With offices alongside the San Francisco Bay, David Woolley, Senior Director, Network Operations assures us working for the San Francisco Giants is just like any other IT department, but since we know he’s responsible for backing up Barry Bonds’ home run video footage, we’re not quite convinced.
With a 20-year tenure for the franchise, Dave and his team have seen big shifts in technology, including the emergence of virtualization, mobile, and big data, which have all affected the amount of data the organization stores and maintains. Several years ago the IT team moved to Pure Storage for virtualization storage with EMC Isilon for file storage, managing about 125T of data at the time, including video, publications, photos, and archives. Greater use of technology on the field with multiple camera angles, statistics trackers, and other capabilities meant a significant influx of big data and a much more complex storage infrastructure. “Now we not only receive files with video and stats from our own major and minor league operations, but also additional files from MLB. This has caused multifold data growth every year, and since this information is used to make franchise decisions and affects if we win on the field, the ability to easily access data quickly at any moment was imperative,” explains Woolley.
At the time, the Giants were using Veeam and Symantec Backup Exec to back up to a Data Domain appliance which replicated to an off-site co-location facility, but it was clear this solution would not accommodate their exponentially expanding secondary data needs.
The Giants worked with system integrator Groupware Technology, Inc. to identify a single solution provider to meet the following requirements for a cloud-integrated backup solution:
- Eliminate off site co-location facility to reduce costs and simplify management
- Provide an on-ramp to cloud integration while augmenting the on-premises backup environment
- Identify cost-effective solutions for business-critical data archive and storage, including video files and scouting reports