Saturday, January 28, 2006

Mobile, virtualised Australian Open costs less for Tennis Australia

Great Technology Showcase at Australian Open
Numerous technologies making their debut at this year's Open:
  1. IBM back-end technologies including its Java application server
  2. 'push' content delivery engine
  3. on-demand computing
  4. Pocket AusOpen service, delivered through Optus' mobile network, provides a mobile-friendly content service with match details, player statistics and histories, and other relevant information.
  5. A live Internet radio feed has been added to the Web site
  6. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed pushes Open updates out to interested subscribers.
  7. PointTracker service provides online fans with a detailed view of the path the ball takes through each volley.
  8. GPS, which has been fitted to seven of the 84 vehicles used to move players and officials around Melbourne during the event.
  9. IBM reduced the cost of that on-demand service by using server virtualisation technologies to consolidate the 60 servers used last year, onto just nine new p5 550 Express servers. These servers, running multiple virtual machines based on the Linux and IBM AIX operating systems, are created and destroyed to match changing Web site demand that can run up to 113,000 concurrent users.

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