Retailer Reduces the Risk and Capital Costs of Launching Online Bargain Site with Highly Flexible Cloud Hosting
Founded in 1962, Harvey Norman is one of Australia's largest retailers, selling electrical and computer goods, furniture and bedding from 230 stores. Generating revenue in excess of A$7.7 billion, the company employs over 10,000 staff. Escott's cloud options were influenced by a Microsoft strategy to expand the scope of the firm's hosted services. Originally designed purely as a hosting service for .NET developers, the Microsoft cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure, was becoming available to a wider range of technologies and operating systems. This flexibility, together with a solid commercial relationship, encouraged Escott to launch the site with Microsoft Azure.