A case study on Big River Steel building the world’s first Flex Mill™, bringing together superior capabilities of a major steel producer with the tech advancements of a fully-managed cloud virtual desktop infrastructure to operate more effectively. Big River Steel focuses on the production of advanced automotive and electrical steels. The mega-facility, located on 1,300 acres in Osceola, Arkansas, uses the latest thin slab casting and rolling technologies from SMS Group AG to produce the largest range of hot strip dimensions available in the market.
Challenge: Enable Startup to Build a Secure Technology Infrastructure to Centralize and Manage its Operations
With fierce global competition, Big River Steel knew it was time for American steel to drive innovation again. To bring the first Flex Mill to full throttle, Big River Steel had to find a way to competitively produce the most-challenging steels. But building a smart-mill that could produce the wide mix of lightweight high-strength steels to the most complex electrical steels, energy pipe grades and coiled plate dimensions was quite the challenge. It took about five years and a team of technology experts, engineers and scientists to bring this mill to fruition. The end result is a company that delivers the following message to their constituents:
Solution: Managed Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
IBIS Technology worked with Big River Steel to develop a strategy to address the mill’s technology needs. To improve security, productivity and accessibility, IBIS Technology helped plan, design and build a complete cloud-based IT environment with cloud-hosted virtual desktops and servers to get them up and running with the ability to scale as they grow. Below are some of the solutions IBIS Technology provided:
- Technology Consulting: Planning and building the entire cloud virtual desktop infrastructure and roadmap for a fully productive operation that could scale and grow with them.
- Security: Creation of a private network infrastructure with geographically independent data centers and single-tenancy to provide higher levels of security and compliance, while proactively addressing any system vulnerabilities to avoid risk.
- Productivity: Fully-managed cloud services with 100%, around-the-clock IT Support to manage upgrades, backup and disaster recovery, business continuity, help desk, and remote monitoring to optimize processes without taxing valuable internal resources.
- Accessibility: Private cloud network to house all business applications with virtualization to make it easier for employees to gain anytime, anywhere access, on any compatible device.
Watch the video below: Rebels Wanted - Big River Steel's Grand Opening.
Pictured here: On March 1, 2017, the American steel producer Big River Steel (BRS) officially opened its new steelmaking plant in Osceola, Arkansas. Guests from the steel industry and government officials attended the grand opening, among them Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of Arkansas.
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