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.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.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