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NBC, Sun Microsystems Also Set Some Olympic Records

Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt weren't the only superstars at the Beijing Olympics who set some eye-popping records over in Beijing. The Station just saw some numbers from NBC and Sun Microsystems, which will soon release the results of the Web metrics that show how the site served as a significant supplement to television. served up an unprecedented 1.3 billion pages and 72 million video streams.

--NBC more than doubled the combined traffic to its site, compared with the 2004 Athens Games and 2006 Turin Games.

--Content was streamed -- using Sun's Java technology -- to more than 6 million cell phones, a trend virtually nonexistent four years ago.

--Sports fans received more than 10 million hours of online coverage.

The site is supported by 160 Intel Xeon processor-based x64 Sun Fire X4450 and Sun Fire X4150 servers. In the lead-up to and during the games, Sun Services provided installation, engineering expertise and support to

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...