Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.

Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.


January 11, 2008 13:00 ET

Sun Microsystems of Canada Powers Up the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Sun Microsystems of Canada to supply computer network server and storage infrastructure for critical systems that will directly affect how the world will appreciate the 2010 Winter Games

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2008) -

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The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. to its Official Supplier category as the Computer Network Server Supplier to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"The Olympic Games run on information, and Sun servers will provide the platform to deliver it to the world," said Andy Canham, president, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. "Sun has a legacy of working with major sports leagues and events, including the National Hockey League, Canadian Football League and the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Now we will bring that expertise to Vancouver for the 2010 Games."

As a Tier III sponsor, Sun will supply the server and storage infrastructure and installation support for the critical applications used for the 2010 Winter Games:

- The Vancouver 2010 Information Diffusion System developed by Atos Origin compiles and distributes real-time data - such as scoring and timing results provided by Omega - weather and biographical information to athletes, officials, commentators, broadcast media and a global audience of billions. This information will run on energy efficient Sun Fire(TM) UltraSPARC(R) servers and StorageTek(TM) arrays powered by the Solaris(TM) 10 operating system.

- The Games Management Systems will be used by Vancouver 2010 to manage enterprise processes such as accreditation for all attendees as well as the Games calendar for athletes and officials. The Core Games Systems developed by Atos Origin runs on a series of Sun Fire x64 servers with Intel(R) and AMD Opteron(TM) processors, running Microsoft Windows(R) operating systems.

- The Business Systems that support VANOC in its daily operations as they build towards 2010 will run on Sun Fire x64 servers, providing the foundation for the ongoing management of the Organizing Committee.

"Staging Olympic and Paralympic Games is a hugely demanding and complex task that requires enormous technological capacity, reliability and certainty and we know that Sun is up to the challenge," said John Furlong, VANOC's Chief Executive Officer. "Sun also shares our commitment to delivering sustainable Games and their energy efficient technology will help us manage our impact on the environment and create lasting benefits for future generations. We are delighted to welcome Sun to the Vancouver 2010 family."

"Since I retired I've become more conscious of how much is happening behind the scenes at Olympic and Paralympic Games", said Canadian Olympian Nathalie Lambert, (Gold, short track speed skating Albertville 1992 and two Silver, Lillehammer 1994) and the newly appointed 2010 Winter Games Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team. "I realized how crucial it is, as an athlete, to be able to rely on amazing technology and the expertise of partners like Sun, so that when your turn comes to line up at the start of your race, you're able to focus on yourself, your performance and nothing else."

Today's announcement was made at a launch event in Markham, Ontario hosted by Sun Microsystems of Canada President Andy Canham and VANOC CEO John Furlong. The event also featured a presentation by Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Nathalie Lambert and an appearance by the Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi.

The company's four-year official supplier partnership with VANOC provides sponsorship rights for the Canadian Olympic teams participating at the 2010 Winter Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

About Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.

Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc., is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. The company, which employs more than 640 persons, has offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Victoria. Sun products and services are also available through Sun Authorized Independent Marketing Organizations and Sun(SM) Partner Advantage Program partners across Canada. For more information, visit

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, StorageTek, Solaris, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.


VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport. VANOC's Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada, Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada, and RONA.

VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint, and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Dow Canada, EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Nortel, TransCanada, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

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