Chemist Warehouse turns to HPE to transform its data centre with new hyperconverged and VDI solutions

Simon Hibbert, General Manager of Information Technology at Chemist Warehouse

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that pharmacy powerhouse Chemist Warehouse, which has over 400 stores around the country, has selected HPE to modernise its data centre with a hyperconverged platform and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment.

Chemist Warehouse aims to facilitate improving the productivity for onsite and remote staff, provide a strong foundation for innovation and increase energy efficiency.

The solutions will be delivered through high-performing, versatile HPE ProLiant servers

Chemist Warehouse to harness HPE’s VDI solution

Chemist Warehouse serves more than 1.5 million customers each week, whether in-store, online, or through third party providers such as Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace.

The pharmacy giant has a growing footprint in New Zealand, China and Ireland.

As a result of its rapid growth, Chemist Warehouse aims to transform its data centre, completely overhauling its existing IT Infrastructure, to improve operations for better sales and customer experiences, and adapt to recent shifts to remote working experiences.

HPE’s bespoke VDI solution using HPE ProLiant servers enables Chemist Warehouse to gain support to implement future solutions to enhance automation and sustainability efforts.

“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.”

Chemist Warehouse to transform with HPE

HPE is helping Chemist Warehouse transform with an infrastructure delivered through HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 Plus servers using 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors that take advantage of the latest VMware vSAN all-flash capabilities for a software-defined experience.

The upgraded data centre 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 foster growth,” said Andrew Foot, GM of Compute for HPE South Pacific.

“The new environment, enabled by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s 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.