The UK’s Cloud Computing ambitions are to take a step forward following the 2012 Olympic Games, as there are plans to turn a part of the Olympic Park, the dedicated media centre, into a London City Cloud Computing hub. Being in close proximity to the key business district of Canary Warf, the highly connected building’s location is ideal.
iCITY, a joint venture between data centre firm Infinity and property company Delances, has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Main Press Centre and International Broadcast Centre by the London Legacy Development Corporation after the other final contender, the UK Fashion Hub consortium, pulled out. iCITY proposes to use the site to create and “Innovation City” with heavy focus on Cloud Computing, which aims to create 6600 jobs in and around the area.
According to sources, the new site is set to house a data centre, media studios, a university, a digital academy and a new business incubator to develop a technology cluster ‘of international significance’.
Gavin Poole, Chief Executive Officer of iCITY, confirms this claiming, “This is a unique opportunity to cement Britain’s position as a global leader in innovation and the creative industries.” Poole also added, “iCITY will provide a sustainable legacy for the local community through the creation of thousands of jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”
So, although the infrastructure of Cloud Computing was deemed too immature to make its debut at the London 2012 Olympics, its future, nonetheless, seems bright