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In Sochi, the Olympics-size job of running Olympics IT infrastructure

With several Olympics under its belt, Atos is supporting one of the largest IT infrastructures in sports history. If it succeeds, it's an unheralded hero. If it fails, it gets crucified.

By Feb. 6, 2014


Winter Olympics tech on track

A year before the 2010 Winter Olympics are set to start in Vancouver, the technological backbone is nearly ready.

By Feb. 14, 2009


Police set up Olympics e-crime teams

Two teams in London will deal with crimes such as attempted hacks on computer systems and fraudulent ticketing Web sites.

By Jan. 27, 2010


2012 London Olympic computer system warms up

When the torch is lit to signal the start of the 2012 London Olympics, 900 servers, 1,000 network devices, and 9,500 computers will be working overtime. They are being extensively tested first.

By Jan. 20, 2011


Olympics and tech: 'No room to fail' (Q&A)

The Winter Games in Vancouver, which kick off Friday, rely on thousands of servers and PCs to manage everything from scores to travel plans. Magnus Alvarsson has to make sure everything is working.

By Feb. 8, 2010


Au revoir, e-mail! And this from an IT boss

Thierry Breton, chief executive of IT services company Atos SA, refuses to e-mail, which, he says, cannot replace the spoken word. The bon mot, it seems, is best delivered in person.

By Nov. 30, 2011


London Olympic computer system warms up for 2012 Games

Testing has begun on the computers that will keep the 2012 London Olympics running, jumping, diving and trampolining.

By Jan. 20, 2011


The Olympics run on Windows (XP)

The many Acer computers that dot the Olympic venues are running Windows, but it's the venerable Windows XP rather than one of Microsoft's newer operating systems.

By Feb. 25, 2010


British tax site goes dark after data security breach

USB thumb drive with passwords turns up in pub parking lot, prompting government site to shut down to protect sensitive data of 12 million English citizens.

By Nov. 3, 2008


Inside the Olympics' 'mission control'

While problems and controversy have found the games elsewhere, it's been smooth sailing inside the main technology center.

By Feb. 18, 2010