Virgin Media Business, Cisco and Innovate have revealed that in the cloud-centric world, new technologies such as SD-WAN are changing the game.

At a recent Virgin Media Business event held in conjunction with Cisco and ICT provider Innovate to launch new software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) capabilities, the changing business landscape was summed up by Amárach Research chair Gerard O’Neill.

“In a way, the technology agenda in businesses is being driven by HR, not by the CIO or CTO. And maybe that’s a good thing from a business perspective – happy workers are more productive workers – but you can see why it creates a headache for those managing security,” O’Neill said.

At the event, Innovate CEO Jim Hughes said that the overwhelming trend in the business IT market is a move to the hybrid cloud model. “But tactics are many and varied.”

The new SD-WAN capability deployed by Virgin and Innovate, using Cisco technology, effectively enables firms to move away from the complexity of sending data traffic over various network types.


Words by John Kennedy