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June 1, 2012

French Open website deploys IBM’s private cloud

IBM's cloud technology will allow fans to access real-time data, scores, statistics and videos through the Web, smartphones and tablets

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has delivered a private cloud computing system and services for the 2012 Roland-Garros (French Open) tennis tournament as part of its technology partnership with event, which will allow the official website of the tournament to handle 100 times more traffic.

As part of the deal IBM will deploy geographically dispersed servers in three locations virtualised as one, which will enable to the website to scale up and down to meet the changing demands from fans.

IBM’s cloud technology will enable French Open website to meet the fans demand for real-time data, scores, statistics and videos accessible through the Web, smartphones and tablets such as the iPad.

It also will help the site deliver in-depth pre-match analysis and real-time updates of action on the court.

The company also provides the website with analytics capabilities via IBM SlamTracker technology, giving users detailed data about players and matches in real time.

SlamTracker brings scores, statistics and analysis to life for tennis fans by capturing, analysing and visually rendering a range of important match data in real time.

The advanced cloud computing capabilities and services will enable rapid creation and dynamic allocation of resources the tournament requires, while delivering transparent and real-time access to Internet, mobile, smartphones, tablets and television.

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IBM cloud allows increased flexibility and scalability of the Roland-Garros IT infrastructure via dynamic provisioning of resources based on the tournament’s needs, the company said.

Last year the website attracted 330 million page views in 2011, 37 million daily visits, up from 31 million visits in 2010.

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