COLOCATION SERVICES PROVIDER Interxion will install sleeping pods in its London datacentre to counteract the traffic congestion caused by the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Interxion site based in the heart of East London on Brick Lane will allow engineering staff to stay on-site 24/7 should congestion on the train and road networks become too severe. That's if the workers agree to spend time sleeping in a giant tube as opposed to getting home a little later to watch replays of the 100 metre hurdles.
"Due to the nature of our business we need to be ready for all eventualities", Interxion said. "While we are excited to have the Olympics in London we also need to be sure that we can continue to offer the highest level of resilience to our customers."
Director at Podtime Jon Gray said, "We see the sleeping pods as a good cheap solution for those 'staff-critical' companies which must have 24/7 cover for vital procedures... our pods offer comfort, privacy and security at a reasonable price."
Let's hope there are not too many claustrophobic engineers out there.
Earlier this year, the British government warned people to prepare for communications breakdowns during the Olympic Games due to increased numbers of visitors in the capital.
With increased traffic congestion and a possible breakdown of communications, perhaps Interxion's sleeping pods might be a good place to hide until the Olympics is all over. µ
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