PRESS RELEASE

12 November 2018

VIRGIN MEDIA BUSINESS LAUNCHES NEW MANAGED
SD-WAN SERVICE

  • New cloud-ready service designed to support next-generation networking   
  • Providing organisations with near real-time insight, analytics and visibility of network traffic

12 November 2018 -- Virgin Media Business has today launched secure software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services for enterprise customers.

The new cloud-ready service has been designed to support next-generation networking and comes with optimisation tools that will enable large organisations to access cloud data, applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based offerings such as Office 365 from multiple branch sites. As a software based solution, SD-WAN allows customers to rapidly scale and alter their networks in line with their needs.

SD-WAN builds on existing WAN and VPN technologies and can be used to connect
enterprise networks – including multiple dispersed sites and data centres – with more open and flexible hardware than traditional WAN solutions. The network is instead controlled using cloud-native software.

The service will provide insight, analytics and visibility of network traffic so that key
applications can be prioritised and traffic optimised to improve performance.  The service is end-to-end IPsec encrypted and comes with a secure stateful firewall as standard, adding a layer of protection on top of customers’ existing security architecture and providing the opportunity to consolidate security requirements.

The launch significantly bolsters the capability of Virgin Media Business to develop bespoke solutions that many large, complex businesses require.

Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business, said: “SD-WAN as a service transforms legacy infrastructure into an agile, responsive and secure digital platform with the cloud at its heart to help enterprises transform the way they work. By giving customers greater flexibility and control, SD-WAN helps businesses to evolve and tailor their networks quickly and easily.”

Virgin Media Business is partnering with award winning Versa Networks, a leading provider of next-generation software-based networking and security solutions, to provide the service.  The launch comes after thorough integration and penetration testing to ensure a proven solution, and builds on Virgin Media Business’ partnership ecosystem where expert external suppliers are embedded in the organisation to bring additional value to customers. 

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Notes to Editors

Find out more about SD-WAN here.

About Virgin Media Business

We provide internet, data and telephone services to more than 50,000 UK businesses. We also partner with the public sector: with local councils and thousands of schools to improve connectivity in communities and support learning, and with the emergency services to enable them to perform their life-saving skills efficiently.

Our dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely-available broadband speeds to homes and businesses and we’re expanding this through our Project Lightning programme, which could extend our network to up to 17 million premises.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. Liberty Global connects 21 million customers through operations in 10 countries across Europe subscribing to 45 million TV, broadband internet and telephony services. It also serves 6 million mobile subscribers and offers WiFi service through 12 million access points across its footprint.

Media contact:

simon.feldman@virginmedia.co.uk
carol.barnes@virginmedia.co.uk

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