As England Rugby head into the weekend with the Six Nations title already under their belts and back-to-back Grand Slams within their grasp, one of our very own South West-produced Jack Nowell will hoping his name appears on the team sheet.
The Exeter Chiefs winger has already contributed two tries to England’s cause during this campaign and will no doubt be hoping for more against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.
To become an England player, you must be a standout club player. To become a club player, you must work your way through the ranks at your local club or school team in the hope of being noticed by a scout.
To achieve this journey, you need the perfect blend of the right work ethic, genetics, raw talent…and data.
The importance of data
Yes, data plays a massive role in making a player stand out for all the right reasons. As our interview with Jack reveals, being able to access video clips and associated statistics on your opposite man and entire opposition team is a vital part of a professional player’s week to ascertain their habits and style of play so you can adjust your habits accordingly to gain that all-important competitive edge.
Similarly, reviewing data on your own performance – for example, tackle count, carries, metres made, etc. – can reveal areas that need to be worked on. This part of a player’s preparation for a game is every bit as important as the weights sessions and team runs.
Aside from the man-power that goes into clipping up the videos for the players to view, this is a weighty concern in terms of the storage required for all this data.
As Exeter Chiefs’ main sponsor, we not only support them financially but in all sorts of ways that are never seen by their supporters. We ensure all their data is securely stored off site and that the coaching staff and players can access it whenever they need to via leased line connectivity between our two sites.
Off-site comms room
Essentially, the Exeter Chiefs’ comms room is located off site in our data centre. Our engineers ensure their servers are maintained in ideal environmental conditions and are always available for the club’s use via the private, resilient connection between our data centre and Chiefs’ ground Sandy Park.
We provide similar services to other companies. They may not be trying to produce elite level rugby players, but their data availability is critical to them all the same. The aim is to take the away the risk of storing data on site and to alleviate the workload of IT staff so they can work on more profitable tasks.
In the rugby world, Jack Nowell would undoubtedly be classed as a profitable task! But even if you’re not in the business of rugby, we can still provide you with our hosting and data services to benefit your everyday needs and to support you development and growth plans.