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Storage and the Tampa Bay Rays

P1110175.JPGMy last blog post was a podcast with Juan Ramirez, Senior Director of IT for the Tampa Bay Rays, discussing how Juan and the Rays use information technology in their business.  Today I have another podcast with Juan but focused on storage and their decision to replace their previous SAN (from a competitor) with an HP 3PAR. 


Also, while visiting Juan at Tropicana Field, he took me into his data

center and showed me his infrastructure.  I grabbed my video camera and got video of this.

How the Tampa Bay Rays leverage technology

P1110250.JPGA couple of weeks ago I had a podcast that I had done with Andrew Friedman who manages baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.  I was honored to visit the Rays in St. Pete's with my son with the intention of also doing podcasts or videos with Juan Ramirez, the Senior Director of IT for the Rays. 


Juan took my son and I on a tour of Tropicana Field including stops in the Rays clubhouse, the stingray pool where Cameron got to feed the stingrays and on the field for batting practice, where Cameron got to meet several players including visiting star Josh Hamilton.   We had an incredible time! In fact, we spent so much time taking in the stadium (followed by fantastic seats at the game) that we ran out of time to do the podcast.  I was a bit embarrassed by that since that was my reason for going to Tampa Bay but never fear, Juan and I did a couple of podcasts via Skype. 


In part 1, Juan and I talk about how the Rays and Tropicana Field utilizes technology to drive their P1110259.JPGbusiness.  I remember when I was with Juan at Tropicana Field, he mentioned that almost everything at the stadium - including lights, AC, radio and TV broadcasting, HD video on the large video screens, and more - go through the network he manages.  But from Juan's perspective, the most important thing he does is help baseball operations to put the best team on the field that they can. 

Talking baseball and technology with Andrew Friedman

Wow - I don't know how else to begin this blog post but by saying "WOW"!  I've had an incredible weekend as a guest of the Tampa Bay Rays.  I was invited along with my 13 year old son Cameron to Tampa by the Director of IT, Juan Ramirez.  On Saturday, we went to Tropicana Field - the home of the Rays - and had a fantastic time.


P1110248.JPGWe went up to Juan's office and chatted for a while and then went to visit the suite of Andrew Friedman, the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Rays.  As impressive as getting Josh Hamilton's autograph was, meeting Andrew and talking to him for 15 minutes was incredible.  Later that night when Cameron called my wife, he recounted the discussion saying that Mr. Friedman asked him about playing basketball (his passion) and reminded him before we left to focus on his defense.  Cam was impressed that Mr. Friedman was genuinely interested in talking to him.


(This summary is an excerpt from the full blog post - go to the article to read the whole story and listen to the very interesting podcast with Andrew Friedman).


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