Dell provides the hardware for 2014 Commonwealth Games glory

Published 06 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: dell, workstations, sports, athletics, commonwealth games, glasgow

Powering to victory: Dell supplied all the computer hardware for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Now the dust has finally settled on the rip-roaring success of Glasgow 2014, Dell will be awarding itself a medal for its services to providing hardware to support the entire event.

Away from poring over the design and manufacture of professional workstations for designers, it also provides end-to-end solutions for events such as the Commonwealth Games, and other sports such as aiding the Caterham F1 team.

So it was with great pleasure that DEVELOP3D had a wee journey ‘North of the Wall’ to check out some of the track and field events, and to see how Dell had kitted out the Technology Operations Centre (TOC) to monitor, operate and manage things using PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors, Dell EqualLogic and Dell PowerVault storage.

In the very hot TOC, with rows of personnel monitoring everything from the online security, to the scoring of the badminton, everything (over 123Gb of storage) relied on Dell’s hardware.

Across the entire Commonwealth Games site Dell hardware could be seen, from the media boxes; the trackside sports monitors, to the tablets available in three sites in the athletes village for use by the likes of Usain Bolt, Bradley Wiggins and ‘Face of the Games’, Scotland’s 800m runner Lynsey Sharp.

Tim Griffin, vice president and managing director of Dell UK, said: “Technology is often the unsung hero of the sporting world. Nearly everything, from coverage of the events and ticketing, to how athletes perform and results are reported, requires a high level of technology support.”

The event was an epic convergence of sportsmen and women from across the globe, but we couldn’t help but go away thinking of the hidden heroes of the TOC, and the efforts they’d put in.


Hydration is key to elite performance…

Quite clearly @swearstoomuch was a guest of Dell at the Games and had a jolly good time. But as with everything in life, it was educational and places no undue pressure on DEVELOP3D’s independent hardware reviews.

Primarily as they’re done by someone who attends Dells in-depth technical briefings, such as this peek behind the scenes of Dell’s technology labs.

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