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HMV saves £200K following network upgrade

HMV has reported cost savings of over £200,000 after improving its network resilience with Cisco.

The music retailer has upgraded its in-store network in partnership with Cisco and Cisilion, deploying Cisco’s Meraki software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) across its 130 UK stores.

As well as significant cost savings, HMV has also claimed increased productivity following the investment into its private network. The retailer has also been able to increase in-store security using the new network. The solution was deployed in October 2017 and completed ahead of peak trading.

“Thanks to the excellent work by Cisco and Cisilion, we now have a private, fully managed network, which has accelerated growth and allowed more flexibility to help us achieve our goals of modernising our retail sites and increasing employee productivity," said Darren Houghton, head of IT at HMV.

"Not only have we reduced costs by moving from legacy MPLS to internet base connectivity, but the Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution has allowed us to add monitoring and surveillance on top of the solution, increasing security levels across all our stores. Cisco and Cisilion have highlighted a great understanding of our business and its challenges, meaning we have built a very strong relationship in a short time."

Kevin Sparks, director, commercial, Cisco UK & Ireland, added, “Digital technologies hold great promise for the retail industry, but without connectivity that addresses the demands of their workforce, in-store digital initiatives fall at the first hurdle.”

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