The Technology Operations Center in Vancouver is a 5,000-square-foot facility that Ward Chapin, CIO of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, \n\ncompares to a NASA command center, complete with big screens to monitor the events live and seats for about 130 people. \n \nSee related story: Olympic Effort: Tech Rehearsals Condition IT Operations for the 2010 Vancouver Games\n\n\n\nThe Games-time IT that is operated and managed from the Technology Operations Center is made up of 13 systems that work together to ensure \n\nsmooth operations, while protecting the information from internal and external threats. This infrastructure includes: 800 servers; 6,000 computers and \n\n4,000 printers. More than 100,000 hours were spent testing these systems prior to \n\nthe start of the Olympics.\n\n\nMore than 2,000 people represent the Vancouver technology team, hailing from 30-plus countries. These staff members include locally hired staff, \n\nlocal volunteers and overseas Olympic Games technology experts.\n\n\nIn the Integration Test (IT) Labs, staffers test critical information systems that support the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. \n\nHoused here are the facilities, application environments and IT infrastructure that support the testing process. The on-venue results system and other \n\nsupporting services such as information security and software distribution are all tested here prior to the Games to ensure the IT systems are functional \n\nand reliable.\n\n\nEach Olympic sport gets one dedicated IT Lab. Here, employees decorate the Ice Hockey cell with past Olympic Ice Hockey jerseys from \n\nparticipating nations.\n\n\nGames-time will require 15 different systems all working together to provide a seamless experience for 3,000 athletes, 25,000 volunteers and \n\n10,000 accredited media. During the test event, Atos Origin, the Worldwide \n\nInformation Technology Partner for the Olympic Games, tested all the components of the Core Games Management System, which is designed to \n\nmanage the day-to-day operations; and the Information Diffusion System, which pushes out games results to users around the world.\n\n\nThe Women's Ice Hockey event\u2014the last one to be tested before the launch of the 2010 Olympics\u2014let the IT team test the systems \n\nin a live environment with real users. Results of the competition were relayed in 0.3 seconds to 72 media outlets\u2014which is what will be expected \n\nwhen the Games commence.