Moving the Data Center for Cedars-Sinai - Case Study

Summary:  Over 1,000 Devices Relocated With no Unplanned Outages

The Challenge 

Cedars-Sinai - Case StudyThe 15 year old data center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was suffering from inefficiency and insufficient cooling capacity. The existing infrastructure was incapable of providing the operational sustainability that this nationally recognized hospital required, and the facility’s PUE reflected its age.  The hospital knew it needed a new facility and turned to TDS for help with relocation planning and execution.

Because the data center supports critical hospital operations (many of which directly affect patient wellbeing), any unplanned system outages during the relocation was not acceptable.  And any planned downtime needed to be minimized needed to be confined to very narrow time windows. The IT department was also in the midst of a server virtualization project leaving very few internal resources available to plan and execute the critical move project.

TDS Approach 

TDS provided planning oversight and relocation execution services for Cedars-Sinai.  The relocation included approximately 1,000 devices, and was accomplished in 15 phases.

The diligence that TDS applied to the physical on-site validation of the run book and relocation plans prior to each move event was a major contributor to the overall success of the project.  TDS was able to identify and avert issues prior to move day.

Benefits

There were no unplanned disruptions throughout the entire relocation. Cedars achieved a worry free move with core day to day operations continuing unaffected by the major changes taking place.

Because TDS are experts in data center facilities, relocations and IT operations, Cedars used TDS for other services to improve operations.  TDS assisted Cedars-Sinai with the rack layout and server elevation planning for the new data center.  TDS also helped Cedars-Sinai evaluate CMDB solutions.

About Cedars-Sinai

Composed of more than 2,000 physicians and 10,000 employees, Cedars-Sinai is a nationally recognized teaching and research hospital located in the Los Angeles area.  They have tended to the medical needs of thousands of people, including a number of celebrities, since their inception in 1902.


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