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Clouds and smoke

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My digital life has been increasingly moving to the cloud over the past six years. Since 2009 my use of online services to store data has steadily increased, and then my shift to using Chromebook for my main device in 2013 accelerated that shift. I’ve even got to the stage now where my “download” folder on Chromebook is a folder on my Google Drive, so that files I download I can then access from any one of my devices.

Yesterday I popped out from my client’s offices in Holborn for a quick meeting. On my return I was confronted by The Great Fire of Holborn; the offices had been evacuated, and as a result I was separated from my bag and my laptop. Thankfully I’d taken my keys, my wallet, my phone and my notebook. Unfortunately, as the rain began to fall, I’d left my umbrella behind.

The buildings are still closed this morning as fire and electricity workers try to sort out the problems on Kingsway.

Five years ago this would have resulted in today being very unproductive for me and my co-workers. Today, other than a couple of face-to-face meetings needing to be done online or rescheduled, it’s business as usual. I’ll just be in a different location (on my spare Chromebook).

This is the sort of Business Continuity scenario that has seen millions of pounds invested over many years by IT departments across the world. The total sum additional cost of me initiating my own business continuity plan today is, erm, zero. Nothing. Zilch. And given that the people I’m working with are also working on Google shared services, Trello and a bunch of other Cloud tools, the same can be said for them.

Why on earth would anyone want to provide IT services these days on any basis other than Internet-facing Cloud is beyond me. However, if someone could develop a multi-tenanted, Internet-delivered commodity umbrella service, I’d be most grateful. It’s very rainy in London at the moment.

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