hmv selects Cisilion and Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to transform retail sites

hmv selects Cisilion and  Cisco Meraki SD-WAN to transform retail sites

hmv replaces legacy network with SD-WAN

The UK based entertainment retailer hmv has signed an agreement with global reseller Cisilion, where the latter will deploy Cisco Meraki’s Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD WAN) across their 130 hmv sites. This project will replace hmv’s current network, allowing a resilient, flexible and cost effective solution, that will be an enabler for future key initiatives across the business.

Cisco Meraki cloud networking solution

The Cisco Meraki cloud networking solution offered by Cisilion combines 100% cloud-managed networking optimised for ease-of-use with secure and scalable infrastructure. The benefits of the SD-WAN solution include: rapid deployment with self-provisioning hardware, control of applications, users and devices, built-in multisite management, automatic monitoring and alerts, quarterly firmware updates and new features. hmv attended a series of SD-WAN events hosted and workshops by Cisilion, before the retailer decided to go with Cisilion and their recommended Cisco Meraki solution. The solution will be deployed in October 2017 to be finished just in time for the peak Christmas trading period.

Darren Houghton, Head of IT at hmv said: “By partnering with Cisilion, we will now have a private, fully managed network, accelerating growth and allowing more flexibility to help hmv achieve our goals of modernising our retail sites. Not only are we reducing costs by moving from legacy MPLs to internet base connectivity, but the Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution will also allow us to add monitoring and surveillance on top of the solution, increasing security levels across all our sites.”

Alex Hooper, CTO at Cisilion said: “We are excited about adding hmv to our retail portfolio and enabling them to transform all their sites with the best of breed technology. As a global systems integrator, Cisilion are seeing an increased demand for modernising expensive and complex legacy WANs to enable cost effective transformation and expansion.”

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