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Post Beijing Olympics Reflections

Monique MorrowThe Beijing Games were perhaps the largest Olympic event in history!With over 201 countries, hosting 301 events and having 3.9 billion spectators watching from track side, from TV and via the Internet, the Beijing Olympic Games was indeed a multimedia showcase. The world experienced China’s 5000-year history, Chinese cultural splendor, contemporary spirits and mass participation.Let’s not forget the technology and networking required to deliver such images. The IOC’s network requirements was to:”Deliver a stable data network that would provide high resiliency and redundancy to eliminate the possibility of failure.” Birds Nest Further, the network was to carry all Olympic data, including event results, from multiple event venues to the Olympics primary data center, as well as to the international broadcasting center headquarters for all media outlets and commentators.Though not an official Olympic sponsor, Cisco was involved in the design and delivery of the core information network structure for the Beijing Olympic Games, the”Digital Olympics.” The core information network comprised fundamentally of the Administration Network, the Ticketing Network, and the Game Network. The entire media architecture involved numerous organizations.The excitement continues in Beijing! The city is now preparing for the 2008 Paralympic Games.“Cisco is not an Olympic sponsor nor a partner of an Olympic organization, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOCOG).”

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