|Cowboys Stadium Becomes One of the Most Technologically Advanced Stadiums Ever with the Help of CDW|
|Written by CDW|
|Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:28|
VERNON HILLS, Ill. - February 3, 2011 - Long before people began gearing up for events at Cowboys Stadium, CDW, a leading provider of technology
The company played a critical role in making the host to events like Super Bowl XLV, Big 12 football championship game and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic one of the most technologically advanced stadiums ever built.
"We needed technology that would provide the ultimate fan experience and enable team operations to run more effectively," said Pete Walsh, chief
Beyond creating an enhanced fan experience, the Dallas Cowboys needed a data center - housed inside the stadium - to support the 30-plus organizations affiliated with the franchise in more than 90 locations, including the stadium itself and 35 pro shops selling team merchandise. The data center would also need to support team operations, from cheerleaders, scouting,medical staff and concession stands to game-day operations, such as 3,000 televisions, stadium lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
"As a result, 24x7 uptime was critical," added Walsh.
A new stadium didn't necessarily need to mean new headaches. The process for creating a reliable and future-proof technology solution for the stadium began in 2007 and lasted for 18 months. Initially, CDW solution architects and engineers went to team headquarters to learn about the Cowboys' needs and to offer expertise on the latest technologies. CDW considered several critical factors when designing the data center, including the required amount of total processing power, the number of virtual machines that could be handled on each server, the number and placement of rack configurations, as well as software management capabilities.
The resulting solution included HP blade servers with a storage area network (SAN) core and tailored tape backup technology. In early 2009, CDW
"As fans at home and at the stadium watch the game, most probably won't be looking for evidence of a virtualized server infrastructure with 100-terabyte SAN core," said Thomas E. Richards, president and chief operating officer, CDW. "Instead, they'll notice how great the game looks from the largest high-definition video board in the NFL or how easy it is to use ATM or credit cards at concessions. The engine behind all of these things and so much more is the data center CDW's solution architects built.It's truly the 'brains' behind the entire stadium operations - providing seamless solutions that make the experience for the fans more engaging and enjoyable."
CDW solution architects created a virtualized server infrastructure making the following possible:
To learn more about CDW's work with Cowboys Stadium, please visit www.cdw.com/stadium.
About CDW:CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government,education and healthcare. Ranked No. 38 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company's technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling,networking, software licensing and mobility solutions. CDW was founded in