The Super Bowl’s Data Center

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What kind of technology infrastructure is required to support the Super Bowl? Network World has a profile of NFL IT guru Dick Port, who discusses the temporary infrastructure that will support tonight’s Big Game in Tampa:

NFL essentially built a small data center with IBM blade servers at the temporary headquarters in a local Marriott near the Super Bowl site. “We built out an infrastructure with approximately 300 computers, PCs and laptops, and wired and wireless networks that are used for NFL core operations, for game production and business operations,” Port said.

CNet takes a similar look at Super Bowl technology, noting that the IBM blades are using VMware to run virtualized operations at each of its four venues in Tampa. Both stories are being discussed at Slashdot.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Thanks for the great insight to the back-end technology of the NFL's super bowl Data Center! This is certainly a fantastic lesson that can also be applied to Disaster Recovery scenarios.