The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games has laid the foundations for its IT infrastructure with the announcement of Dell and Microsoft as its two major technology partners.
Dell has been named the official hardware technology provider and will supply workstations, servers and storage technology, while Microsoft will be the official technology partner for software and IT services.
Despite the strategic worldwide alliance of Microsoft and Dell, both companies will be working independently of each other, said a Dell spokesperson.
"We anticipate that we'll work co-operatively with the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (MCG) organisers but our relationship with MCG is independent of Microsoft," Dell said.
However, Microsoft's Australian and New Zealand services director, Nigel Cadywould, sees it differently.
"Given our strong relationship and long history with Dell, we will be working closely with them during the games preparation," Cadywould said.
He added that aside from assisting in the development of the official Games Web site, Microsoft would be supplying server technology and would be responsible for the recording and collating of competition results.
Both companies join a growing list of high profile MCG partners such as Qantas, Telstra, National Australia Bank, Visa, Tabcorp and Toyota.