Alibaba Cloud engineers conduct technology tests at the venue during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. (Photo courtesy of Alibaba Cloud)
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are becoming a benchmark in the development of cloud technology.
BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) — The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics have not only been a platform for athletes around the world to challenge themselves and embrace the Olympic spirit, but also a new benchmark of cloud technology, as all core systems of Beijing 2022 were operated on the cloud.
“Thanks to our partner Alibaba Cloud, this was the first time we hosted the Olympic Winter Games on the cloud,” said Ilario Corna, chief information officer of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in an interview. exclusive with Xinhua.
“Thanks to these innovations, we have been able to deliver faster, more efficient and more sustainable Games, and set a new bar for the Games.”
In 2018, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Alibaba Cloud launched OBS Cloud, an innovative cloud-based broadcast solution, which was first used at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, providing a total of 9,500 hours content distribution.
At Beijing 2022, over 6,000 hours of content were delivered live to broadcasters around the world via the OBS Cloud. “We were able to launch OBS Cloud, which is used by all broadcasters around the world to get content produced at the Winter Olympics,” Corna said.
Corna described the cloud service as “groundbreaking” as it has enabled many broadcasters and IOC partners to “set new content consumption records”.
“We are still considered a technology pioneer,” Corna said. “When we see what we could do in the cloud, we are very confident that it can help us move towards our digital transformation goals.”
IOC Chief Information Officer, Ilario Corna (photo courtesy of the IOC)
According to Corna, compared to traditional satellite transmission, cloud delivery is more innovative, sustainable and will leave a legacy to the world.
“Innovative, because we’ve really changed the way of doing things from what we used to do,” Corna said, referring to outdoor broadcast vans (OB vans) and server rooms. “So now that we’ve moved the systems to the cloud, it’s getting a lot more agile.”
“Sustainable, because cloud transmission has a much lower cost, and in line with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020+5 objective to reduce the cost of the Olympic Games, I think it actually supports our journey. towards improving sustainability.”
“Now, with the knowledge and experience that people have had in cloud and cybersecurity, we’ve created a legacy that we can carry on,” Corna added.
Along with the changes and benefits it brings to broadcasters, audiences will also have a whole new experience with the help of the Cloud.
“We want to bring data to the public,” Corna explained. “So that we can create a new fan base and eventually the younger generation to be introduced to different sports and really grow the sports community.” ■