No other sporting event captures the world's imagination like the FIFA World Cup. So what does it take to design, build and operate an advanced, fault-tolerant IP network while the whole world watches? And how will local companies be contributing during this month-long extravaganza, both online and offline?
ZDNet Australia goes behind to scenes to find out how Australian companies are scoring goals on the world arena.
And finally -- although this has nothing to do with enterprise IT -- it would be a tragedy not to mention our sister site CNET.com.au's special World Cup coverage. It features all the latest home entertainment gear to get the most out of watching one of the greatest sporting events, from plasma and LCD TVs, to projectors, DVD recorders and surround sound systems.
Fourteen minutes into Argentina's first World Cup match on June 10, a header bounced off the goalpost and into the Ivory Coast keeper's hands -- and maybe all the way across the goal line. Was it a goal?
In this photo gallery, we take you behind the scenes at FIFA's IT centre and the World Cup broadcast centre in Germany.
During the 64 matches to be played in the 2006 World Cup, an estimated 3.2 million spectators will pass through the 12 stadiums to witness the action first-hand. From arrival to departure, the entire experience will be monitored, streamlined and enhanced by multiple systems from Siemens.
As the official online home of the Socceroos, Yahoo7's World Cup site will act as a 24-hour news source, discussion forum and multimedia archive for football-mad Australians hungry for a fix.
Doug Gardner, Avaya's FIFA World Cup Program managing director, on the company's preparations in Germany.
FIFA's networking partner said today it was expecting hackers to launch huge denial of service attacks against the World Cup football network as the first game of the long-awaited tournament in Germany draws closer.
Broadcaster SBS has beefed up the infrastructure behind its World Cup football Web site as Australia's participation for the first time since 1974 is expected to generate unprecedented levels of online traffic.
After a failed attempt to illegally access the FIFA World Cup IT network at the Korea and Japan games four years ago, more emphasis has been placed on intrusion detection processes.
World football governing body FIFA will have less than a month to install the entire IT network into all the stadiums for the World Cup tournament this European summer due to the late finish of the German football season.
How are you going to manage both your information technology team and corporate use of technology resources during the World Cup this month?