When something as massive as the Summer Olympics comes to town, you have to take some extra precautions to ensure your business stays up and running. That’s what Steve Ranger shared in a Tech Republic post today.
According to the article, “Olympic organisers have been urging firms to update their business continuity planning for months. While large companies have been running working from home trials, others have been looking at more innovative options for making sure their business doesn’t suffer.” In the case of datacenter company Interxion, they are “installing a number of sleeping ‘pods’ in its East London datacentre where engineers can sleep between shifts and overnight to avoid the danger of not being able to get to work due to traffic congestion during the Olympics.”
Sure, more and more of us have the opportunity to work from home. We all know the number of companies providing the flexibility to work from home is on the rise. Chalk that up to the increase in mobile capabilities, secure networks, and quite frankly a more decentralized workforce. But in the case of a data center, working remote is not a privilege afforded to employees whose sole responsibility is to keep the network traffic flowing, the data moving, and the applications running for hundreds or thousands of businesses and consumers.
It’s kind of ironic when you think of it. It’s not a spike or burst in digital network traffic that may cause an interruption in service, but the traditional “analog” traffic congestion that will without a doubt happen on the roads around London.
That raises the question, if you could (or maybe you already do) sleep at the office, would you? Or, is your home your office, so this is nothing new to you?