Record traffic on official Olympic web site

IBM delivered the technology to handle an unprecedented volume of Internet traffic during the Olympic Games that never once broke down.

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By  Barnaby Chesterman Published  October 7, 2000

IBM reached the climax of a 40-year association with the Olympic Movement by delivering record Internet traffic to the official Olympic web site.

Building and managing the technology infrastructure for the Sydney Games had been the “largest, most complex information technology challenge in the world,” according to Tom Furey, IBM general manager, worldwide Olympic technology.

But it was a challenge that IBM and all the technicians, volunteers and workers were equal to as the Olympics generated unprecedented interest. The official Games web site handled a staggering 11.3 billion hits, making it the most heavily trafficked site ever. More than 8.7 million unique visitors accounted for 230 million web page views from September 13 until the closing ceremony on October 1.

On the busiest single day, Tuesday 26 September, the web site coped with 874.5 million hits while the next day recorded the highest traffic level with 1.2 million hits per minute recorded at 3.19pm.

This unrelenting interest was only made possible by the outstanding reliability of the site, which was up and running an impressive 100% of the time. It was one of the most complicated e-business systems ever implemented and had more than 13 million lines of code written to handle 300 events in 39 venues.

“The Olympics have been an unmatched marketing platform for showcasing IBM technology on a global stage,” said Eli Primrose-Smith, vice president worldwide Olympic and sports sponsorships. “We have achieved our sponsorship goals, and it is fantastic to end on a high note with an impressive demonstration of IBM’s ability to manage the technology for the world’s most complex and greatest sporting event.”

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