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MLB Adds Western Data Center

Major League BaseballWith data becoming an increasingly important part of the ballpark and baseball experiences, Major League Baseball is beefing up its delivery system with the addition of a new Denver-Englewood data center.

Partnering with Flexential, MLB is beefing up its infrastructure online to effectively support and scale requirements for servicing its digital product platforms.

“We always strive to deliver our fans uninterrupted, high-quality access to MLB content at every step of their consumption experiences,” said Truman Boyes, MLB Senior Vice President, Infrastructure, in a press statement. “To meet these expectations requires a data management system with highly reliable, scalable and proximity-based data centers. Flexential was able to respond to our needs in record time with an environmentally-responsible infrastructure to support us as we serve our Clubs and their fans.”

Flexential’s Denver-Englewood data center will complement the league’s East Coast presence by providing a secure central location that reduces the latency by more than half, while serving the connectivity and resiliency requirements for MLB, according to a Flexential press release. The goals for the new infrastructure: Better real-time performance, higher availability, and a better overall customer experience. The new site also has an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating and uses power from Xcel Energy that is 28 percent solar or wind generated.

Flexential’s site also provides MLB easy access to their cloud partners by offering a choice of cloud access solutions at speeds from 100Mb to 100Gb.

“As demand for online sports media continues to increase, our data center sites throughout the country are fully equipped to provide the reliability, connectivity, and comprehensive service package needed to support this growing online media platform,” said Chris Downie, Flexential CEO. “With the number of active internet-connected devices expected to grow to 20 billion by next year, the soaring bandwidth and network demands will also explode. MLB’s example of taking the connectivity to the Edge is proof you can overcome those obstacles to provide the seamless user experience every baseball fan wants.”

The move comes as MLB is ramping up video content sent to end users in the form of stats and highlights.

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