The $17.3 million renovation project began in July 2015 and was completed in February, with a focus on including natural disaster precautions, including redundancies in power feed, generators, power distribution, cooling systems and network.
"With a business as large and diverse as ours, our IT infrastructure is part of the backbone of what we do every day," said Robert Olds, acting chief information officer for Bridgestone Americas. "It's not only our people, but our processes, our systems, our hardware, everything working together with the business to keep things rolling."
The data center centralizes Bridgestone's data systems from its locations in Muscatine, Iowa; Carmel, Ind.; Bloomingdale, Ill.; Clearwater, Fla.; and Nashville, Tenn. Some of those data centers, such as the one located in Muscatine, will be repurposed. Others, such as the Bloomingdale and Carmel offices, will be decommissioned, as the departments are being relocated to the company's Nashville headquarters, said Bill Thompson, vice president and senior officer for Bridgestone America. Bridgestone is relocating affected employees. No new hires for the Akron Data Center are currently planned.
Bringing all five data systems together helps by providing better stability and faster support for business, as well as better executed disaster recovery plans, Olds said.