The NFL may have big stadiums, big players and big games, but when it comes to its IT operation, Nancy Galietti, the NFL's vice president of IT, does not use the word big. The NFL runs three data canters of about 2,000 sq ft each or server rooms as Galietti refers to them. The IT operation supports business functions, a growing film collection, statistics on players, and a looming foray into Big Data. The NFL corporate offices are based in New York, and Galietti was at a small get-together recently with some IBM executives to talk about projects to improve the efficiency of her IT operations.
The IT goal, Galietti said, is to keep operational cost flat to meet demand for new services. To accomplish that, the NFL has virtualized 95% of it servers and is using virtualization to expand capacity without having to expand hardware usage. Most of the cost savings will come through cost avoidance, by getting more out of the NFL's existing infrastructure, she said.