The excitement of Super Bowl 50 is upon us -- the celebrated teams, the big plays, the touchdowns, the field goals and the infamous half-time show. But behind all that -- inside Levi's Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, -- sits some serious New IP networking power built by Brocade and ready to take on the big game.
As we all know, football games aren't just about football anymore thanks to mobile phones and WiFi and users' insatiable demand for texting, calling and posting photos of themselves in their fan gear to Facebook -- all 70,000 fans at the same time; all wreaking havoc on the network.
In fact, just last week, in anticipation of the game, Verizon announced it had invested $70 million in its wireless network in order to triple 4G LTE wireless data network capacity in the Bay Area, and permanently boost network performance for the expected 1 million-plus visitors, and customers living in and traveling to northern California in the future.
At the same time, the Levi's Stadium's comms network itself also has to support 10 clubs, 170 suites, 370 concessions with point of sale (both wired and wireless), 600 security cameras, the largest outdoor scoreboard in the NFL, 1,000 WiFi access points and over 2,400 IPTVs that range from 40-inch HD to 85-inch 4K UltraHD displays.
Not to mention that Levi's Stadium also supports a mobile app that lets fans use e-tickets, order food and drinks and have it delivered to their seats, check the bathroom lines and also watch multiple-angle instant replay views immediately on their mobile devices -- marrying the in-home and in-stadium viewing experience.
Making the Magic Happen
There are many players in making any big sporting event happen – including those monitoring the network inside Levi's Stadium. (Source: Brocade)
When all of these features and services are combined, the stadium's network moves more than 500TB of data on a typical game day. However, demand for network power is not constant, and like many sporting venues, on game day the stadium can go from zero to tens of thousands of users and transactions and more in just a few hours.
As a result, an agile, scalable, cost-effective New IP network -- one that can spin up capacity and services based on demand -- is essential to making the magic happen, according to Ed Graczyk, head of global corporate communications at Brocade. "Levi's Stadium wants the best fan experience and knows that involves an amazing network to support it."
That network is built on Brocade's core routers, switches and the Brocade Network Advisor for simplified network management. According to Graczyk, it's composed of multiple network clusters, separating services like WiFi from IPTV, and connected by over 400 miles of fiber/copper. (You can learn more about the Levi's Stadium's network in this white paper and also watch a video here.)
So on Sunday night, whether you are at Levi's Stadium ordering nachos and beer to be delivered to your seat or at home on your couch with your chips and dip, take a moment to think about the New IP networking technology behind the big game --and how it's changed everything from the way enterprises build their IT, to the way they deliver their services, to customer expectations and experience and more.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP