The global food retailer operates 30K+ stores across the globe.
The retailer was facing a number of significant challenges in running state-of-the-art apps across its 1000s of stores. Each store location ran its own siloed hardware with up to three servers.
Platform9 established an effective method to get the store up and running in hours while also giving them the power to remotely update and enhance their in-store applications in real-time.
Platform9’s unique SaaS architecture and cloud operations model empowers the retailer to deploy and manage distributed infrastructure sites remotely without requiring onsite visits by technicians for troubleshooting and support.
Platform9 enabled the retailer to maximize utilization of their in-store servers. And equipped them with a plug-and-play solution to remotely deploy the apps through a SaaS control pane.
Our SaaS management plane orchestrates the delivery of various capabilities such as containers (to be deployed soon), hypervisors, storage backends, and network backends.
They no longer have to worry about the operational burden of uptime/ SLA management, upgrades, security patches, and production outages.
The retailer deployed regional and WAN retail architecture. Platform9’s centralized management view enables global control of all regions and corresponding stores with a single-pane-of-glass approach.
Each store deployed a similar architectures to foster networking consistency, lower costs, and smaller IT footprints. A small server (32 GB RAM, 4 cores, 1 TB storage) can serve as a clearinghouse for transactions from all POS terminals, security cameras, and other devices.
The in-store app is an intelligent order management solution that accepts and schedules customer food and beverage orders (including mobile orders). It further balances available ovens, machines, and terminal loads with customer arrivals. It also controls waiting times to increase customer satisfaction and speed of service.
Each store connects to the main-office network via an in-store WAN router to the VPN internet connection and then to a managed Kubernetes instance at their headquarters. Each location typically includes a router with different networking policies, CCTV and POS/IoT devices, and customer access to the hotspot.
At the store, someone can take a generic server off the shelf and plug in the network port. The new server bootstraps itself into an OS running Kubernetes. It then connects to clusters in an AWS environment that provision it with all the latest apps. In less than 30 minutes, the store is back online.
Platform9 monitors all infrastructure 24X7 with a 99.9% uptime SLA. If a physical component such as a server fails, it alerts the regional or main office’s IT group.
The retailer didn’t need a virtualization management solution. They needed to manage their store infrastructure and applications with SaaS. They needed easy, they needed scale, they needed fast and agile. They needed the best of cloud, designed for thousands of stores distributed worldwide.
By deploying Platform9 and operationalizing this approach, the retailer achieved their goals of scale and cost effectiveness: