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Red Sox Hook Up NAS for Home Runs

While the Boston Red Sox were sweeping the Colorado Rockies to win the 2007 World Series, Red Sox IT director Steve Conley was wrestling with a unique challenge of his own.

"The SAN that we travel with, we outgrew," explains Conley, referring to an EMC Clariion-based system the team had used for video archiving since 2004. "Baseball guys are just like any other typical user in regards to storage -- you can never have enough."

With Red Sox coaching staff and team members keen to gain a competitive edge over their rivals, the 5-Tbyte Clariion CX500 had quickly filled up with video of Red Sox players and competitors.

"From a baseball standpoint, there's no bad video, they want to store it as long as they can," says Conley, estimating that the team generates about 2.5 Tbytes of video each year. "We were out of storage -- I would have had to add more storage, which would add weight."

The solution came in the form of an NS20 Celerra NAS system, also from EMC, which was delivered in January.

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