the mid-90s I remember working on an extensive project with the splendid Roger Green of Boole & Babbage (long since part of BMC - the company that is,...


October 11, 2018  12:20 PM

A Cure For IT Paranoia And A Dig In The US Ribs

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead

Last week's IP Expo at EXCEL wasn't all bad news; we escaped the first night into proper London, to a brewery disguised as a pig restaurant and then, naturally, to a (posh) curry house. Well, it is London, not Heckmondwike... Focus of said evening was Cloudistics, the company that created...


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