I have just spent a lovely 4 days in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. Lovely beaches, lovely people and even the weather played nice (for the most part). This area has very few population centres with Dumfries being the largest with roughly 30,000 people. Ideal for a holiday then but what about working down here. If you are a business in these parts I would guess you won’t be embracing the cloud very much, unless you have an office in one of the few population centres, and the reason? Mobile signal is shockingly bad.
Between myself, my wife and the inlaws we had 3 networks – O2, EE and Virgin and none of them had any internet connectivity worth shouting about. If you are a business in these parts that needs to be online while out and about you are going to struggle.
I had this exact conversation with someone at a networking event earlier in the week. My stance was that no connectivity = no internet while theirs was there is always someway to get online, whether it be coffee shops, Macdonalds, mobile coverage etc. I can see their point but but unless you can actually get to a Starbucks, Cafe Nero etc you will have no wifi down here. It was the same when I went to the Western Isles last year. The mobile coverage out there was even worse.
If you have an office with good broadband then going for cloud based solutions does make sense. If you work near a big population centre with coffee shops etc that have free wifi and also good mobile phone coverage again cloud does make sense. If you work in a remote area then cloud is not such a good idea.
Anyone work in remote areas and use cloud based solutions? I would love to hear how.
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