"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, according to Bill Thompson, vice president and senior officer for Bridgestone Americas.
Bringing all five data systems together helps by providing better stability and faster support for business, as well as improved disaster recovery plans, Mr. Olds said.
Though the Akron Data Center officially was re-opened April 18, the changes to bring all end-users onto the same network have been instituted over the course of the last two years, according to Ryan Schulz, IT communication specialist.