Date: 9th July 2012
The Olympic Park could become home to a massive data centre as part of a government consolidation project, which could save taxpayers millions by providing a shared service for all 33 London boroughs.
Geoff Connell, currently the joint head of ICT at the London boroughs of Newham and Havering, was appointed to lead the data centre consolidation project for London around two weeks ago. He explained to V3 in an exclusive interview that the Olympic Park was one location being considered for the project. The datacentre consolidation project is just one part of the government’s plan for 2020 is to create a more efficient [public sector] telecom infrastructure,” Connell said. “Data centres are one area that can easily be consolidated and we are looking at putting a shared datacentre in Newham. The Olympic Park is a great opportunity for this.” “Each London borough has £500,000 to spend on datacentres, and the legacy of the Olympics will give us the opportunity to base the data centres here.”
Keysource says: This would represent a great example of working together and true collaboration to achieve savings and business benefits. The opportunities for London boroughs to make the most of tight budgets, whilst driving down ongoing operational costs, is significant, so any consolidation of this scale could generate considerable savings.
Of course the issue of security will need to be considered, but even when factoring in back-up sites the potential benefits for a project of this scale could be staggering. Simply removing the inefficiency of legacy facilities by utilising the latest power and cooling solutions would achieve high levels of savings in terms of ongoing energy reduction.