The tiny capacitors KEMET produces are used in
electrical products manufactured the world over. Lighting
companies need capacitors to brighten the world; medical
companies use them for x-ray machines and pacemakers;
auto companies use them to help lower CO2 emissions and
increase fuel efficiency.
With capacitors in high demand, KEMET moves at a fast
pace. It must maintain a robust technology infrastructure
to manage supply chain information between itself, its
customers, partners and employees. In 2010, after several
years of deferred in-house investment, KEMET decided to
bring its disaster recovery data center back in-house and
make the infrastructure ready for a consolidation effort
encompassing its 27 other global data centers.
KEMET needed an infrastructure that could manage the
fluctuations of its business, which is heavily affected by the
market. Economic highs and lows have a dramatic effect
on KEMET's business demand. Therefore, all of its critical
business systems had to be dynamically scalable. KEMET
was also looking to achieve enhanced system performance,
availability, recoverability, ease of management and lower
cost of operations.
KEMET asked Forsythe and account manager Rob
Newman III, with whom they had a long standing
relationship, to help them through this massive
"KEMET was a great candidate for converged
technologies," says Newman. "They haven't
historically siloed their network, server, storage and
security management, so they had fewer challenges
to overcome than many organizations. They already
understood the key intersection points in what
would normally be discrete silos. The data center
infrastructure refresh project was successful because
the KEMET IT team worked closely across the server,
storage, network, and backup groups."
The Forsythe team analyzed KEMET's overall
infrastructure needs, which included robust inhouse
disaster recovery capabilities and flexible,
standardized technology for all its data centers.
Forsythe architected, procured and built KEMET's
new converged, virtualized network, server and
storage environment. Forsythe also took over full
project management of the technology refresh,
including working with all the manufacturers to ensure
that infrastructure interdependencies were proactively
addressed. To accomplish this, Forsythe team members
were on-site several days each week and led frequent
status calls with KEMET and the manufacturers.
KEMET has subsequently contracted with Forsythe
to procure and manage the implementation of a
unified communications and collaboration technology
project built on the infrastructure originally stood up
for the data center infrastructure refresh project. To
date, Forsythe has designed and deployed the core
call processing and voicemail infrastructure for 500
phones in nine locations, with 3,000 phones yet to be
deployed across another 35 global locations.
KEMET has an updated, resilient, scalable, highly
available converged data center and communications
infrastructure. The majority of the technology is
virtualized and automated for ease of management.
Floor space has been reduced by half, lowering facility
costs, including power and cooling. Bringing its
disaster recovery capabilities back in-house will save
KEMET enough money in three years to pay for the
entire data center upgrade.
With the new, simplified, standardized systems,
KEMET's IT staff has more free time to work on
planning and strategy, instead of troubleshooting.
Forsythe is now rolling out the reference architecture
it developed to the rest of its data centers. KEMET
already has driven collaboration across the
organization using its new unified communications
and collaboration technologies.
As Newman explains, "KEMET always has a
number of high priority projects going on. They are
also incredibly hands on and have a very strong,
knowledgeable technical team."
"Forsythe has invaluable knowledge across the tech market. We rely on them to
advise us on which solutions are proven and viable for us. Forsythe is a trusted
advisor and strategic business partner to KEMET."