Virgin Media partners with Versa Networks for SD-WAN solution

01 February 2018 | James Pearce


Virgin Media has partnered with Versa Networks to launch a new managed software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution for enterprise customers.

Virgin Media Business – the B2B arm of the UK-based Liberty Global-owned telco – will offer enterprises a host of secure SD-WAN services designed to integrate with the cloud.

The solution will be powered by Silicon Valley-based Versa’s range of carrier-grade, cloud-native SD-WAN and SD-security products. It will allow enterprises to connect multiple, dispersed sites with more open and flexible hardware than traditional WANs, Virgin Media Business claimed.

Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: “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.”

“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.”

Under the new partnership, Virgin Media Business will use Versa Network’s Cloud IP platform to provide fully managed secure SD-WAN services.

Versa Networks claims its Cloud IP Platform provides 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, it added.

Kumar Mehta, co-founder and CDO of Versa Networks, said: “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 organizations evolve on their digital transformation journey.”

Versa Networks recently announced that it has been added to Verizon’s software-defined networking (SDN) platform for its new Software-Defined Secure Branch (SD-Branch) managed service.