Novell Solutions Power Asia's Largest Sports Event

January 18, 2011

Guangzhou Asian Games selects SUSE Linux Enterprise, PlateSpin and ZENworks solutions from Novell to deliver enhanced efficiency and service


Novell today announced the 16th Asian Games chose the company’s Linux and enterprise management technologies to implement an efficient and flexible data center and software distribution management system to support their premier event. With 45 nations, 476 events in 42 sports and more than 9,500 competing athletes, the Asian Games is one of the largest sports events in the world. The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) utilized SUSE Linux Enterprise, SUSE Manager and Novell ZENworks Configuration Management to enable uniform deployment, provide effective management of all terminal devices, and ensure a smooth and successful event.

“We are honored to have been selected by such an important sports event, something which we believe proves our strength in the intelligent workload management market,” said Dr. Sen Ming Chang, managing director of Novell East Asia. “The three solutions we provided represent the advantages of Novell products--openness, multi-platform support, automation, reliability and safety. We were able to leverage these advantages to maximize our contribution to the Games.”

With 53 competition venues and 17 training venues, including four outside of Guangzhou, hosting the Asian Games was highly complicated, requiring the information systems to coordinate numerous tasks. To achieve effective IT device testing, software deployment/upgrade and emergency response, an effective data center and software distribution mechanism was necessary to ensure the stable operation of the Games’ information systems and to enhance service quality and IT efficiency.

Based on the Asian Games’ requirements for software distribution among competition venues, the Information Technology Department of the Organizing Committee adopted SUSE Linux Enterprise, Cloud Manager and ZENworks Configuration Management. With these three Novell solutions, GAGOC was able to automatically implement, deploy and manage a scalable, multi-platform, distributed IT system that minimized risk and reduced on-site maintenance workloads and personnel costs. After the event, the Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee presented Novell with a certificate of commendation in recognition of its contributions to the success of the Asian Games.

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