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Radware solution selected to help drive furniture retailer e-commerce platforms

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Application delivery and security solution-provider for virtual and cloud data centers, Radware, announced Blueport Commerce, a Software-as-a-Service omnichannel solution for the furniture industry, has selected the Alteon NG to help drive online sales and manage its ecommerce platform.

Managing the technology infrastructure of furniture retailers such as Value City Furniture and Canadian retailer Leon’s, Blueport Commerce helps clients increase sales by creating an engaging and modern omnichannel shopping experience. In addition to managing their clients’ technology infrastructure, Blueport Commerce also implemented Alteon NG to its own online home furnishings portal, Furniture.com.

Blueport Commerce sought a more robust solution that would allow them to ensure the SLA of applications/services running in multiple environments, and specifically create a virtualized environment.

“For us to maintain our agility while keeping our IT infrastructure costs and footprint to a minimum, virtualization was our key focus,” says Fotios Magoufis, Director of IT Operations at Blueport Commerce. “We had a strong desire to effectively separate traffic between all of our environments, implement software changes and test configuration settings without affecting the production environment.”

To maintain their agility and minimize infrastructure costs and complexity, Blueport Commerce created multiple vADC instances where each drives a different Web application environment. This allowed them to keep separate production, QA and beta environments all on the same physical device. This configuration also allowed them to effectively manage their load balancing, create a “failover” device as backup and allocate more resources on the production vADC.

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Columbia Sportswear to debut at Southlake Town Square

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Southlake, Texas — Retail Properties of America, Inc. announced that Columbia Sportswear’s Performance Fishing Gear concept store, plus several additional retailers including Altar’d State (5,162 sq. ft.), Elaine Turner (2,066 sq. ft.), ME SPA – which replaces Coldwater Creek Spa – and J.Jill, have recently opened, or will be opening, at Southlake Town Square in Southlake, Texas.

Columbia Sportswear’s PFG store, the first of its kind in Texas, will measure 3,456 sq. ft. and is slated to open in late November 2014.

Southlake Town Square consists of approximately 850,000 sq. ft. and is tenanted by more than 125 specialty retail shops and restaurants including Apple, Michael Kors, J.Crew and White House Black Market. The center is also home to a 14-screen Harkins Theatre, an upscale urban Hilton Hotel, offices, city and county government buildings, a U.S. Post Office and residential brownstones. The center opened in 1999.

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Pair Wine and Cheese to open in Cobble Hill

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Brooklyn, N.Y. — Winick Realty Group said that Pair Wine and Cheese, a retail café focused on the precise pairings of wines and cheeses, has signed a lease for its first location at 140 Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Clinton Streets in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.

Set to open in fourth quarter 2014, Pair Wine and Cheese will occupy approximately 1,000 sq. ft. on the ground floor, as well as about 500 sq. ft. in an outdoor garden.

Owner and operator Chung Park, who previously operated Cheese+Wine Hoboken, is a former resident of Cobble Hill.

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