Boston Red Sox

Hitting It Out of the Park With Reliable Colocation and Unparalleled Connectivity

The Problem

As one of the most recognizable names in modern professional sports, the Boston Red Sox needed to ensure their IT infrastructure could support the accelerating growth and success of the Olde Towne Team. The team ownership was investing in renovations to Fenway Park, committing resources to the on-field success of the team, and expanding into new business ventures and entertainment options for the ballpark. It was at this point that the Red Sox IT team realized they had outgrown their on-premise data center and needed a new solution – one that could grow with them. 

The Red Sox could see that it was no longer going to be cost-effective for them to operate an on-premise data center – not to mention that real estate at Fenway Park was becoming harder and harder to come by because of the renovations. The team soon decided it needed access to a multi-tenant data center facility – one that provided access to numerous connectivity options, included disaster recovery capabilities, and allotted for the future growth of the business.

“We required a more modern data center solution than the walls of Fenway Park afforded us,” said Brian Shield,  Vice President, IT for the Boston Red Sox. “We needed space to grow, local access to our equipment and a breadth of connectivity options – and to find a way to accomplish this cost-effectively.”

The combination of requirements soon led the Red Sox to turn to Markley Group, a premier provider of mission-critical data center facilities, networking and cloud computing services located in Boston, Mass. 


Brian Shield | Vice President, IT | Boston Red Sox

“I have utilized many other co-location facilities in my past roles, but none that compare with Markley.”