Hot Tech Projects: Virtualization, Data Centers and Hadoop Clusters

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 11-03-2011

In this edition of IT Projects: The Inside Scoop, we highlight IT activity across 42 Fortune-ranked and mid-market companies spanning the final weeks of October. Virtualization, data center openings and closings, major application migrations and even a few Hadoop clusters make their way into the roundup. Alcoa, Department of Homeland Security, Macy's and TJX Companies are among the organizations covered in this roundup.

Information for this feature is provided exclusively to CIO Insight by the researchers at DiscoverOrg and covers technology deployments, software implementations, and IT department changes across Fortune-ranked and mid-market companies. DiscoverOrg provides a constantly updated database of IT org charts and direct contact information on IT executives in Fortune-ranked and mid-market companies.

In fact, the roundup covering the period of Oct. 12-Oct. 27 included a total of 52 projects, 10 of which involved some degree of BYOD initiatives or rollouts of iPhones and iPads. We've highlighted those projects in a separate roundup, iPhone, iPad, BYOD Dominate Hot Tech Projects.

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IT Projects: The Inside Scoop (Oct. 12-Oct. 27, 2011)

Organization

Location

Project/s

Air Products & Chemicals

Allentown, PA

Rolling out Windows 7.

Alcoa

New York, NY

Replacing servers powering current OLTP databases with four half-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 systems and two Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 systems. Also preparing to consolidate four Oracle HCM instances down to a single instance.

American National Insurance Company

Galveston, TX

Chooses iPipeline iGO e-app and Illustrations Integrator.

Arch Coal

Saint Louis, MO

Selects Perceptive Software to improve workflow automation process.

Army Corps of Engineers

Washington, DC

Implemented the Rackwise DCIM solution for data centers and technology infrastructure.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA

Using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator for 10,600 desktops and 2000 laptops.

Bombardier

Saint-Laurent, QC

Designing corporate-wide virtualization strategy for all employees and staff.

Calpine

Houston, TX

Working to integrate IBM Maximo to Oracle SOA Suite as well as upgrading Maximo from v6 to v7.

Capital One Financial

McLean, VA

Consolidated nearly 30 different data centers down to two primary data centers.

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

Implementing 3M's 360 Encompass suite of computer-assisted coding, reporting and performance monitoring software.

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC

Implementing 12 cloud service offerings, including Email, SharePoint, Development & Test, WorkPlace as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, MS Project Server, Case & Relationship Management, Business Intelligence, and Web Content Management as a Service. Three of the services are already in place: enterprise content delivery, an identity proofing service, and authentication services.

Deutsche Bank

New York, NY

Has deployed ioMemory technology to reduce latency and increase performance by up to 60 percent in its Credit Risk Calculation and Information System.

EMC Corporation

Hopkinton, MA

Opens 450,000-square-foot data center in Durham, North Carolina.

Erie Indemnity

Erie, PA

Has licensed CSC's Agency Link as the internal corporate front-end for its property and casualty policy administration system.

Google

Mountain View, CA

Opens data center in Pryor, OK.

Guess

Los Angeles, CA

Using Microstrategy's Gateway for Facebook.

Humana

Louisville, KY

Deployed Interactions Corporation's voice portal technology.

Intel

Santa Clara, CA

IT spending per employee rose from $14,400 in 2008 to $15,100 in 2010.

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Creating an Active Directory structure which will replace the existing Novell structure.

Jackson National

Lansing, MI

In the midst of migrating business from Equity+, and CSC Vantage platforms to CSC's Cyberlife platform.

JCPenney

Plano, TX

In the midst of implementing server automation technologies to 1,200 retail stores through 2013 from Dell PowerEdge Windows 2000 platforms to HP Porliant Windows 2008 servers.

Kroger

Cincinnati, OH

Selects Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management.

LinkedIn

Mountain View, CA

Deployed a large-scale Hadoop cluster.

Macy's

Cincinnati, OH

In the midst of building out a production Hadoop cluster and working on migration of load jobs and production-ready analysis jobs from R&D to production.

Martin Memorial Medical Center

Stuart, FL

Slated to go live with Epic EHR in December 2011.

National Archives and Records Administration

College Park, MD

Selects IBM to operate and adapt electronic record archives.

New York Presbyterian Hospital

New York, NY

Planning initiatives to use technology to improve patient access to services, drive interconnectivity across all facets of care in order to improve care coordination, and use data analytics and predictive modeling capabilities to drive cost and quality effectiveness.

New York University

New York, NY

Selected Rackwise to consolidate data from all three data centers into Rackwise's central repository. 

Principal Group

Des Moines, IA

In the midst of an enterprise-wide deployment of Symantec Enterprise Vault. 

Rite Aid

Camp Hill, PA

Rolls out in-store virtual doctor visits.

Salina Regional Health Center

Salina, KS

Building a $3.5 million off-site, data center.

Sherwin-Williams

Cleveland, OH

Upgrades to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. 

State Street

Boston, MA

All storage has been virtualized for structured/unstructured data, and all servers are 72% virtualized.

tw Telecom

Littleton, CO

Upgrading to PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1.

TJX Companies

Framingham, MA

In the midst of a multi-year project, building and migrating all application and hardware assets to a new Corporate Technology Center. 

UnitedHealth Group

Minnetonka, MN

Redesigning and consolidating 20 legacy claims-paying systems.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Piloting Symantec Endpoint for deployment.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Completed first phase of University Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity plan.

US Foodservice

Rosemont, IL

In the midst of a large-scale Service-Oriented Architecture proof-of-concept project to prove out shifting of architecture from a mainframe-based system to a modular application.

The Wendy's Company

Dublin, OH

Migrating more than 1,600 corporate Lotus Notes users and more than 1,400 Lotus Wendy's Stores to Exchange 2010. Migrating more than 800 Exchange 2003 users to Exchange 2010. Cari Gerren, Manager, IT Enterprise Messaging, Unified Communications, is the Matrix Project Manager on these projects. Company is also migrating from Blackberry 4.1 to 5.0.

White House

Washington, DC

CIO Steven VanRoekel U.S. government is no longer limiting its data center closures to those centers measuring at least 500 square feet. Number of data centers to be closed rises from 2,100 to nearly 2,800.

Woodforest National Bank

The Woodlands, TX

Upgraded to HP blade servers, reducing 10 server enclosures in each data center to five. Also migrated from IBM boxes running AIX to RedHat Linux. Currently, data center is 96% virtualized, with hopes of 100% virtualization by 2012. 

Source: CIO Insight/DiscoverOrg, Oct. 12-Oct. 27, 2011.