Sun Microsystems To Provide Technology Platform For NBC’s Online Coverage Of The Beijing Olympic Games
High-Performance Platform To Enable Live Events Streamed Online To NBCOlympics.com During Coverage Of The Beijing Olympics, August 8-24, 2008
NEW YORK July 2008 Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) has been selected to provide the technology platform to NBC Universal for its Olympic web site, NBCOlympics.com, during the network’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics from Beijing, China, August 8-24. The announcement was made today by Perkins Miller, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, NBC Sports and Olympics and Peter Ryan executive vice-president, Global Sales and Services, Sun Microsystems.
Powered by Sun’s high-performance, eco-efficient systems, NBC’s online coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing will set a new standard in delivering digital content to viewers with live streaming of events, video archives of completed events, blogs, live chat, athlete profiles and many other unique features. Olympic fans will have access to approximately 2,200 total hours of live streaming Olympic broadband video coverage of 25 different sports on the site.
“Sun has architected a powerful, energy efficient platform for NBCOlympics.com that will rapidly scale for hundreds of millions of sports fans who look to the Internet for the latest events and results,” said Peter Ryan, executive vice-president, Global Sales and Services, Sun Microsystems.
Miller said: “In 2008, NBCOlympics.com is redefining the Olympic experience and Sun Microsystems has been an important partner in that effort. We have recognized the growing online viewership for the Olympics and have worked with Sun to create a powerful and feature-rich Web experience for NBCOlympics.com.”
The NBCOlympics.com site is supported by 160 Sun Fire X4450 and Sun Fire X4150 servers. These Intel Xeon processor-based x64 servers combine world-class performance, high compute density and storage with compact footprints and leading energy efficiency. In the lead-up to and during the games, Sun Services will provide installation, engineering expertise and support to NBCOlympics.com.
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