By Kyle Brown, Crain News Service
AKRON — Bridgestone Americas Inc. celebrated the grand re-opening of its Akron Data Center, which centralizes all of the company's five data systems into one location, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 18.
The 10,000-sq.-ft. renovated building will have approximately 80 IT (information technology) employees, as well as an additional 60 employees in a print shop housed in the building. The floor plan includes space for future expansion, according to the tire maker.
Currently, the facility has the capacity to hold 3.5 petabytes of data and is home to 3,000 servers, both physical and virtual.
The $17.3-million renovation project began in July 2015 and was completed this past February, with a focus on including natural disaster precautions, such as 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."