Australia’s powerhouse pharmacy retail chain supports rapid growth and innovation with a hyperconverged platform and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution powered by HPE ProLiant servers
Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that pharmaceutical powerhouse Chemist Warehouse, which has more than 400 stores across the country, has selected HPE to modernise its data centre with a hyperconverged platform and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment to improve the productivity of on-site and remote staff, provide a solid foundation for innovation and increasing energy efficiency. The new solutions will be delivered through versatile and high performance HPE ProLiant servers.
Chemist Warehouse serves over 1.5 million customers each week, whether in-store, online, or through third-party vendors like Alibaba’s Tmall Marketplace. The pharmacy giant is increasingly present in New Zealand, China and Ireland.
As a result of rapid growth, Chemist Warehouse intends to transform its data center by completely rebuilding its existing IT infrastructure to streamline operations for better sales and customer service, and to adapt to recent changes in remote work. By working with HPE to design a customized VDI solution using HPE ProLiant servers, Chemist Warehouse gains essential support in implementing future solutions that enhance automation and sustainability.
“Our commitment to modernising our IT is critical for us to achieve our transformation goals and continued growth. With reduced administrative overheads, we can reallocate resources to innovation,” said Simon Hibbert, General Manager of IT at Chemist Warehouse. “The initial beneficiaries will be our staff, which will experience improved productivity and in return, will have a positive, downstream impact to our customers in-store and online.”
HPE is helping Chemist Warehouse transform their IT with an infrastructure environment delivered through HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Plus servers using 2nd Generation AMD EPYC ™ processors that take advantage of the latest all-flash VMware vSAN capabilities for a software-defined experience. The upgraded data center will also increase energy efficiency by consuming 30% less power than its existing solution, helping to advance Chemist Warehouse’s sustainability goals.
“We look forward to accelerating our collaboration with Chemist Warehouse to increase efficiency and build a foundation for future growth,” said Andrew Foot, general manager of Compute for HPE South Pacific. “The new environment, enabled by HPE ProLiant servers, will deliver better performance, energy efficiency, user experience and lower latency.”
The current solution is for core systems for the Chemist Warehouse Australia operation.