HP's technology powers the data center that drives Cowboys Stadium, the state-of-the-art home of the vaunted Dallas Cowboys football team.
Texas -- Though the Dallas
Cowboys will not be playing in the Super Bowl this year, the team has a history
of winning. And with the help of Hewlett-Packard, that history is extending beyond the
football field and has permeated the landmark Dallas Cowboys' Stadium, where
this year's Super Bowl will be played.
is the system vendor of record providing the servers, storage, management
software and services that essentially run the house that Jerry built. Jerry is
Jerry Jones, the very hands-on owner of the Cowboys franchise.
it was Jones' hands-on, suffer-no-fools nature that prompted his IT staff to
select HP as its technology provider. Bill Haggard, director of enterprise
infrastructure for the Dallas Cowboys, said the Cowboys selected HP because
they needed an IT provider that could ensure scalability to support the biggest
events at the 82,000-seat venue, but also the day-to-day work of the Cowboys
and the Jones family's more than 35 other business operations.
HP won out there because "they had the hardware roadmap we wanted to see for
the next seven to 10 years," Haggard said. "They were looking at the same
chassis footprint over the next five to seven years and they had the
willingness to sit down and see what our technology vision was over that time
frame. They were more willing to share their thoughts and plans than some of
the others out there."
paid dividends in this case, because, as Haggard said, "You don't want to have
to go back to Jerry two years down the road and say what we have is old and no
would not be a good move at all, because like his friend George Steinbrenner
(now deceased), Jones does not long hold onto things that no longer work. Ask
Wade Phillips, who Jones replaced as head coach after a miserable start to the
2010 season. Ask Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, friends of Jones from as far
back as his football playing days at the University of Arkansas, but also
former Super Bowl-winning Cowboys coaches who had to go because their game plans
"no longer worked" for Jones (although Switzer officially resigned).
the HP technology is humming along in the Dallas Cowboys' data center and
keeping the massive, ultra-modern structure working at a super-efficient clip.
$1.2 billion-plus, 3.2-million-square-foot facility here is the largest domed
stadium in the National Football League. The centerpieces of the stadium are
the Mitsubishi-built video screens facing the sidelines, which are 70 feet tall
and 60 yards in length, spanning the field from one 20-yard line to the other.
The $40 million JumboTron or video board configuration has 30 million light
bulbs and 25,000 square feet of video displays. Meanwhile, two 48-foot wide
boards face fans sitting at both ends of the stadium, enhancing their game-day
team of 13 IT specialists run the entire Cowboys operation and support not only
the stadium and the club, but also the more than 35 other business entities the
Jones family owns and operates.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.