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April 11, 2014  1:28 PM

Benchmarking Integration…

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
Application Programming Interface, Big Data, Business, Data integration, Enterprise Resource Planning, Integration, Internet, Software as a Service, Spirent, TIBCO, VoIP, Voipex

Just finished some testing at test equipment partner Spirent's offices in glamorous Crawley with client Voipex - some fab results on VoIP optimization so watch this space for the forthcoming report - and it made me think just how...

February 16, 2012  2:58 PM

A Few IPv6 Migration Issues To Be Aware Of… Part 1

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
carrier grade NAT, DNS64, DS-Lite, IP address, IPv6, Migration, NAT64, Network Address Translation, Spirent

"M" might stand for Murder in the London theatre world, but the ultimate "M" word in IT has to be "Migration".


Apply this word to the challenge that is

February 14, 2012  3:31 PM

IPv6 – The Forgotten “Next Big Thing”

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
Cisco, F5 Networks, HP, Infoblox, Internet protocol, IP address, IPv4, IPv6, Juniper, Spirent

I've recently been in conversation with a number of network product vendors - from Cisco to Infoblox - users and test equipment vendors, with respect to what must be the ultimate in "let's sweep it under the carpet and forget about it for a while" IT topics and that is IPv6.

With the...

June 20, 2011  10:51 AM

Rewarding Awards

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
App-DNA, Application migration, awards, Informa, Spirent

Much as I like to hope that my contributions to the analysis of IT products and tech are well observed and on the mark, it's nevertheless reassuring when those observations are supported further afield.

So it is with App-DNA, whose AppTitude OS/Browser/App...

October 26, 2010  2:43 PM

Amazing What You Can Achieve With A 3G Dongle

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
3, Blue Coat, Certero, Firewalls, ftth, HP, Latency, Mobile data, NetPilot, Spirent

... as the actress said to the IT-aware bishop.

So, just back from more travels in the UK which - given that we were scheduled to fly out of Toulouse during the French "greve nationale" - went every bit as smoothly as you'd expect in those circumstances, but more on that later.

September 29, 2010  12:16 PM

Autumn Turkey, Modern English And Real Virtualisation

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
HP, ISP, Linkedin, Netevents, Security, Spam, Spirent, telecoms, TippingPoint, Virtualisation

Hello from yet another Netevents - my bi-annual vendor/analyst/press jolly, sorry - symposium, that I am attending as a judge of the awards of the same name (as well as a CW blogger, a tester, alleged wine expert etc).

This one's in Istanbul, where there appears to be lots going on in...

August 27, 2010  12:05 PM

Flying Around The World In Virtual Mode

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
3Com, Access Points, Certero, HP, IPS, Security, Spirent, Testing, Virtualisation, WLAN

This summer's been interesting.

It's supposed to be holiday time, but the IT world is mega-active at the moment. Consequently I've been out to Utah with a client there, Paris and now... er, Crawley (where the "summer" weather is 12 degrees and the sky has consisted of several varying...

July 6, 2009  3:21 PM

Welcome to a non multi-million dollar testbed

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
10GbE, Gigabit ethernet, Ixia, Spirent

While I enjoy a fantastic - and fantastically useful - relationship with my two key test equipment partners Ixia and Spirent (the latter, for example, providing a $2m testbed for our soon to be launched mobile handset test labs), it's refreshing to hear of a low-cost alternative in the Ethernet...

March 27, 2009  8:28 AM

The B****y Mobile Network… Or Is It?

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
BlackBerry, Mobile, Mobile data, nokia, samsung, Spirent

Just started testing on mobile handsets, c/o one of our test equipment partners, Spirent.

And already we're seeing some interesting results - handsets dropping calls unexpectedly in relatively ok operating conditions. A cool half-million quid's worth of test rig is enabling us to...

March 6, 2009  1:37 PM

Mobile Phones – How Good Are They Really?

Steve Broadhead Steve Broadhead Profile: Steve Broadhead
Broadband-Testing, m-Test, Mobile, Spirent

By one of those excellent fates of timing, I had a comment sent in by Paul Fennemore of Businesszone UK about mobile phone testing and a technology his company has, called m-Test.

The same day as he sent the email I was sat in Spirent's test labs in Crawley, going through how half a...

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