The Olympic Park could become home to a massive data centre 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 data centre 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 said. "Data centres 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." "Each London borough has £500,000 to spend on datacentres, and the legacy of the Olympics will give us the opportunity to base the data centres here."