Virgin Media Business to partner with Versa Networks to provide new managed SD-WAN

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Virgin Media Business has announced a new partnership with Versa Networks, provider of next-gen software-based networking and security solutions.

Virgin says the new arrangement will mean it can provide its enterprise customers with a host of secure software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) services designed to integrate with the cloud and improve automation, security and enhanced connectivity.

The company is looking to leverage SD-WAN’s ability to connect enterprise networks (including multiple dispersed sites and data centres) with more open and flexible hardware than traditional WAN solutions.

Under the new partnership, Virgin Media Business will use Versa Network’s Cloud IP platform to provide fully managed secure SD-WAN services. The multi-tenant software platform will enhance network performance, providing Virgin Media Business customers a highly-automated and application intelligence service that improves their cloud and application connectivity and experience, says the company. This will in turn enable those customers to make changes at their discretion and define how they use their network.

Peter Kelly, managing director of virgin media business, says: “Versa Networks is a true market disruptor and therefore the perfect strategic fit for Virgin Media Business.

“Our partnership will put the cloud at the heart of our enterprise network and allow us to offer our customers an industry-leading service that gives them greater agility, flexibility and control over how they design and manage their corporate network to unlock their digital potential.”

Peter adds, “SD-WAN is turning corporate IT on its head; enabling the IT to respond to the business needs rather than the business responding to what the IT can deliver.”

Kumar Mehta, co-founder and CDO of Versa Networks, comments: “We are excited about partnering with Virgin Media Business to offer business essential SD-WAN services that enables them to provide excellent application user experience, agility, security and simplification to their customers’ networks.  This collaboration is a testament to our ability to provide innovative solutions as organisations evolve on their digital transformation journey.”

Versa Networks’ Cloud IP Platform will provide better application connectivity with secure enterprise WAN access and an overall enhanced application experience for Virgin Media Business customers to software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based offerings, such as Office 365, and cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Security features in Versa’s Cloud IP platform, which includes IPSec encryption, add a layer of protection on top of customers’ existing traditional security architecture.

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