The Olympic Park could become home to a massive datacentre as part of a government consolidation project, which could save taxpayers millions by providing a shared service for all 33 London boroughs.
Geoff Connell, currently the joint head of ICT at the London boroughs of Newham and Havering, was appointed to lead the datacentre consolidation project for London around two weeks ago.
He explained to V3 in an exclusive interview that the Olympic Park was one location being considered for the project.
"The datacentre consolidation project is just one part of the government's plan for 2020 is to create a more efficient [public sector] telecom infrastructure," Connell told V3.
"Datacentres are one area that can easily be consolidated and we are looking at putting a shared datacentre in Newham. The Olympic Park is a great opportunity for this."
Connell said the Olympic Park had several benefits that made it a strong location for the project.
"The Olympic Park telecoms infrastructure provides the same bandwidth as that which supports the whole city of Manchester so what we don't want to do is take it all away after the event," he said.
"Each London borough has £500,000 to spend on datacentres, and the legacy of the Olympics will give us the opportunity to base the datacentres here."
The boroughs based in East London have already agreed to establish a shared datacentre arrangement within the next two years, and this part of the consolidation initiative is currently being led by the London Borough of Redbridge, Connell said.
Meanwhile Connell is working to secure a larger datacentre agreement with as many of the other London boroughs as possible. Some other boroughs, including Camden, have already displayed interest in the plans, said Connell.
"How many other London boroughs will be on board remains to be seen, but there is considerable interest," Connell added. "How much we can save depends on how much we are prepared to share."
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