VMware has announced that Carrefour France, a French supermarket and hypermarket chain founded in Annecy, France in 1959, has achieved one of the goals of its ambitious project to migrate 50% of its applications to the public cloud by 2022. The retailer has successfully completed the migration of all VMware workloads in France to the Google Cloud platform thanks to the Google Cloud VMware Engine.
Originally published on VMware Blogs
All on-premises VMware workloads running in Carrefour France data centers are easily migrated to Google Cloud VMware Engine
By 2022, 50% of workloads will be migrated to the public cloud
IT management overhead costs have been reduced by 30% and energy consumption by approximately 35%
Carrefour France’s foreign operations will use VMware solution in the Group’s migration process to Google’s cloud platform
VMware has announced that Carrefour France, a French supermarket and hypermarket chain founded in Annecy in 1959, has achieved one of the goals of its ambitious project to migrate 50% of its applications to the public cloud by 2022: the retailer has successfully completed the migration of all VMware workloads in France to the Google Cloud platform thanks to the Google Cloud VMware Engine. Carrefour Group is strongly committed to its recently announced Digital Retail 2026 strategy and, in this context, operations outside France will also leverage VMware solution and locally developed best practices to undertake the mandatory move to Google Cloud .
“Google Cloud VMware Engine has given Carrefour France a fast and easy path to the cloud. We were able to migrate on-premises VMware workloads to Google Cloud in minutes – it’s truly a ‘lift and shift’. We are excited to share this best practice with other countries to support our Digital Retail 2026 strategy”Damien Cazenave, chief technology officer and chief information security officer, Carrefour France.
For 60 years, Carrefour Group has been a pioneer in the retail sector by constantly striving to make its products more affordable and accessible to all. However, the company’s customer-centric approach was increasingly limited by its large, distributed and complex IT infrastructure, a mix of on-premises, private and public cloud data centers. To simplify its IT environment and regain control of business workloads, Carrefour France has taken a cloud-first approach, identifying Google Cloud as a public cloud provider, and has begun discontinuing most of its on-premise infrastructure.
Already running a large number of VMware-based applications, Carrefour France therefore selected Google Cloud VMware Engine to move its business workloads and data to the Google Cloud. The migration completed faster than expected, with no disruption to employees or customers. VMware HCX, a key component of the Google Cloud VMware Engine, ensured that migrating workloads from their on-premises environment to Google Cloud was fast and seamless, with little or no code changes. Today, Carrefour France’s IT team is able to manage its software-defined VMware data center running in the public cloud with familiar VMware tools, without having to acquire new skills or train staff on new tools.
By migrating VMware workloads from on-premises data centers to the cloud, Carrefour France reduced IT management costs by 30%, resulting in a commitment to lower the price of products on supermarket shelves. The company also explains that it has reduced its energy consumption by around 35%, significantly decreasing its carbon footprint. Carrefour France’s IT systems are now more robust and the retailer has achieved new levels of agility and faster time-to-market for new features and services.