There’s less than six weeks left before the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil for the XXXI Olympiad and, needless to say, things have been pretty busy around the FileCatalyst office. Once again, NBC Olympics has chosen FileCatalyst to support their digital file transfer needs during the Games.

Our support of NBC in Sochi was a whirlwind success for FileCatalyst, but also a tremendous learning experience. With one Olympiad under our belts, FileCatalyst considers ourselves to be hardened veterans –  we’ve already positioned ourselves as a leader in digital file transfer for major sporting events.

Here’s five things broadcasters need to know about digital file transfer for major events like the Olympic Games:

  1. Moving dynamic content isn’t easy
    It’s pretty easy to move static files – in fact we do it every single day for thousands of happy FileCatalyst customers. Moving files that are constantly growing and changing is a whole different challenge and one that we rose to meet during the Games in Sochi. We’re excited to employ all the tips and tricks we learned in 2014 to make our dynamic files transfer smoothly.
  2. Plan for the worst and hope for the best
    This was a favourite saying of one of my mangers when I first started out and it wasn’t until Sochi that I understood its true meaning. Going into the Sochi Games we were pretty optimistic – we’d planned and planned and planned for the best case scenario. We won’t fall into this trap again with Rio and have contingency plans for almost every worst case scenario we can think of.
  3. Scalability is key for large sporting events
    A solution can work well for a small volume of files with minimal concurrency.  However, when you expose a solution to the levels of concurrency needed at major sporting events – especially one like the Olympics – you can be assured that new and unfound software defects can and will emerge. See number two.
  4. Teamwork is the key to success
    During the Sochi Olympics, it was amazing to see everyone rally together to get the job done. Even when the stress was high, it really showed the true colors of everyone involved, from our ISV partners, the NBC production team, to our own staff.  The Olympic Games requires a level of dedication not only for the athletes that compete, but for all the people behind the scenes as well. After our success during Sochi, the FileCatalyst team is excited to employ our knowledge in Rio.
  5. Expect the unexpected
    The Olympic Games are the biggest sporting event in the world with over 10,500 athletes from 206 participating countries, hundreds of broadcasters, and millions of onlookers. No matter how prepared you think you are to broadcast the games, you aren’t. Again, see number two.

Are you ready for Rio?
Supporting NBC Olympics in Sochi was one of FileCatalyst’s crowning achievements to date and we’re thrilled to put our expertise to the test in Rio. We can help any sized broadcaster with their long or short term accelerated file transfer needs.

Our Rio Summer Games Package includes the following:

  • FileCatalyst Direct accelerated file transfer solution
  • Short term lease for duration of the Games
  • Unlimited distribution of FileCatalyst Direct client applications
  • Up to 1000 concurrent connections
  • Unlimited data transfers with no additional cost per GB
  • Maximized bandwidth from 5 to 10 Gbps
  • Mobile device uploads for reporters over 2G/3G/LTE
  • Remote editing using FileCatalyst and Avid