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49ers announce official ‘converged infrastructure provider’

Sure, whatever they say.

49ers server room

I imagine we have a decent number of current and former IT people visiting Niners Nation, and I’m hoping some of you can dumb this down for me and the rest of us. The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have formed a partnership with Datrium, who they describe as, “the leader in tier 1 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for hybrid clouds.” The team announced that Datrium will be the, “official converged infrastructure provider.”

I’ve embedded the 49ers’ press release below, and I’d love to hear how people interpret it. Someone told me it basically means they are adding a professional server room. But, if you have more insight, I’m all ears.

That being said, the 49ers have done a lot of work to get ahead of the curve from an analytics standpoint. The way this is described suggests ways to boost the operations that support their analytical efforts. I’ll just stick with that as the way this is a good thing for the 49ers. But anybody who knows more about this, please let us know in the comments.

The San Francisco 49ers today announced that the team has added Datrium, the leader in tier 1 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for hybrid clouds, as the team’s official converged infrastructure provider.

The 49ers chose Datrium as their converged infrastructure provider primarily because of the organization’s need for a consolidation solution that would improve efficiency and provide the flexibility to grow and adapt for years to come in a dynamic football market. Future plans for additional applications, disaster recovery, data security and cloud-based data protection are all possible with the scalable Datrium platform.

“We used to have a sign posted by our practice field that said, ‘Everyday you get better or you get worse—you never stay the same,’” said Jim Bartholomew, Director of IT for the San Francisco 49ers. “The same is true with 49ers IT. With Datrium, we expect better performance, faster RTO and options for Cloud that will better serve our coaches and staff. When we winon Sunday, we will take a lot of pride in knowing we had a part in that.”

Datrium will consolidate the workloads from eight legacy storage arrays and aging servers to two Datrium DVX systems. DVX will serve 49ers coaches with critical video assets used for pre-game preparation and instant game-time decision making. Keeping this critical data in flash on the server will provide a technology advantage for coaches looking for every possible edge to win. Datrium DVX will also support corporate applications, including the business-critical scouting database used for maintaining and serving statistics on college and NFL players in realtime, a key tool during the NFL Draft and for other trade assessments. All data on the DVX will be backed up daily to Datrium’s built-in backup catalog, validated multiple times per day with Blanket Verification, and secured end-to-end with Blanket Encryption.

The 49ers also announced a corporate partnership whereby Datrium will sponsor company events, concerts, 49ers home games and the Bay Area Host Committee for the upcoming College Football Playoff National Championship, set for Levi’s® Stadium on January 7, 2019.

”The 49ers are our kind of partner – they get it, they’re ambitious, and they know what it takes to win,” said Tim Page, CEO, Datrium. “Working together means we are figuratively but also literally helping the NFL community and the 49ers move the ball down the field during every game.”

“Our organization is always looking to leverage technology and business strategy to maximize the success of our business operations and that’s why we’re committed to partnering with innovative companies that can impact our business both on and off the field,” said Brent Schoeb, San Francisco 49ers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “In Datrium, we have found a partner that has the same DNA as us and we look forward to a winning season on the field and in the data center.”