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Data Center Staff Will Sleep Among the Racks For London Olympics

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the best-room-in-the-house dept.

IT 210

1sockchuck writes "Staff at Interxion's London data center are ready to hunker down during the Olympic Games this summer, nestled in snug sleeping pods adjacent to the racks. The arrangement will ensure that the facility will be fully-staffed if London's transit system is taxed by the huge crowds expected for the Games. While staff in many industries might object to a plan that expects them to sleep in their office, data center firms have a primary calling of keeping their facilities operational at all times. Is this too much readiness, or just enough?"

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210 comments

Oh, that's bullshit! (4, Funny)

crazyjj (2598719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657125)

IT people don't sleep.

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (4, Funny)

beh (4759) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657245)

Sorry, is this company _asking_ people to be "asleep at the job"?

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (3, Insightful)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657469)

Sorry, is this company _asking_ people to be "asleep at the job"?

No, they're merely resting their eyes during the hours that they are likely not being paid overtime for, that's all.

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658215)

Just be glad if they're not charged rent...

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658077)

Sorry, is this company _asking_ people to be "asleep at the job"?

More like they are asking people to work in their sleep.

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (5, Funny)

Victor_0x53h (1164907) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657307)

...just weep silently in their sleeping pods all night.

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (2)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657781)

...just weep silently in their sleeping pods all night.

Looks a bit like a multi-tiered crematorium to me...

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (3, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657961)

You didn't get the memo? IT people are machines. Typically they're good for between the ages of 21 through 40. You then expend them like a used husk. It's not an issue. There are endless supplies of smart, educated, born and raised on technology people to choose from. Only the elite will last longer without sleep. See, that's the resume' deciding factor there. ARE YOU MACHINE ENOUGH!? Well, are ya?

Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (1)

shugah (881805) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657991)

What's worse is that many of us don't shower.

Depends on pay (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657137)

Are they getting paid to be on duty 24/7?

Re:Depends on pay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657183)

No. They're the ones paying thanks to AirBNB!

Re:Depends on pay (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657217)

Yes. In the US we call it being salaried.

Re:Depends on pay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657251)

Employment law is ever so slightly different in the EU.

Re:Depends on pay (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657409)

Employment law is ever so slightly different in the EU.

True that. In the US, you are expected to sleep under your desk. Non of this 'pod' nonsense.

Re:Depends on pay (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657845)

True that. In the US, you are expected to sleep under your desk. Non of this 'pod' nonsense.

You call your desk what you want, I'll call my task and entertainment center what I want.

Re:Depends on pay (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657265)

"Readiness" is just a cover story that they've told management; really it's going to be a month-long LAN party.

Re:Depends on pay (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657531)

Are they getting paid to be on duty 24/7?

Show me a data center admin that's not "on call" 24/7 and I'll show you a data center with a nightly power-down procedure.

Being paid is another matter entirely.

Re:Depends on pay (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657683)

Or you work at an organization the treat people like human beings and staff accordingly.

Re:Depends on pay (1)

SkimTony (245337) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657689)

I'm lucky; I'm only on-call one week out of 7(ish). I have to wonder if all the staff will be on hand, or just the "on-call" folks.

WHAT?!? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657145)

WHAT DID YOU SAY?!? I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER ALL THIS FAN NOISE!

(Hey Filter, learn to take a joke. I'm trying to act like I'm YELLING.)

Sounds kind of fun, actually. (5, Insightful)

Hero Zzyzzx (525153) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657149)

As long as it's voluntary, compensated and not a long-term thing it can be enjoyable to "batten down the hatches" for an expected surge in demand.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (5, Insightful)

ElScorcho (115780) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657573)

Yeah, if they are the types who actually enjoy their jobs and get along with their coworkers this could be a lot of fun. It might get old towards the end, but I personally wouldn't have a problem with it. If nothing else you'd be much closer as a group after something like that, plus I bet they'll all have fun stories to tell when it's over. Not to mention that if they have a decent employer who knows what they're asking for there'll probably be free food for that time.

The only point of friction might be optimal sleeping spots. No one wants to sleep in the hot aisle, and you'd probably need earplugs.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657735)

I'll take proper pay and buy my own food, thanks.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657897)

As a programmer, whenever we end up having to work late the company ends up paying for our dinner. It's a nice compromise since I don't get overtime pay (salaried) and it doesn't happen all that often to be annoying.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (2)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657921)

I'll take proper pay and buy my own food, thanks.

They could have spent money on load testing and/or extra redundancy before hand to reduce the risk of issues. There are some things that can't be solved by throwing money at it, and this isn't one of them. It just so happened that taking advantage of IT staff was the cheapest solution. Sadly, it usually is.

The first solution would of had long lasting positive implications. What are they going to do during the next big event or even a crisis?... call in more IT staff again?

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39658043)

The Olympics is on a far different scale than just about any other event on Earth, though...

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657723)

Any work request made to an employee who doesn't have any force behind them is never truly voluntary.

People will remember you aren't a "team player". Of course those same people get to go home at night.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657841)

Pretty much this.

Only way I'd volunteer though, would be if Management stayed the hell away for the duration, and porn and pizza were allowed in the NOC.

I'm there to keep it all from cratering, not listen to Management hover and ask why traffic on node 3b is 60% above the rest of the system.

Re:Sounds kind of fun, actually. (1)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658163)

You also need to have enough facilities (showers, rest rooms, kitchen, fridge space) and it needs to be safe, considering that there might be more than the usual number of people in the building.

Sure, it's reasonable (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657165)

If....

a) It's for a short time (check)
b) It's critical (check)
c) There's enough people on-staff to rotate who's doing this (not sure)
d) There's substantial reward/overtime/extra PTO/something for doing something like this (not sure)

So, it's 50% reasonable, maybe completely reasonable IN THIS CASE.

Re:Sure, it's reasonable (2)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658065)

Sorry, the established threshold is clearly 60%. Every time.

Sleep among the racks (5, Funny)

necro81 (917438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657169)

Well, that makes perfect sense! Do you know what a flat in London goes for these days? Twice that if you want climate control! I am thrilled to hear that the datacenter company cares so much about the well being of its employees.

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

Captain Hook (923766) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657315)

It's London, how much climate control is actually needed?

Re:Sleep among the racks (3, Funny)

hlavac (914630) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657543)

It's London, how much climate control is actually needed?

An umbrella?

Re:Sleep among the racks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657341)

you forgot to end with

Re:Sleep among the racks (4, Interesting)

who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657475)

I was just looking at a job out in London, until i compared the cost of living to where I'm am here in the US, the price of a one bedroom flat in London was 3X what I would pay here for a 1200 sq ft 3 bedroom apartment.

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657579)

Where in the US do you live, and what's the x amount for a 1200 sq ft 3 bedroom apartment in NYC?

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

Zcar (756484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657681)

What part of NYC? A lot of difference between the Village, the Upper East and West Sides, Washington Heights, different parts of Brooklyn, etc.

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657869)

The same can be said about London, which I think was his point...

Re:Sleep among the racks (3, Informative)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657881)

What part of NYC? A lot of difference between the Village, the Upper East and West Sides, Washington Heights, different parts of Brooklyn, etc.

Then just give a few representative prices.

A 3 bedroom 1200 ft^2 apartment in San Francisco is way out of my price range. You can get a decent 2 bedroom 900 ft^2 apartment for $2200 - $2700/month.

If you want a luxury apartment in a new building, then you can spend $3000 - $5000 (or more)

Re:Sleep among the racks (4, Interesting)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657501)

And it gives the staff the opportunity to rent out their flat for a rather nice bonus. Game on (or perhaps games on).

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

krept (697623) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657759)

I hope they bring blankets!

Re:Sleep among the racks (1)

fleeped (1945926) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658053)

Laughable as it sounds, a datacenter worker can let his place for quite a bit of £££ during that period (basement dwellers need to ask mom first)

Depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657189)

Is this too much readiness, or just enough?"

Depends. If the data center compensates their staff accordingly and they have agreed that this is how well staffed they should be for events like this then it is pretty cool.
More likely it's slightly too much readiness compared to compensation.

Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (2)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657195)

I mean come on. We keep our data center staffed 24x7 and do not need anyone sleeping there to do it. This is called simply not paying for what they need. If they need 24x7 support, they simply need 3 shifts of workers.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657237)

From description...it sounds like the London transportation system may be overwhelmed and they simply may not be able to get replacement staff in the center in a timely manner.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657483)

Exactly right. The reason for this is that the staff can have extended stays onsite because the public transport system (which most of their employees use to get to and from work) will be congested with all the visitors for the Olympics causing the next shift not to be able to get in on time to relieve the previous shift. Inversely, the delays in the public transport system would cause employees to take forever to get home.

I think it's nice for the company to be thoughtful enough to the employees to provide something like this if they chose to utilize it, instead of simply saying, "Olympics be damned, if you don't show up on time, look for another job!".

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657971)

From description...it sounds like the London transportation system may be overwhelmed and they simply may not be able to get replacement staff in the center in a timely manner.

If these guys are "soooo" important then maybe they should get the appropriate "rock star" treatment.

I say fly them in by helicopter!

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657269)

if the entire idea is to be prepared for difficulty with mass-transit, then they have screwed up. I was in atlanta for the olympics when everyone panicked over transportation, and there were no problems, and Atlanta is a city that has all kinds of traffic problems when not inundated with foreigners! They may need to have staggered shifts and odd start times to avoid peak traffic, but otherwise this just sounds like panicked stupidity.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

trancemission (823050) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657767)

What experience have you had with London 'Transport' System?

FYI

http://bit.ly/GXCpJK [bit.ly] (from a googleusercontent.com/VeryLongUrl :( )

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657949)

good, it looks like most of the guess work is done. Set your staggered shifts and odd start times to accomodate not being on transit in those giant red blocks. That shows no need to never leave the premises for the duration of the games.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658067)

What experience have you had with London 'Transport' System?

FYI

http://bit.ly/GXCpJK [bit.ly] (from a googleusercontent.com/VeryLongUrl :( )

The population of London and Bangkok are similar at ~7M. That chart showed up to a 30minute wait in London! I don't ever remember waiting longer than 4 minutes to take transit in Bangkok, and they're considered a developing country.

Perhaps London isn't suitable for the Olympics, or living...

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (5, Insightful)

Dan Dankleton (1898312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657279)

From how I read it the problem isn't that they don't have the shifts, it's that the shift workers may not be able to get into or home from work.

This is simply risk management. There is a risk that staff might have trouble commuting, so they are mitigating that risk.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657301)

Of course they know how shifts work: that's what they're doing now. The problem is the Olympics: most of the large data centres in London are right next door to the main Olympic site. Travelling in or around London, particularly anywhere near East London, during the Olympics is expected to be a complete nightmare. I was warning a previous employer two years ago that they had to start planing for the three months period when it was unlikely any of the staff would be able to travel to the data centre in London (let alone finding somewhere to stay overnight for out of hours work: the London Docklands Travelodge would be right out!)

So yeah, knowing the density of data centres in the area and how close they will be to the Olympics, this sounds like a pretty damn sensible idea, to me.

Atlanta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657517)

I was working here during the Alanta games and travel around here was nearly impossible. MARTA scheduled more trains with aditional cars and every car was packed tight! Many of us were waiting in a queue and as a train stopped, a few would squeeze on and then the next train some more would squeeze on and so forth. What would normally be a 20 mintue train ride for me ended being a few hours. I didn't travel unless I abosultely had to.

But I should add, having also been to London, I can attest that Altanta's MARTA train system is (and was) a joke compared to London's tubes - or to any other mass transit system on the planet. IIRC, there were some Indians who were complaining about MARTA's lousy service.

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (2)

b0bby (201198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657355)

The Olympics is certainly going to cause some problems for commuters in London. As the poster above noted, this seems like more of a situation where if you can't get home/are worried that you won't be able to get back in tomorrow due to the overload on the transportation network you could crash in one of these things. The other thing, of course, is that the company might be installing them just to get this kind of "look how much we care about your data" type of publicity...

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (1)

oddjob1244 (1179491) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657965)

The other thing, of course, is that the company might be installing them just to get this kind of "look how much we care about your data" type of publicity...

This is exactly what they're after.

I worked in Salt Lake City during the Olympics and the local news was talking about how we should expect our commute times to triple, especially if travelling around the venues. My commute went through Salt Lake City and Park City, past a ton of the venues, and I was expecting a nightmare. I ended up leaving 2 hours early and arrived to work 2 hours early the first day. After that I just left at normal time, the nightmare transportation scenario didn't pan out at all..

Re:Havn't they ever heard of shifts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657639)

Apparently you can't read the summary. Allow me to quote the relevant sentence:

The arrangement will ensure that the facility will be fully-staffed if London's transit system is taxed by the huge crowds expected for the Games.

Nothing there leads anyone sane to presume there are not 3 shifts of workers, or that the New Rose Hotel will be fitted with fire alarms to roust sleeping occupants when a server needs attention. I suspect your data center which you keep staffed 24x7 isn't in a city crammed to bursting with tourists, preventing anyone from making it anywhere on time -- but London, during the Olympics, will be, and on-site housing for critical personnel on all three shifts seems a pretty damn reasonable solution for a couple weeks.

Hot Sex Pod (3, Interesting)

Internal Modem (1281796) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657213)

The video is very optimistic about who will be sleeping in it (unless she's charging the IT guys hourly: Sexy Worker [podtime.co.uk]

Re:Hot Sex Pod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657357)

And think of all the service jobs these will generate! Pod-maids, pod-butlers, pod-janitors, pod-hos, etc.

I'm sure they'll make little versions for pets and children.

Had to laugh when they were talking about security and the girl gets in her sleeping bag with the doors wide open. What is it, an attack sleeping bag?

Re:Hot Sex Pod (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657529)

OMG, they're Pod people. Run Away!

It's the Olympics (3, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657223)

It's the preeminent world class sporting event that is only held every 4 years for which most of the entire world tunes in. And for which you'd be lucky to get a job at for only once in your lifetime. Wouldn't you expect people to go that little extra distance - If not for the money, but for the pride of saying you contributed?

Re:It's the Olympics (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657311)

It's a silly sporting event that happens every few years. It's not like they're landing on Mars for the first time or something.

Re:It's the Olympics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657427)

amen

Re:It's the Olympics (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657433)

It's also possibly part of some harebrained scheme to reduce commuter load on the already overcrowded tube network, which will have a hard time coping with the extra load from the Olympic visitors. What was their last grand idea? Oh yeah, drink in the evening to avoid rush hour: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15260534

Re:It's the Olympics (2)

b0bby (201198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657379)

This isn't for Olympic staffers, just a data center company in London.

Re:It's the Olympics (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657511)

This isn't for Olympic staffers, just a data center company in London.

Nowhere in London will be immune from the buzz generated by the olympics, and being a part of it (even if it is a small part) will garner pride. And if all goes well, the people working there will have access to see all the olympic media 24/7. And if the data centre crashes and burns, they'll have the knowledge that the whole world is depending on them.
 
And while I have never worked on such a high profile job, 2 years ago I designed and coded the HMI that is used for humidity monitoring on the USS Missouri [wikipedia.org] , now that it is finally a museum. I did all the work in an office. I didn't go to site in Hawaii (my colleague did - and he came back with stories that are worthy of the Daily WTF - fortunately nothing to do with our part!). But I still feel proud of the work I did for an important historical icon.

Re:It's the Olympics (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657793)

The point is, working for some data center that has nothing to do with the Olympics is not contributing to the Olympics.

That said,. so the fuck what? IT's another sporting event where people will make tons of money at the top, and everyone elses lives will be a nightmare.

They can shove the Olympics for all I care.

Re:It's the Olympics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657665)

If the tube workers ain't doing this, nobody will get anywhere-

Re:It's the Olympics (3, Insightful)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658037)

It's great that you enjoy it, but different people like different things, and that's fine. It's fine as long as you don't expect *others* (who may not be interested in the least) to go that extra distance for it.

Personally I find it hard to see past the betrayal of every ideal the Olympic games ever stood for, the cheating in form of drug use, the abuse of children to push some nation's medal lists, the obscene waste of money to build an unnecessary sports infrastructure and the organized corruption which drives the selection of the location.

Not so bad if you think about it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657275)

Seriously [xkcd.com] , this beats having to climb up ventilation shafts and walk across broken glass.

My experience from Atlanta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657281)

Atlanta was a ghost town during the olympics.
A lot of people took those 2 weeks off. The roads were clear and the trains were almost empty. It was the easiest time to get around. It was like sunday morning traffic levels every day for those 2 weeks. I remember it was news that a lot of the vendors that had permits to sell on the street from big tents all left before the end of the first week because there was so little street traffic. I bet london will be a similar non issue.

Re:My experience from Atlanta (2)

samazon (2601193) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657375)

London and Atlanta are two different metropolitan animals entirely.

Atlanta: Population (2010)

City 420,003

Density 3,190/sq mi (1,232/km2)

Urban 4,750,000

Urban density 2,420/sq mi (935/km2)

Metro 5,268,860 (9th)

Metro density 630/sq mi (243/km2)

London

Population (July 2010 est.)[2]

London 7,825,200

Density 4,978/km2 (12,892/sq mi)

Urban 8,278,251

Metro 13,709,000

Then take into account all the land around Atlanta... and all the land around London. Plus, it's totally fun to live at work! If you've ever worked a campaign, you know this!

Re:My experience from Atlanta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657521)

And I bet they take an interest in the Olympics!

Re:My experience from Atlanta (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657817)

" Plus, it's totally fun to live at work! If you've ever worked a campaign, you know this!"

No, no it isn't. It's called slavery. The fact they you 'get' to leave to get coffee once in a while doesn't change that.

Re:My experience from Atlanta (1)

samazon (2601193) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657969)

I should have added a ~ to the end of that statement, huh?

That's not the reason! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657305)

They are sleeping in the data center to escape the harsh reality of London, being watched by a dozen cameras everywhere you go. The government there is so worried about the potential criminals in the general public that they don't have enough cameras to watch the people operating and maintaining the vital Information Technology infrastructure that supports them. Pretty funny when you think about it.

I'm sorry, this is ridiculous (-1)

jfruh (300774) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657363)

There's such a fucked-up culture, particularly in tech, that you aren't hard-core unless you're sacrificing your life and health for work. It's a two-week event: would it kill the employer to pay a bit more to bring on extra staff to work the overnight shift?

Re:I'm sorry, this is ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657393)

Or, you know, rent them a room in a nearby hotel?

Re:I'm sorry, this is ridiculous (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657553)

Or, you know, rent them a room in a nearby hotel?

You really think that there will be rooms to rent during the Olympics? Yeah maybe .. but for really big $$$.

HP/MP restored! (5, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657403)

But you're still hungry.

Expectations come from the past. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657413)

Having been through the blitz, they know only tenacity succeeds!

They're close (3, Funny)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657421)

Obviously they need to lock an IT jockey in each server *CAGE* and they will be responsible for those racks 24/7. Food should be brought them in pellet form and water dispensed from a large water bottle that requires it be licked to release it's Dihydrogen oxide goodness. Replace the floors with screens so they don't need to install any sanitary facilities other than like a garden hose to hose it down every once and a while. Even make it into an attraction and charge fees to tourists to view.

IT jockey's arent people are they? If so this idea is wrong. Now if they were treated with some dignity at least then that's different. Also if you get paid for every hour you're on site or compensated accordingly then I probably wouldn't complain about making piles of money

cheap tubes (1)

Tom (822) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657479)

They could've at least given them something closer to Tokio capsule hotels. And I sincerely hope they have showers and such on-site.

Aside from that - sure, why not? You can do stuff like that for a short time in a once-in-a-lifetime situation.

Sleeping Pods??? (1)

LeoDeSol (1323269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657505)

As a data center consultant and engineer, I am impressed they are going to be given time to sleep and pods to sleep in. Are they hiring? I think I could like living in London... Just give me time to study and adjust to the differences between NEMA and IEC specifications, etc.

Fire suppression (2)

Jaro (4361) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657509)

I hope they don't use carbon dioxide for fire suppression in the data center....

Hope the pods are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657539)

... er....., "airconditioned". Otherwide the exhaust from a tech would reach toxic levels in minutes...

Air Con (4, Funny)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657589)

The actual reason is that it is one or the few places guaranteed to have air con in the coming super hot English summer.

What, no shifts? (0)

FridayBob (619244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657607)

Sounds desperate, and like they'd rather not spend the money to hire the personnel necessary to follow a decent shift schedule. What a bunch of cheap bastards.

Re:What, no shifts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39658005)

They do have shifts. These are for the people to sleep in when off-shift so they don't have to fight through the mass of Olympic visitors to get home and sleep.
What is normally a 20 minute journey will probably take 2-3 hours during the Olympics. If you have 12 hours off and have to spend 6 hours travelling in that time (3 hours each way) then you will probably be glad of a place to crash at work.

Why didn't they include sleeping quarters? (2)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657649)

Considering the Olympics only runs for 2 weeks I can see where a condition of the job would be on call 24/7. Television never sleeps. So why didn't they build hotel rooms into the IT center? Why a bunch of stupid pods?

Re:Why didn't they include sleeping quarters? (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658141)

1) The IT buildings were built before London got the Olympics?
2) What are you going to do with hotel rooms afterwards? Let random people sleep in your datacenter overnight?
3) It's cheaper.
4) It's only 4 weeks (figure week ramp up and cleanup).

Muttering something about `uptime' (4, Funny)

bulldog060 (992160) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657691)

Maybe they're not getting paid... (3, Insightful)

Zcar (756484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657741)

But there's money to be made in subletting a flat during an event like the Olympics. I lived in Lake Placid for the 1980 games and my father's department head at the college rented his house for $30k for the two weeks.

Fiar5t (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39657775)

STAND ANYMORE, You join today!

'We go to the matresses' (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657813)

That's what the Sonny said.

Would it be possible to order some of these 'Olympic' datacenter beds online?

Lights out (1)

AragornSonOfArathorn (454526) | more than 2 years ago | (#39657879)

So, this is what they mean by "lights-out datacenter".

Gaseous fire suppression ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39658069)

As any good data center will have a gaseous fire suppression system that will replace all the oxygen. I really hope they sleep light and are ready to run in a hurry.

Do you really want to be next to a co-worker.... (1)

DontScotty (978874) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658111)

Who is watching porn on the small screen, and potentially vibrating his pod which is next to your pod?

And, what if you find out he likes - ya know - THAT kind of porn? ICKY !!!!

I am so suggesting this to our IT folks! (1)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#39658185)

On second thought, maybe not so much.... maybe not so wise...

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