UK data centre installs “sleeping pods” to combat Olympics congestion

13 April 2012 – When the Olympics circus comes to town, London is going to be quite the crowded, congested place. However, one data centre firm has come up with a novel solution to the problem of staff being unable to get to the office on time due to an extended commute.

In-office sleeping pods is the idea Interxion’s management has formulated. The pods are rather like those Tokyo hotels (as seen on Idiot Abroad and countless other TV programmes), although these ones are comparatively luxury affairs, with memory foam mattresses for one thing – along with laptop holders.

Interxion’s critical staff can therefore stay on site 24/7, ensuring their customers aren’t going to get in anything of a pickle due to road congestion, rail hold-ups and so forth.

Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director of Interxion, commented: “Due to the nature of our business we need to be ready for all eventualities and 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. The installation of the sleeping pods is another great example of Interxion putting resilience and uptime at the forefront of everything it does.”

Jon Gray, Director at Podtime, the company that manufactures the pods, said: “Everyone working in central London will feel the challenging side-effect of the Games, and the organisations they work for will face operational issues with employees being stuck in queues rather than being in the office. We see the sleeping pods as a good cheap solution for those ‘staff-critical’ companies which must have 24/7 cover for vital procedures.”

 

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