Kindred operates about 65 long-term, acute-care hospitals in 24 states, and about 285 skilled nursing facilities in 32 states. Services include long-term intensive care, respiratory services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation therapy, and Alzheimer’s disease care.
The environment consisted of a variety of distributed IT equipment such as Compaq, HP, Sun, IBM, and EMC.
The data center move had to done in such a way that disruption of IT operations was minimized. The data move also required that the applications had to be grouped logically in the new data center.
A detailed inventory of Kindred’s data center equipment was performed, and the associated applications were mapped to the servers. The inventory was then divided up into move groups and each group was sized to fit into the defined move event window.
This division resulted in 10 move events, and a data center relocation plan was developed for each event.
Critical Success Factors
- Adopted a proven methodology and approach for data center relocation
- Used a collaborative rather than directive approach
- Brought in resources to free-up critical resources from day-to-day activities
- Brought in resources experienced in data center relocations
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