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Olympics Winners Include Networking, Telecom Firms

Besides athletes from countries large and small, networking and telecom firms also are bringing home gold and silver from the Summer Olympics now underway in Athens. While attendance at the events in Greece is down, there has been no dip in the need for the networking services needed to run the games and deliver results to officials and audiences worldwide.

Here is a rundown of some of the firms enjoying winnings from Olympic-related business:

Isilon Systems: Isilon is providing Sports Illustrated magazine with Isilon's clustered storage system as the repository for about one-half million digital photographs that SI expects to generate during the Olympic games. This is the first Olympics at which 100 percent of SI's photography will be digital and that all photography content will be processed digitally during the magazine and the SI web site production process.

IBM/E Team: IBM's Greek unit and crisis management software firm E Team, Los Angeles, have collaborated to provide core capabilities for a computer-based incident response and crisis management system at the Athens games.

AT&T: AT&T's network is the backbone of Olympic broadcasts back to the U.S. The carrier is using six network paths -- three satellite-based and three terrestrial"to ensure the widest and most reliable coverage. As an official Olympic sponsor, AT&T is providing athletes on U.S. teams with a range of services, including long distance, Web hosting, wireless voice and data services, PrePaid Calls long distance calls and video conferencing.

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