August 3, 2018
Migrating to Azure Brings Scalability, Cost Savings
Raley’s Supermarkets is a privately held, family-owned supermarket chain that operates stores under the Raley’s, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source names in northern California and Nevada. Founded in 1935 by Tom Raley in Placerville as Raley’s Drive-In Market, Raley’s has an annual revenue of $3 billion, 128 stores and employs around 12,000 workers today. Headquartered in West Sacramento, California, Raley’s is the dominant supermarket operator in the Sacramento metropolitan area.
In order to simplify its IT infra-structure while rationalizing the number of vendors, Raley’s decided to explore new options focused around Cloud services. The main business driver was to retake control of the applications that were on Virtustream and reduce overall cost and complexity costs without increasing staff. Raley’s IT infrastructure is based on a large number of RHEL virtual servers created on a VMware solution hosted at Virtustream and other servers that were managed in-house.
Raley’s chose Attunix, a leading Microsoft Gold partner to design, manage and implement the migration of their RHEL workloads to Microsoft Azure. Azure experts from Attunix worked with the Raley’s team to analyze their business needs on Migration to Azure. Armed with this information the team built a reference architecture that suits the business needs and then migrate. Then Attunix migrated RHEL VMware virtual servers from Virtustream to Microsoft Azure using Azure Site Recovery. In addition, Attunix created and standardized a repeatable process for seamlessly migrating Dev, Test, and Production systems.
Microsoft Azure provided Raley’s with many advantages including, security, scalability, flexibility, reliability, support, cost savings and the ability of Azure to provide a first class user experience.
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