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It Started in a Pub: A technical talk and tour at Ringwood Brewery

Thu 28th Jun, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Ringwood Brewery, 138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AP


Marston's PLC are the largest brewer of ale in Europe, owning and brewing over 70 of the most popular brands of ale in the UK today at 7 different breweries.

To ensure that the £1bn plus PLC operates to its maximum it is supported by an enormous network of systems and infrastructure. The PLC created a fully licensed telecoms business in 2008 to provide telecoms and data services to the group. Marston's telecoms today operates a dark fibre ring around its 4 data centres, manages over 700 ethernet circuits, several thousand broadband circuits, an MPLS core, hosted voice, 80gb of external transit, multiple NNI direct feeds from the UK largest other network providers and now sells those services beyond the group.

Tony Ford the Telecoms Operations Director will walk you through the extent of the operational side of the network infrastructure and what exciting developments are driving hospitality and retail today.

The short talk will be followed by a brewery tour of Ringwood brewery, where invitees can learn more about the Marston's story and best of all taste some of the products.

The talk and tour will be approx 30 minutes each, leaving plenty of time to mingle and network with a nice glass of quality ale.

About the speaker - Tony Ford, Telecoms Operations Director, Marston's PLC

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Tony has spent 35 years in diverse industries, from retail regional management during the 1980's to a change in career moving into IT in 1990. Starting his IT career as a consultant with the Delphi group, Tony had the privilege of working on various management led technology projects for Apple to British Airways, Local and National governments and everything in between. He has held senior positions with telecoms and internet businesses within the UK over the past 17 years and carries a host of experience of operations, product and systems. Tony holds fellowships with the Chartered Management institute and the Institute of Entrepreneurs and Enterprise, is a professional and committee member of the chartered institute of IT and has an MBA in media. Tony lives on the south coast of England with his wife Julia and family.

Like all our events this event is free.

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