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Archive for July 31st, 2012

Putting the Olympics in the cloud?


With the size and scale of the Olympics, and all the security concerns that accompany it, it can become a logistical nightmare. The Opening Ceremonies alone, while only taking three hours for the actual ceremony, requires careful planning to transport 10 000 athletes to and from the event. And staging meals for 10 000 athletes who, if Michael Phelps’ diet is any indication, can pack away a lot of food? Not an easy feat. Many cloud enthusiasts are wondering if the Olympics could benefit from a cloud content management system to assist with efficiency. Gerry Pennell, CIO of the London Organization Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games says yes, just not yet.

At a press conference last week, Pennell said that although cloud computing could be employed in the future, “it was certainly not possible in the three and a half years we had in the interval between 2008 and 2012.”

“Economically, and in the longer term, it would make a lot of sense for the Olympics to be done on a cloud infrastructure basis, because it’s a very peaky operation, so you would be able to call off some resources and use them for a short amount of time,” says Pennell.

Certain IT capabilities are essential to the running of the Olympics, one being a centralized data bank of athletes and their statistics for use by press agencies all over the world. A cloud content management like WebPal would be ideal for sorting through the mounds of data required and hopefully Olympic committees take this route in the future.

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