IBM Powers French Open Website

IBM technology practically puts fans on the clay court at Roland Garros Stadium.

The French Open has been full or surprises so far this year. In one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, top-seed and four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal, master of the clay court, was knocked out by unheralded 23-seed Robin Soderling of Sweden.

Meanwhile, second-seeded Roger Federer, Nadal’s archrival, had to rally from two sets down to defeat Tommy Haas of Germany. And Novak Djokovic of Serbia, picked by many to be a French Open finalist this year, was also eliminated.

On the women’s side, #1 seed Dinara Safina and #2 seed Serena Williams have battled to stay alive, while Serena’s sister, third-seeded Venus Williams, was upset by unseeded Czech Lucie Safarova

If you’re having trouble following the action from  Roland Garros Stadium, simply visit the official French Open website. IBM consolidated 60 servers that once powered to website to six Power 550 Express servers using POWER6 processors and PowerVM virtualization technology.

Information generated through technologies such as intelligent sensors on the court that calculate the speed of a players server — coupled with real-time data analytics — gives tennis fans the chance to track matches and their favorites.

As part of the dynamic infrastructure, a new feature called Visual Match helps fans follow matches as they happen. Positioning the mouse on the ball shows viewers the speed of serves as they happen, as well as the score of a match or a fault at the precise moment it occurs.

It’s almost as good as being in Paris.

C’est magnifique.

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