Data Centres Will Be Manned By Engineers Sleeping In These Pods During The Olympics

The Olympics is all about grand feats of athletic prowess and endurance demonstrated by its competitors. But for the folks behind the scenes, it's hardly a party -- and in fact, the team responsible for running the event's data centre will be sleeping in these tiny pods next to their computers the whole time.

The event's data is overseen by a company called Interxion, which clearly has quite demanding standards for its employees. Still, it should mean that when things go wrong -- and this is a data centre, it's definitely a case of when, not if -- its staff should be able to react pretty quickly. Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director of Interxion, explains:

"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 pods themselves were made by UK-based Podtime. They're modular -- designed to stack up on top of each other -- and were originally intended to be used for power naps in the workplace. They've recently been adapted, however, to be more comfortable for longer stays -- with TV, radio and computing facilities -- which is fortunate for the guys who are going to be living in them for a fortnight. [Data Center Knowledge]

Image: Interxion


    Publicity stunt much?

    Surely it would be a LOT better to simply employ enough people to monitor and be able to react to an incident 24/7? Even if these guys are sleeping next to the server, what are they going to do? They're asleep! It would be just as easy to sleep at home, nothing stopping you from logging in remotely to fix a problem.

      Because you can fix hardware faults through a remote connection right.
      Are you actually assuming they won't be woken up in the event of a fault, or do you honestly believe they'll just sleep through it and fix it in the morning?!

      ...Don't know if serious..

      But this sort of thing is fairly standard practice in 24/7 professions like ER, Paramedic depots, Firestations etc. Especially with 7pm-7am shifts where workers can be expected to be up and productive in 60 seconds.

      How are engineers going to do their job if they're at home in beds miles away from their work site? Again, we don't know the exact qualifications needed for monitoring the Olympics, and I'm sure there are plenty of security clearances involved that can't let them just hire anyone.

    This seems weird. Why not just hire more staff to work at night like any other 24 hour company??

    This doesn't seem like complete nonsense. These guys are no doubt the top blokes for the job, and have been involved in the planning and setup etc, so know the systems better than anyone. I've no doubt there will be other guys employed to cover all shifts, but I've seen similar things in construction with project managers etc, that need to be on hand whenever possible.

    Riiiiight... because we all do some of our best crisis remediation work in the middle of the night after a couple of hours of sleep...

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