IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM and the US Open: IT Serves Up Enhanced Tennis Tournament Coverage

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-09-09
 
 
 

IBM and the US Open: IT Serves Up Enhanced Tennis Tournament Coverage

by Darryl K. Taft

IBM and the US Open: IT Serves Up Enhanced Tennis Tournament Coverage

The Cloud at the Open

As the USTA welcomes attendees to the US Open, the cloud in the sky portends IBM's cloud strategy behind the event. A video of Walt Braeger, vice president of cloud computing and Global Technology Services at IBM, talking about the cloud can be found here on YouTube.

The Cloud at the Open

Serena Williams

A photo of former US Open winner Serena Williams hangs on the wall outside IBM's media operations at the US Open facility. Williams did not play in the open this year, but attended to root for her sister, Venus Williams.

Serena Williams

The Nerve Center

Kristina Kloberdanz, Worldwide Sponsorship Marketing manager, and (at left) Rick Singer, vice president of sports marketing at IBM, lead a tour of the operations center for IBM's US Open operations. A video of Kloberdanz and others taking you behind the courts at the US Open can be found on YouTube.

The Nerve Center

Scoring Network

A rack of systems serving as the scoring network in the IBM operations center for the US Open.

Scoring Network

Video Boards

This is an image of the systems that drive the outside video boards at the US Open.

Video Boards

Court Scheduling

Here are the systems powering the US Open court scheduling system.

Court Scheduling

Closed-circuit TV

IBM also drives the US Open's closed-circuit TV system from its nerve center.

Closed-circuit TV

Operations Staff

IBM staff manning the operations center at the US Open.

Operations Staff

Back Office

Here's a look at IBM's back-office operation at the US Open.

Back Office

Match Analysis

This is the system behind the US Open Match Analysis DVD.

Match Analysis

International Graphics

IBM's international graphics system at the US Open is on display.

International Graphics

What Does IBM Do at the US Open?

This diagram depicts just what IBM does for the US Open.

What Does IBM Do at the US Open?

Video Display and Intranet

The operations center houses the hubs for the US Open video display system and the venue's intranet.

Video Display and Intranet

Commentator Stats

IBM also maintains commentator statistics.

Commentator Stats

USOpen.org

In the on-site headquarters of the USOpen.org Website, John Kent, technical manager for Worldwide Sponsorship Marketing, discusses IBM's role in powering the USOpen.org site.

USOpen.org

USOpen.org Views

IBM's Kent shows the press corps different views of the USOpen.org site.

USOpen.org Views

USOpen.org staff

The USOpen.org staff is hard at work.

USOpen.org staff

US Open 2009 Stats

Here, a wall in the USOpen.org operations center displays stats on the 2009 US Open.

US Open 2009 Stats

Servers

A rack of IBM servers, housed behind closed doors, powers the USOpen.org site.

Servers

US Open on the iPad

IBM's John Kent displays the USOpen.org Website on an iPad. Here, tennis fans can see Maria Sharapova playing on one of the stadium's courts. IBM brought the US Open to the iPad for 2010.

US Open on the iPad

Display Board

Here is the official display board atop Arthur Ashe stadium.

Display Board

Maria Sharapova

Here is a view of the court from IBM's suite in the Arthur Ashe stadium. Maria Sharapova awaits a serve from Jarmila Groth.

Maria Sharapova

IBMs Cloud Man, Walt Braeger

Walt Braeger, vice president of cloud computing and Global Technology Services at IBM, poses inside the IBM suite at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

IBMs Cloud Man, Walt Braeger

How Fast Was that Serve?

IBM culls data from the radar guns that drive the display showing how fast each serve is delivered.

How Fast Was that Serve?

Go Rafa!

Men's No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal prepares to serve.

Go Rafa!

Scoreboard

Here is a view of the IBM-driven scoreboard above the IBM suite.

Scoreboard

Inside the Suite

You can watch the match outside or inside the suite on a monitor.

Inside the Suite

Catch All the Action

In its suite, IBM also tracks the action in the neighboring Louis Armstrong stadium in its suite at the US Open.

Catch All the Action

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