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23 May 2019

How Sainsbury’s using AWS is both good and bad for business?

On the 8th May 2019, Amazon hosted its AWS London Summit bringing thousands of the cloud computing community together to learn about and understand the direction AWS is heading towards. This year’s event saw over 12,000 attendee’s and 40 speakers, with Amazon presenting its overarching idea that the future of IT is Cloudification.

Amazon’s own Matt Garman (VP of EC2) started the Summit talking about one of its largest UK customers, Sainsbury’s and how its AWS journey has just started. To see the Sainsbury’s name using AWS has been seen by some as quite a shock due to Amazons affiliation with Whole Foods, a competitor, which was acquired by Amazon for $13.7 billion in 2017.


This begs the question…

Is Sainsbury’s now funding the competition?


Many of Whole Foods other competitors, such as Walmart and Target have already made the change from AWS to Azure due to concerns about possible conflicts of interests.

Notwithstanding this, Sainsbury’s CIO, Phil Jordan, explained that the relationship with AWS started when it was decided it was time to rebuild the groceries online business into the Cloud. Mr. Jordan went on to say how a big database migration was successfully achieved using AWS services, with the result that now 80% of Sainsbury’s groceries are now run online.


The numbers behind this migration are certainly impressive:-

  • 7TB of data was migrated to the Cloud
  • infrastructure costs are down by 30%
  • Sainsbury’s has seen an increase of up to 80% in interaction with its website and batch processing services


Whilst AWS may not be the answer for every organisation it has certainly had a significant impact at Sainsbury’s so if you need some advice and guidance on how the Cloud can change your business for the better whether that be for AWS or Azure, FIND OUT MORE HERE.