Major League Baseball data find home in Omaha

From Barbara Soderlin at the Omaha World-Herald on August 23, 2013, with mention of SABR member Andy Andres:

Demand for live game video and online play-by-play action from users like [Chris] Lodes has exponentially increased the amount of data generated and stored by MLB Advanced Media, owner of the site and provider of the MLB.TV service. In a single baseball season, the Major League Baseball subsidiary generates 1.5 million gigabytes of live and on-demand baseball video. Including video streaming from the company’s growing roster of nonbaseball clients, MLB Advanced Media creates and stores 6 million gigabytes of content each year.

Where to put it all? That’s where Omaha — 200 miles from the nearest Major League Baseball franchise — comes in.

MLB Advanced Media is preparing to open a data center inside the Scott Data Center at Aksarben Village. The facility is MLB Advanced Media’s first major “technological footprint” outside of New York, where the offices of this startup success story are located in New York’s Silicon Alley, separate by design from MLB’s midtown corporate headquarters.

MLB Advanced Media will be the Scott Data Center’s largest tenant — with about 8,000 square feet of space, it’s more than twice as expansive as the next biggest tenant.

The facility will house and back up everything MLB Advanced Media already stores and streams: live and archived ballgames, optimized for viewing on hundreds of devices and operating systems; millions of data points gathered on pitching, catching and outfield play across 30 franchises; as well as live video for other nonbaseball clients, such as World Cup soccer matches and March Madness basketball games shown on ESPN. The site will even serve nonsports clients like Glenn Beck’s online show and a new partner, Row 44, a provider to airlines of in-flight broadband and entertainment services.

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Originally published: August 23, 2013. Last Updated: August 23, 2013.