Loblaw Accelerates Multicloud Adoption and Reduces Cloud Costs

Lauren van der Vaart Senior Content Marketing Specialist
Published: October 12, 2020
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Loblaw is Canada’s largest grocery retailer, with more than 2,400 stores and 190,000 employees. Since its foundation in 1919, Loblaw has focused on innovating the grocery retail experience to better serve their customers. Over the past century, their overall mission has remained the same—to help Canadians Live Life Well®.

Adopting a multicloud strategy

In order to continue innovating and delivering a world-class experience for their customers, Loblaw made the decision to move everything from their data centers to the cloud, adopting a multicloud approach with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In addition to providing greater speed, security, and scalability, moving to the cloud frees Loblaw employees from the time it normally takes to maintain their on-premise infrastructure so they can focus on driving value for their customers.

The team responsible for managing cloud operations quickly realized that with the rapid growth of their cloud infrastructure, they needed a multicloud management solution to help manage their complex workloads and cloud costs.

Accelerating operations and reducing cloud costs with CloudHealth

Loblaw chose CloudHealth for its easy-to-use UI and ability to handle multicloud environments at scale.

The sales team did an incredible job of really diving in, taking all of our data, and coming back and presenting it to us. The return on investment was glaring in our faces.

Heather Bailey
Director of Capacity Management at Loblaw

Loblaw uses CloudHealth to improve visibility, optimization, and financial management across their multicloud environment, with dashboards and granular analytics to analyze usage between Azure and GCP. The cloud management team also leverages CloudHealth Perspectives to track cloud usage and spend across dynamic business groups.

Based on recommendations from CloudHealth’s Azure RI Optimizer, Loblaw saw $768,000 savings over seven months by purchasing Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances with a one-year term commitment.

CloudHealth certainly made our team look fantastic. The intuitive nature of the product itself is very simple.

Iann Lennox
Capacity Planner at Loblaw

Next steps in multicloud maturity

Progressing along the multicloud maturity curve, Loblaw plans to build out a Cloud Center of Excellence and further integrate its cloud management best practice into business processes. They’re setting KPIs to align cloud data with their business goals so they can track progress as their multicloud environment continues to grow.

To learn more about Loblaw's cloud journey, see the complete case study: Loblaw Case Study

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Lauren van der Vaart, Senior Content Marketing Specialist

Lauren is a member of the Digital Marketing team at CloudHealth by VMware. She focuses on delivering valuable, relevant, and actionable content for customers on their cloud journey. Before joining CloudHealth, Lauren held various roles across digital and field marketing for global technology organizations.

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