Big M Selects Blue Ridge Networks to Deliver Next Generation Retail Data Network

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Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services Reduces Network OpEx 50% and Delivers Guaranteed Security.

Blue Ridge Networks quoted a flat monthly fee per location and they have stuck to it, helping us maintain greater control over costs and ultimately improving our profitability.

Blue Ridge Networks and Big M, Inc. announced today that they have successfully deployed Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services to 167 Mandee and Annie Sez store locations located throughout nine states along the east coast. After a lengthy evaluation process Big M selected the SVES managed network service to drive down costs and improve service, while enhancing the security and reliability of their retail data network.

"Cost, security and customer service were the key criteria as we evaluated network service providers," said Harvey Borden, CIO at Big M stores. "Blue Ridge Networks quoted a flat monthly fee per location and they have stuck to it, helping us maintain greater control over costs and ultimately improving our profitability."

Blue Ridge/Secure Virtual Ethernet Services is a comprehensive secure communications service delivering virtual private network connectivity to retail stores, warehouses and business continuity sites over wired, wireless and satellite networks. The service combines end-to-end coordinated ordering, 24x7x365 end-user help desk, and provisioning with a pro-active trouble alert and maintenance system.

Consisting of BorderGuardTM hub appliances and RemoteLinkTM distributed appliances, the network acts like an Ethernet extension cord and is 100% compatible with Ethernet based equipment typically found in retail stores, including PCs, Laptops, Servers, Routers, VoIP phones, and POS systems. The service operates over any commercially available network that delivers DSL, Cable modem, cellular, or T1 connections.

Joe Hollywood, Manager of Store Systems for Big M stated, "The SVES solution provides us with a centralized approach to network management. It includes features such as networked firewalls with white list capability, and the ability to co-locate application appliances in a SAS 70 datacenter giving us fault tolerance and eliminating the costs to upgrade our own facilities."

With its selection of Blue Ridge Networks, Big M stores chose a company with a proven record of delivering solutions to security-conscious commercial and government organizations. Only the BorderGuard family of products is immune to all known active and passive attacks, VPN device identity spoofing, man-in-the-middle attacks, protocol attacks, and insider threats. Blue Ridge Networks solutions are also compliant with numerous industry security standards including PCI-DSS and they provide customer-specific security service level agreements.

"In today's economic downturn, many retailers are looking for ways to cut costs without compromising security and reliability. SVES provides cost reductions, as well as simplicity in managing and growing retail data networks, all while maintaining compliance and offering the strongest security available today," said Mike Fumai, CEO of Blue Ridge networks. And because we manufacture and deploy our own appliances, we are able to propose and maintain aggressive pricing without nickel and diming customers in a margin sensitive industry like retail."

About Big M
Big M Inc. is the privately held operating company of Mandee and Annie Sez stores. We are a dynamic, progressive entrepreneurial retail Company with a rich history and culture. Big M Inc. was started in 1948 with a family tradition and the goal to be our customer's preferred specialty store for all her apparel needs. Mandee is our original retail store division. Our Annie Sez retail store division opened in 1974. Annie Sez caters to the fashion conscious customer who recognizes quality, designer labels and famous brands.

About Blue Ridge Networks
For over 12 years Blue Ridge Networks has helped commercial and government customers securely connect and conduct business over the most secure and lowest cost networks in the world. Our solutions have consistently enabled increased application performance and endpoint security, supported network growth, simplified management, and reduced the total cost of doing business. Blue Ridge Networks solutions represent high standards of security as evidenced by numerous government certifications and compliance with key industry security standards.

More information about our products and managed services can be found by visiting http://www.blueridgenetworks.com.

You may also follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BlueRidgeNet.

Media Contact:
Mike Fumai, CEO
Blue Ridge Networks
(703) 631-0702

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