Australian Open 2013: tech running the tournament

Australian Open 2013: tech running the tournament

Summary: ZDNet goes behind to scenes to learn more about the tech that is used to support the Australian Open.

TOPICS: Australia, IBM

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  • (Credit: Spandas Lui/ZDNet)

    The Australian Open begins

    Every year, a torrent of tennis fans pours into Melbourne for the Australian Open. While they watch in awe as their favourite players perform minute-long rallies, they probably don't think much about the tech that is powering the whole event.

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    What lies beneath

    They also probably don't think about what is right underneath their feet — because there is actually a secret "bunker" underneath Rod Laver arena that's full of IBM gear and plastered with display monitors. From there, staff and statisticians collect and process data from the tournament.

  • Left to right: IBM sponsorship strategy lead Elizabeth O'Brien and Tennis Australia CIO Samir Mahir.(Credit: IBM)

    Playing doubles

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Tennis Australia and IBM. As a long-time technology sponsor, the vendor provides a number of IT services, including hosting the Australian Open website on a private cloud across three of its US datacentres.

    This year, IBM has introduced predictive cloud-provisioning technology for the Australian Open. By monitoring a number of factors, including social-media sentiment, IBM is able to predict when there will be a lot of traffic hammering the Australian Open website, and automatically scale the back-end cloud capacity to support that.

Topics: Australia, IBM

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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