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Many records were broken at the Winter Games, but Microsoft can claim credit for helping to break at least one more: The largest-ever audience on an authenticated stream for any sporting event in history. More than 2.1 million people tuned in to watch NBC Sports Digital’s coverage of Team USA versus Canada in the semifinal hockey game, thanks in part to Microsoft’s public cloud platform - Windows Azure.
Like the elite athletes who competed, the Windows Azure cloud platform stepped up to deliver rapid and cost-effective development and operation of a dynamic, high-performance site at scale. During the 18 days of one of the biggest sporting events in the world Windows Azure provided information on the Games to more than 100 million fans and guests through sochi2014.com and delivered more than 6,000 hours of high-definition streaming from Windows Azure Media Services, to 5 broadcasters across 22 countries in 4 continents. This included 204 live streaming channels, more than 100 TB of storage and around 500 billion storage transactions. None of this would have been feasible without a globally distributed public cloud platform like Windows Azure.
In addition to Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics powered the IT infrastructure for the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and Microsoft’s Enterprise Services handled the design, development and support of the solutions.
To get more details on Microsoft’s contributions to the Winter Games, head over to The Official Microsoft Blog.
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Athima ChansanchaiMicrosoft News Center Staff