IBM Roland-Garros 2012

Official Roland-Garros website

This year again, IBM is working with the French Tennis Federation to bring the state-of-the-art Roland-Garros 2012 website to life and make it more engaging and immersive every year. This interactive, media-rich online experience allows fans to listen to live radio, review highlights of the day’s play and follow the scores from every court as the action happens.

In 2011, the site attracted over 11.2 million unique users (21% more than in 2010) and more than 330 million page views during the 2 weeks of the French Open. More than 1,000 pages views by second on key points of the matches!

Among the new features in 2012:

Mobile solutions

With real-time scores, schedules, draws and player information all available on smartphones via the Roland-Garros mobile website (, fans can stay in touch with every Roland-Garros match while they’re on the go.

For the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Androïd, a Roland-Garros dedicated application (developed in collaboration between IBM and Orange) with scores and statistics from IBM takes the experience a step further. Loaded with everything you need to get the most out of the tournament, the application features:

Furthermore, the official website has been fine-tuned to offer an iPad-friendly browsing experience.

IBM court solutions

Scoring system
Vital scoring information is displayed thanks to IBM’s integrated end-to-end scoring system. This technology ensures that live results are available on site at Roland-Garros and around the world, as they happen.

Serve speed and radar
As players get faster, the IBM courtside radar gun is on hand to capture the exact speed of every serve and its direction. This information is immediately transmitted to the IBM scoring system and displayed courtside as well as on the official web site.

Match statistics
On the seven broadcast courts, statisticians record vital information on every match. This information is then sent in real time to the IBM Scoring System.

IBM at Roland-Garros: a Smarter Computing

Optimized systems
The hardware behind Roland-Garros includes new IBM servers with POWER7 technology (US), IBM System x3650 servers and an IBM Storage Area Network solution. This is supported by a range of software platforms including Tivoli Monitoring 6.2 with Tivoli Enterprise Console, Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus and Tivoli Composite Application Manager.

IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is responsible for the end-to-end web experience live from Roland-Garros. This starts with the technical design and implementation of and encompasses live scoring, content management systems and social network integration. The team also designs and develops the mobile site, and delivers the relevant scoring information for the iPhone application. IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) helps make this possible by hosting the server, application and networking infrastructure, and providing webmasters and system administrators.

Official Technology Partner of Roland-Garros for 27 years

The second the racquet hits the ball at Roland-Garros, IBM captures, manages, analyses, distributes and stores the data in the cloud—all before the next shot. As the Official Technology Partner of Roland-Garros for 27 years, IBM allows tennis fans, players and media to follow scores in real-time and provides statistics for a better understanding of the matches.

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