A version of this article was first written by Tim McCarthy and published on SearchStorage – TechTarget.

Every game day at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. is a white-knuckle stress test of the venue’s IT team and infrastructure. It’s one matchup the stadium’s technology teams are making easier with hybrid cloud storage vendor Qumulo.

The technology teams at Levi’s Stadium are moving portions of their storage into the cloud to reduce on-premises redundancy and free up space on their existing equipment without having to continually expand their data centers’ footprints.

Modernizing file storage with a hybrid cloud infrastructure

Levi’s Stadium selected Qumulo around six months ago for a hybrid cloud storage infrastructure, moving about 20% of the venue’s total storage into the cloud while streamlining on-prem file storage into a single namespace.

Jim Mercurio, executive vice president and general manager of Levi’s Stadium, said the cloud portion of the storage arrangement will archive and maintain security camera footage. He said he expects the venue to eventually use the cloud to archive 49ers footage, event highlights and other important media files.

“To maintain the history of your franchise is absolutely critical,” he said. “We’re already looking at what we’re going to do in phase two. … We know we’ve got that extra capacity now.”

Tackling storage needs to reduce data center redundancy

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Levi’s Stadium’s IT team suggested Qumulo as a potential storage vendor when the stadium had some downtime to assess storage needs and media control policies, Mercurio said.

“It’s been a very smooth transition,” he said. “[Sometimes] you make a transition and it’s painful, but Qumulo has been on top of it.”

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Tim McCarthy is a journalist and News Writer for TechTarget, where he covers cloud and data storage news.