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Bridgestone modernizes information center, hauls out 13 tons of copper wire

In Oct 1968, Lyndon Johnson was president, a Beatles expelled Hey Jude, and mechanism scientist Douglas Engelbart presented a “Mother of All Demos.”

It was also a year tire-making hulk Bridgestone Corp. non-stop a information core in Akron, Ohio. If walls could talk, this information core could tell a story of IT.

That core non-stop on Oct. 9, 1968, with racks and racks of tapes and a water-cooled mainframe. Today, it is a home of systems ancillary an roughly totally virtualized environment.

Bridgestone recently finished consolidating 6 information centers, totaling about 25,000 block feet, into one 10,000-square-foot facility. The plan began in 2015 and cost $17.3 million.