Level 3 Picked by MLB.com to Provide High Speed IP and Support its Media Archive
June 30, 2010
(WORLD CUP TECHNOLOGY)
Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), Inc. announced that it has been selected by MLB.com to deliver high-speed IP and collocation for supporting its network, media archive and also to provide live and on-demand streaming capabilities. MLB.cm is the official Web site of Major League Baseball.
According to company sources the new services are an expansion of Level 3’s relationship with MLB.com. Level 3 has already delivered Vyvx video backhaul services for MLB.com to enable live-game streaming.
The multi-year agreement between Level 3 and MLB.com includes services like high speed IP. This service is designed to seamlessly provide MLB.com with Internet access via two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports at Level 3’s edge servers.
The collocation suite from Level 3 includes a secure hosting service for MLB.com’s network infrastructure and media library. This gives organizations direct access to Level 3’s international network.
Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets for Level 3 said, “As a leader in providing live interactive sports content, MLB.com has considerable bandwidth and access needs. The reach of the Level 3 network and the reliability of our collocation facilities meant we were able to provide a scalable solution that met their current demand while ensuring flexibility to meet increased demand in the future.”
Joe Choti, chief technology officer of MLB.com explained that this implementation was an extraordinarily complex undertaking, and that MLB.com was impressed with Level 3’s flexible, consultative approach.
“Level 3 rose to the challenges surrounding this project to quickly and efficiently deliver solutions for a mission-critical application that will help MLB.com provide the expansive Web and interactive content our fans want,” Choti added.
Level 3 Communications, Inc. provides fiber-based communications services. Company sources added that enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services as it encompasses scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice services.
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Edited by Marisa Torrieri