Olympian IT

By Deane Barker on July 7, 2003

Tackling an IT job of Olympic proportions: Right up there with the NMCI is the job of managing IT for the next Olympics.

“The job involves managing a network that unites everything from Unix servers to precision timing devices. After installing several redundant systems, he must guarantee 24/7 reliability and instantaneous performance on a tight budget. And just to make things even more interesting, all this must take place in a foreign capital with a sometimes shaky power grid. …

‘We’re putting together an architecture that’s quite big for a short period, but that’s how it works. We have around 10,000 desktops, 500 laptops, 400 Unix servers, plus another 450 Windows servers.’”