Virtual1 expands SDN offering across UK
Mon 10 Apr 2017
UK cloud and connectivity service provider Virtual1 has announced plans to extend its software-defined network, expanding its existing London-based footprint and adding a further 180 towns and cities across the UK.
The company hopes to become the country’s largest and most advanced wholesale-only network by the end of the year.
In an official announcement, Tom O’Hagan, Virtual1 founder and CEO, said: ‘Working closely with both our resellers and carrier partners and understanding the challenges they face in their businesses, I saw the opportunity to disrupt the status quo in the connectivity market by elevating Virtual1 to be a true alternative UK-wide carrier.’
According to the release, the network expansion will be designed specifically to fit partners’ requirements and target markets – covering more than 75% of UK businesses. The Virtual1 network will be fully software-defined, offering partners the opportunity to deliver more innovative solutions to their customers.
O’Hagan commented that the rich SDN functionality will allow partners to have ‘complete control of the solutions.’
‘This is a UK first and it is intended to raise the service standards that UK business should expect from its suppliers,’ he added.
O’Hagan noted that two partnerships were key in the network expansion, including Virtual1’s eight-year collaboration with Juniper Networks. The network solutions provider is offering routing and switching solutions across the entire Virtual1 network. This includes edge routers in the core network, and Ethernet switches in each of the points of presence (PoPs).
Virtual1 also announced a new partnership with optical transmission equipment manufacturer Infinera, which it said has been critical in the metro deployments.
The new expansion will roll out over the course of 2017.
In December last year, Virtual1 secured a £10 million investment from the UK’s largest venture fund Business Growth Fund (BGF). The company will use the funding to support its new infrastructure expansion plans, as well as longer-term growth strategy.