Photos by San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Reuters, and Chris Preimesberger/eWEEK; captions by Chris Preimesberger
2SF Giants High-Tech Park – AT&T Park
An aerial view of the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park shows how it is situated right on San Francisco Bay, with boat dock access (lower right). The Giants powerful LAN — with about 150 access points — enables wireless Internet service to the entire vic
3SF Giants High-Tech Park – Barry Bonds
Giants outfielder Barry Bonds slides into second base in a recent spring training game. Bonds, only 22 homers behind all-time leader Henry Aaron (755), will try to set a new all-time record this season at age 43.
4SF Giants High-Tech Park – High-Definition Scoreboard
The Giants will unveil a new, high-definition scoreboard this weekend in the final pre-season series against the Oakland As — only the third such super-large video screen in public use in the United States. The scoreboard replay screen is 31.5×103 feet
5SF Giants High-Tech Park – High-Definition Scoreboard and Viewers
Giants Chief Operating Officer Larry Baer (left) and Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays watch as the new HD video screen is demonstrated to the press March 27.
6SF Giants High-Tech Park – Stadium Club
The author examines one of the 50 new Sony high-definition video screens installed during the off-season in the stadium club level so that patrons dont miss a thing if they leave their seats. The screens are all controlled from the main event data center
7SF Giants High-Tech Park – Luxury Suite
Luxury suites at the ballpark are all wired for Internet access, with numerous desktop computers available for guests who need to access their e-mail or do other business.
8SF Giants High-Tech Park – 8-inch Floppy Disc
Giants Senior Vice President and CIO Bill Schlough shows the antiquated 8-inch floppy storage disks that had a good long run in the Giants data center but are now officially retired.
9SF Giants High-Tech Park – Data Center
Giants Senior Vice President and CIO Bill Schlough (right) and network engineer Dave Woolley visit the central data center at AT&T Park. They stand next to the new rack of servers in which the club has invested to run the teams business operations.
10SF Giants High-Tech Park – Data Domain Server
Closeup of the Data Domain server, installed last fall, that handles the storage for about 2TB of video for the Giants. The team is able to easily transport any amount of digital video footage (for player development, scouting or promotional purposes) ver
11SF Giants High-Tech Park – Data Center and Network Engineer
Giants network engineer Dave Woolley at home in his domain — one of the Giants three on-site data centers. Even though AT&T Park was completed in 2000, it still wasnt designed with the best awareness for IT systems. The main business data center is to
12SF Giants High-Tech Park – Video Control Room
The Giants have a video control room that could be the envy of a small to midsize television station. This is part of the gametime IT nerve center of AT&T Park; theres always something being aired on the big new high-definition screen out in center field