Lenovo set for final test of IT systems for 2008 Olympics

Technology rehearsal will include more than 300 engineers testing how some 30,000 different pieces of hardware are working together

With the 2008 Olympic Games only a few months away, Lenovo Group is gearing up for a three-day trial of the hardware infrastructure it's set up in Beijing for the events.

The technology rehearsal — the second this year — will include more than 300 Lenovo engineers testing how some 30,000 different pieces of hardware are working together. Running from June 10 - 12, the test also will gauge how well the technicians can deal with whatever problems pop up.

This will be the final test of the hardware before the 17-day Olympic Games kick off on August 8.

"It's a matter of making sure the equipment and the people are integrated with the whole Olympic team and are working well with other partners," said Bob Page, a spokesman for Lenovo.

As the exclusive computer equipment provider, Lenovo is supplying the games with 24,000 ThinkCentre M55e desktop PCs; 800 ThinkPad T60 laptops; and 2,000 desktop printers. The company also is supplying 700 servers, including the Lenovo SureServer R520, the SureServer T350 and the SureServer R630.

A total of 580 engineers are being trained to begin work on the network in July. They will stay on the job through the end of the Olympics, on August 24.

The June rehearsal will simulate three of the busiest days of the games, according to Lenovo. The test is designed to force technicians to practice managing a wide range of potential problems and situations, such as missing equipment, slashed cables, security breaches and power outages.

The company noted that nearly 95 percent of Lenovo's installed computing equipment will be deployed over the three-day rehearsal.

For the actual games, the equipment is being set up to handle 302 competitive events that will be held over the course of the 17 days. The equipment in competition venues is expected to be run from 6 a.m. to midnight and machines in non-competitive areas are expected to run 24 hours a day.

Atos Origin, an IT services company based in France, is on board to handle system integration, while Samsung is providing wireless communication equipment.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sharon Gaudin

Computerworld

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?