Starting in 1980 as a 3,000 sq. ft. neighborhood grocery in Anaheim and growing to a network of 40 retail outlets providing foods, financial services, and insurance throughout Southern California, Northgate Markets now has over 7,000 employees, two data centers, and a massive amount of retail and financial data to manage. Harrison Lewis, Northgate’s CIO for seven years, has aggressively pushed a cloud-first IT strategy for all the company’s business processes and to outsource costly infrastructure as much as possible.
The company maintains data centers in Anaheim and Mesa, with both running business-critical applications as well as backing each other up. Northgate targets stringent business continuity SLAs. Northgate’s data center environment is 99% virtualized with over 450 VMs on VMware, supporting applications using SQL, Windows, and Linux environments.