It's days like these make me glad ... | AccountingWEB

It's days like these make me glad ...

... I don't have my head in the cloud.

BT "outage" this morning - no internet - just come back, for how long I know not!

Most productive morning for a while, happily working away on our LAN based systems!



Adrian Pearson's picture

What about no electricity either?    2 thanks

Adrian Pearson | | Permalink

Of course, having a utility suddenly become unavailable forces us to work differently for a while, but the novelty soon wears-off.

Maybe you would have been just as happy if you'd had an electricity outage?

Then you could have been working away with pen, pencil and rubber, a mechanical adding machine, analysis pads and leather-bound general ledgers. In the dark.

guyletts's picture

Heart vs Head

guyletts | | Permalink

There are many things about the Internet that I would gladly wish away and to that extent I agree with you.

But there's another way of looking at this.  There's not a day goes by without me being thankful that the vast majority of the IT I rely on is cloud-based. It's dramatically cheaper, it's easier to use, it makes me more productive with colleagues and able to serve customers more effectively, it's available wherever I need it, my IT management workload is practically zero (and what there is consists mostly of problems with MS Windows), someone else takes care of the majority of work regarding backups, security and resilience.  The only thing that stops me being in your position when there's a BT failure is that I bought a mobile broadband dongle (which took 5 minutes to buy and set up and costs me nothing unless I use it).

Yes, I could do with more time to focus on the important things, but that's a time-management issue not a technology problem.

The Luddite in me really wants to agree with you, but it's not the rational conclusion.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

We did that once ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... the mobile dongle thingy - with 15 PC's using it slow is too weak an adjective, plus you use the "fair usage" limit fairly quickly. When we lost home broadband for a month, I used the monthly fair use limit in around 5 days just on my own. Many of them will also lapse if not used for a fairly short period so be careful.

As for electricity outage, the cloud would have been no use then either. We have a fairly robust UPS system, certainly long enough to download the work I needed to my laptop before relocating to somewhere with power. As for pad and pencil, I have office on my laptop, always more than enough to do oon excel for a day or too.

Horses for courses, for a small business cloud probably good, but there is a tipping pointwhere it is better to be in control of your own destiny. Just waiting for the day the headline comes up that hackers have picked the locks, because as sure as egs is eggs it will happen, and a big data centre will be a more likely target than a small back street accountants!

If all else fails, I'll just take the dog for a very long walk until everything is working again.






Hosted Accountants Ltd's picture

Simple answer

Hosted Accounta... | | Permalink

Don't use BT, or at least make sure your broadband is from 2 suppliers - that way you are even less likely to suffer from a lack of internet if one service fails at the exchange. The internet is now just as important as electricity and that is not going to change anytime soon!



Old Greying Accountant's picture

Caveat ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... from two suppliers on seperate infrastructures, I understood many providers use the BT trunk network to carry their broadband!

Hosted Accountants Ltd's picture

Fair point

Hosted Accounta... | | Permalink

Yes the BT trunk has the majority unless you are with Virgin or hiding in KCOM's infrastructure in the North East!

However I don't think this has failed leading to your two + sessions of downtime over as many months. I would be happy to suggest a couple of suppliers who will give you a free "comms audit" so see what issues you are facing.

You are likely to want reliable broadband for FBI anyway I presume, regardless of whether you use hosted desktops...



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