Federal-Mogul Corporation is an innovative and diversified $6.9 billion global supplier of quality products, trusted brands and creative solutions to manufacturers of automotive, light commercial, heavy-duty and off-highway vehicles, as well as in power generation, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial. Federal-Mogul employs 40,000 people located in 36 countries.
The environment consisted of a variety of equipment from vendors such as IBM, Sun, HP, CISCO, and EMC.
The primary goal was to make the data center relocation of all IT systems a “non-event” outside of the company. All EDI processes were to be maintained while meeting the other targets set for the project. The project team was to develop strategies for the relocation that would maximize the re-use of existing equipment.
This project included the development of several cost cases for the data relocation plan, which included a risk assessment for each cost case.
The original relocation concept, which was a cost-based approach, had to be converted to a risk-based approach to meet the business requirements. High profile servers were asset-swapped prior to the move to shorten the data relocation time as much as possible and to reduce the risk profile.
To allow a multiple-week data migration to occur, applications were completely mapped to determine dependencies. This ensured that inter-dependent applications were moved together on the same weekend.
Critical Success factors
- Adopted a proven methodology and approach
- Used a collaborative rather than directive approach
- Brought in resources when needed and on a timely basis
- Used “mitigate the relocation risks” as the guiding principle
- Leveraged IT best practices in accomplishing the data center relocation
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