With F5 solutions, MLB Network streamlined the process of building a robust, reliable network infrastructure to serve its two broadcast studios. The solutions also reduced MLB Network’s need for new appliances, ensuring that CapEx was kept to a minimum throughout the implementation process.
Working with F5, MLB Network completed the project on time and under budget, allowing the network to launch on January 1, 2009, as planned. As a result, MLB Network received the 2009 Project of the Year award from the Project Management Institute—New Jersey Chapter, for its Back Office/Broadcast Backbone LAN and Network Deployment.
Highly reliable network performance MLB Network’s flexible, scalable network has performed flawlessly for more than three years. With F5 solutions in place, MLB Network has been able to keep its operations up and running, adjusting resources according to current network conditions—even during 2011’s Hurricane Irene. Through the capabilities provided by F5 solutions, network performance is well balanced and efficient, with mission-critical, on-air applications taking priority over less essential resources, resulting in 100 percent uptime.
“It’s an incredible facility with two broadcast studios,” notes Cortell. “It can get pretty intense. But the infrastructure is solid and extremely reliable.”
Employees find that LAN accessibility from any Internet-connected endpoint is ideal to allow them to maintain productivity, even from ballparks around the country. Using F5’s SSL VPN solution, employees and vendors can transmit mission-critical data during marquee events such as player drafts, All-Star games, and the World Series. This capability also ensures that administrators can configure, manage, and troubleshoot applications and the network anywhere, anytime—exactly what is needed for a 24x7 operation like MLB Network.
By providing 100 percent uptime and minimizing CapEx, the F5 solution has enabled MLB Network to meet its return on investment (ROI) goal. The network has performed planned upgrades and maintenance without any loss of equipment or availability. In addition, the reliable service MLB Network provides has supported its significant growth since its launch in 2009.
“Working with F5 has been a grand slam,” says Cortell. “F5 gives us the flexibility we need to make the most of the network.”