MLB Network Drafts Exinda to Improve Bandwidth Utilization
Interop Las Vegas 2012 – Exinda, a global provider of next-generation WAN optimization and performance assurance solutions, announced that MLB Network, Major League Baseball’s 24/7 cable television network, is using its WAN optimization solution to shape traffic, prioritize critical applications, and save its network infrastructure from reaching disastrous saturation levels.
As well as standard back-office apps, MLB Network’s infrastructure carries significant video traffic, plus up-to-the-moment player and game data collated, analyzed and made into on-screen graphics by a bespoke application. Optimized by the Exinda solution, these bring the magic of Major League Baseball to cable and satellite TV viewers.
“Previously we were seeing 98% utilization on our routers, which spelled potential problems with upcoming traffic peaks around the MLB First-Year Player Draft, All-Star Game and the World Series; maybe even traffic overloads bringing our firewalls down. It’s pretty impressive what Exinda has been able to do for us to make those issues disappear,” said MLB Network IT Director Cindy Cortell. “With Exinda, we’re now able to assure performance to key applications and systems.”
MLB Network uses Exinda to control the traffic generated and consumed by around 1,000 media networks, partner organizations and other super-users throughout the regular season, over its dual 200 MB Circuits. After deployment and configuration, Exinda appliances – which boast market-leading packet-shaping capabilities – immediately provided complete traffic visibility and control with full reporting, enabling MLB Network to identify specific applications to prioritize or limit, by user, down to the nearest Kbps.
“The behind-the-scenes work that delivers live, nationwide, rolling sports coverage and shows like MLB Tonight to millions of baseball fans is just extraordinary,” said Nolan Rosen, CMO at Exinda. “It’s great to know Exinda is playing such an important role in helping the team at MLB Network succeed, and to continue pushing the limits of 24/7 broadcasting as far as possible.”
Visit Exinda at Booth 1121 at Interop May 8-10, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
About MLB Network
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 68 million cable, telco TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
Exinda is a proven global supplier of next-generation WAN optimization and application acceleration products. The company has helped more than 2,500 organizations in over 80 countries worldwide improve the end user experience, manage application performance, manage congestion over the WAN and reduce network operating costs for the IT executive. For more information, please visit http://www.exinda.com.