Project Description


Delhaize America is a grocery store chain with US headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina, operating over 1000 supermarkets in 10 states within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States and employing over 63,000 people.  It was founded in 1957 as Food Town, a single grocery store in Salisbury. It later expanded to many locations across North Carolina. It was independently operated until it was acquired by the Belgium-based conglomerate Delhaize Group in 1974.  In 1983, the company changed its name and branding to Food Lion to allow it to expand into regions where Food Town was already in-use by unrelated stores.  Food Lion, LLC. is currently owned by Ahold Delhaize.

Client Environment

The environment consisted of a variety of IT equipment from OEMs such as IBM, HP, Cisco, and EMC.

The Challenge

Consolidate two data centers more than 1,000 miles apart into a single data center located in North Carolina. The project needed to be done seamlessly so as to not disturb supply chain operations.

The Solution

A data center consolidation plan was developed to breakup current operations into multiple migration events to meet supply chain needs.  This was done through interviews with lines of business owners to build a consolidation schedule that met their requirements and made the data consolidation invisible to their suppliers and customers.

The IT infrastructure was divided into segments that could move within the documented windows and could operate via WAN connections while the data center workload was in two distant locations.

Critical Success factors

  • Added extensive experience in successful data center relocations
  • Reduced the physical movement of equipment to a minimum by working vendor relationships to acquire asset swaps
  • Effective leverage of existing staff by the project team

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