Solving Major Problems in The Minors

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Mike O’Dea and Bill Zurat will discuss how MLBAM used AWS, automation and other off-the-shelf technologies to deliver a product (Minor League Streaming) that customers would enjoy, and was consistent with how MLBAM delivered media in their MLB products.

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Mike O'Dea

Major League Baseball Advanced Media

Mike O’Dea is the Senior Director, Technical Operations on the Systems team at MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He bootstrapped the 24×7×365 Operations team responsible for monitoring & administration of MLBAM’s content delivery infrastructure. Mike joined MLBAM in 2011, having previously worked as a consultant in the mobile/social/advertising world and as GM/CTO of Upoc Networks, the first mobile community & cross-carrier messaging platform in the U.S. Prior to Upoc, he held Sr. UNIX System Administrator positions in the finance, digital advertising & ISP industries. When he is not in the Systems NOC at MLBAM’s Chelsea Market headquarters, Mike can be found tinkering with various HF/VHF radios (he is a licensed amateur operator), experimenting in the kitchen (he spent a year as an apprentice learning whole animal butchery, sausage making & charcuterie) or traveling the world with his family.

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William Zurat

Major League Baseball Advanced Media

Bill Zurat is the Director of Multimedia Infrastructure on the Systems team at MLBAM, the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball. He is responsible for building scalable, live/vod, backend video streaming architecture for every MLB game, targeting over 350 devices. He joined MLBAM in 2007, having previously been at WFMU, a freeform radio station based in Jersey City, NJ. For five years at WFMU, Bill was the Senior Systems Administrator (and a DJ) responsible for designing, building and supporting a live 24/7/365 audio streaming solution for their broadcast content and specialty DJ programs, while managing the digital archives for every show since 2001. Bill is a graduate of Fordham University where he studied English Literature and Philosophy while settling issues within a pragmatic empirical framework. An unapologetic record hoarder, Bill regularly can be found digging in the used bins at the few surviving dusty music stores or listening to one of his thousands of records.


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