Short-term datacentre deals offered to reduce Olympics disruption

By Stuart Sumner
20 Mar 2012 View Comments
London Olympics Stadium

A colocation provider is offering short-term hosting deals at its Hertfordshire datacentre to firms expecting disruption from the London Olympics this summer.

Vtesse is offering colocation services and office space on six-month contracts, expecting business from firms located within the 109 mile Olympic Route Network, or the smaller Paralympic Route Network.

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These transport networks are subject to strict access restrictions throughout the lead-up to and duration of the Games, presenting the capital's businesses with potential challenges when it comes to their communications infrastructure.

Businesses are expecting disruption as staff struggle to complete their usual commutes on public transport and road networks that will be congested by a large influx of tourists.

This disruption could extend to London's datacentres, as security and maintenance staff will suffer the same problems as the rest of the city's workforce.

Aidan Paul, CEO at Vtesse, claimed that it will be impossible to fix network outages affecting London's datacentres this summer.

"Businesses relying on datacentres located in or close to the Olympic and Paralympic ‘contagion zone' will be crossing their fingers this summer, as it simply will not be possible to repair any network outages in the area.

"Indeed, with vast crowds descending on the Capital, it will be hard enough to even get to a datacentre in the area," said Paul.

He added that the short-term contract offer had already sparked interest from firms concerned by business continuity during the Games.

"We've already received considerable interest from London-based businesses which simply can't let the Olympics risk the continuity of their datacentre operations."


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