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The Cloud and The Olympics

by david.nunes

The Cloud is for winners in The Olympics 2012


With 34 venues throughout the UK, 9.1 million tickets on sale and an estimated population influx of two million people in London alone – UK organisations should not expect business to be as usual during The Olympic Games 2012.

The entire Olympics and Paralympic Games period is scheduled last approximately three months from when the venue opens on the 27th June until it closes on the 16th September. Organisations should prepare themselves for inevitable disruption due to the expected influx of journalists, athletes and tourists into the country. It has been estimated that there will be half a million extra public transport journeys in London a day. On top of this many major roads will be closed due to sporting activities and movements of people.

“It is essential that your organisation fully prepares for the event. There will be up to three hour delays on public transport, potential terrorist activity, criminal activity, public disorder and domestic extremism. On top of this there is a greater chance of non-malicious hazards such as pandemics and heat waves due to the huge influx of people in the country.” Stated Paul Eskriett, Principal Security and Contingency Planning Advisor from The City of London Corporation in a seminar held by Frontier Technology, the City of London and Microsoft earlier this year.

To ensure that your company and employees stay safe and productive, it is essential to have a fully planned, well-tested business continuity plan and methods to ensure your workforce can work from any location at any time. Cloud Computing offers a compelling solution to these issues, furthermore the flexibility and pay-per-use model means that it can be used temporarily during events such as the Olympics.

After listening to customer concerns and conducting an ‘Olympics Issues’ survey which was answered by 2000 recipients, Frontier Technology has decided to offer a three month cloud computing service to protect businesses during The Games. You choose which data and applications you want to be made available and they are delivered on demand to your employees from any location, using any internet connected device, with any type of internet connection. To ensure extra business continuity, your systems are then replicated from one data centre to another located over 60 miles away. After the three month period (or however long you require) your systems are seamlessly transferred to your desired location without any disruption to your IT systems.

The Olympic Games will definitely be a time of great excitement in the UK, but organisations must beware of the threats to business that the event brings. To minimise revenue loss it is essential to have a workforce that can work from anywhere and stay productive. With no capital expenditure, office space requirements or additional expenditure required, cloud computing offers you the perfect solution during The Olympic Games.


About Frontier Technology

Frontier Technology is a premier systems integrator and cloud computing provider, specialising in business continuity, data management and compliance and infrastructure solutions.

Frontier focuses on IT solutions that deliver true competitive advantage and allow your business to work smarter. Their success is fuelled by a commitment to deliver on time, to specification ad to budget to meet their customers’ requirements.

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