The London Olympics is fast approaching, and the city is already starting to show signs of strain where power is concerned. Much of London has already been subject to power shortages as a result of the Olympic build-up, and energy costs inside the M25 are now up to 30 percent higher than the rest of the country.
Naturally, many large, London-based data centre providers have expressed their concern about the rising costs associated with running a data centre in the city. Perhaps more worrying is the potential for short-term power outages during the Olympics, as any down-time could be extremely damaging to a providers reputation and could even jeopardise the accessibility of their clients data.
An additional concern for businesses who use data centres located in the Capital, is the inevitable issue of physical access: with huge crowds descending upon central London and surrounding areas, traffic and public transport are due to be at an all time high. At peak times, these crowds could seriously restrict access to data centres, especially those located close to the Olympic Village. A lack of physical access could also present big problems if engineers are unable to reach data centres when theyre in need of maintenance or repair.