Maisons du Monde, a specialist in furniture and furnishings from around the world, has enjoyed exceptional growth since its founding in 1996. Within 15 years, the company has grown from just a single store to 225, is now present across Europe and employs 3000 people. In 2012, company revenues reached 75 million euros. 2006 marked a major turning point for Maisons du Monde as it went online with the launch of an exciting new e-commerce website “Maisonsdumonde” in 13 countries.
Today Maisons du Monde’s online sales represent a significant share of its total revenue, with double-digit growth since its launch. All online sales are managed by a 30-strong multidisciplinary team fully dedicated to ensuring that the site operates smoothly.
However, its undisputed success meant Maisons du Monde must face up to the technical challenges which arise with escalating volumes of online traffic. The website must be able to handle massive and unpredictable surges in traffic and pages must load quickly. Staff need to be able to view site traffic in real time and be notified of problems in a timely fashion.
Maisons du Monde realized that the load-balancing infrastructure they have been using would no longer be capable of handling the expected loads. With dynamic load balancing a prerequisite for ensuring scalable access to their e-commerce platform, Maison Du Monde selected Pulse Secure Virtual Traffic Manager, and Pulse Secure Web Accelerator speeds up web content served across networks regardless of access device and browser. Together they provide improved application performance and a more responsive service for visitors to the site.
“Pulse Secure met our needs in terms of site availability, easy navigation and visibility. It is vital that we know where our traffic is coming from and to be able to identify peak activity times as well as any problems that may arise. “Pulse Secure was always on hand, proactive and knowledgeable and this helped the project to run smoothly,” explained Lionel Touati, Maisons du Monde’s online sales technical director.
Following initial testing, the deployment took place within a tight timescale but in time to cover the critical January promotional period.