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Olympics power drain too big a hurdle for Verizon

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In June, my colleague Ian Rhodes warned that “The Olympics will be a significant challenge for the UK infrastructure”. But it’s not just bandwidth that’s the problem. Concerns over power shortages during next year’s Olympic Games in London have caused Verizon Business to dismiss the capital as the site for its flagship data centre.

According to Computer Weekly, Verizon has chosen Amsterdam instead. Delegates at Verizon’s annual business conference were told, “London was full with the Olympics, with no power. And power is a big issue.”

We completely understand this view. One of the reasons that we chose Reading for the next generation energy-efficient data centre that we’re opening in January next year is precisely to overcome the problem of London’s susceptibility to risks such as terrorist threats and power outages – even without the Olympics. We wanted to provide reliable, secure and affordable hosting outside central London and the M25 ring.

And it seems we’ve struck a chord – with only 3 months until opening, 60% of the Reading data centre’s rackspace has already been allocated. If you’re interested in a more detailed briefing, do contact us.

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