I am here in Paris this week for the French tennis open- Roland Garros, to demonstrated how self managing autonomic technologies can help the ever increasing IT demands of the grand slams. So, why is the French open called Roland Garros? Roland Garros (October 6, 1888 – October 5, 1918) was an early French aviator and a fighter aircraft pilot during World War I. In 1913 he gained fame for making the first nonstop flight across the Mediterranean Sea. In the 1920s, a tennis centre was named after the pilot, Stade de Roland Garros and today the stadium accommodates the French Open. Voila !
Roland Garros pioneered ways to make early planes better. Our goal with Roland Garros is not just to do it better but to do it differently, embracing fresh ideas to offer more function for the benefit of the players like venus williams (note the IBM radar serve speed of 158 top right) and the fans of tennis.
Sixty servers have been consolidated to nine p5 550 geographically dispersed servers with new POWER5 technology that are virtualised and used to handle the massive increase in web site visitors at tournament time.
IBM Tivoli Software provides extensive application and hardware platform monitoring for the entire Infrastructure. Real-Time Vital Statistics leverages IBM Tivoli Monitoring v6.1 and Tivoli Enterprise Console v3.9 that monitors the Flash scoreboards data feeds. The customizable Tivoli Enterprise Portal is used to create a console view and Tivoli Omegamon XE for Messaging v6.0 monitors the publish/subscribe server which provides data to the scoreboards.
We have created a robust infrastructure to support the peak demand of the two week tournament without the expense of a year round infrastructure including the following features: fewer servers (easier to administer) consolidated view of vital statistics gathered from multiple system sources, customized views to meet needs of individual roles (network, security, management, etc.), dynamic allocation of systems resources, with multiple operating environments and applications on the same physical hardware.
The benefits are impressive: Visits to the web site have grown by over 130% while the cost per/visit has been reduced by over 70%, Users have increased by over 100% while the cost/user has been reduced by over 70%, and the annual hosting costs have been reduced by over 35%.
IBM is the official IT partner to the world's premier tournaments - the Australian Open held in Melbourne in January, Wimbledon in the UK staged in June and July, the US Open in New York which happens in August, and the Roland Garros contest in France. My favorite French players this week? Grosjean and Mauresmo(but of course!) MY favorite website this week - rolandgarros.com