By Richard Messik, Chartered Accountant and Co-founder of Cloud Advocates

Whenever I speak about the Cloud to non believers, the one question that is always asked (apart from security - but we have dealt with that) is what happens if the Internet goes down?

This may have been a valid query a few years ago but the quality of broadband connection in most (I accept not all) parts of the country is one of the few services that is actually improving and the government has committed to making the provision of Internet access a priority.

In every day use connectivity is not an issue - yes there are occasions when there may be an interruption but they are usually very short lived and do not cause much disruption.

As for access, there are very few public places that do not provide web access and for the dedicated there are many reasonably cost portable broadband devices that do the job exceptionally well.

...and to those still not entirely convinced, I quote the example of a major top 20 accountancy firm whose London city office was without electricity for a week when a major power cable was cut. The office had to shut down and the staff dispersed to other locations.

Fortunately, that doesn’t happen very often, and nor does Internet failure.

Richard Messik is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in Cloud Computing. He is a co founder of Cloud Advocates,an association of consultants who aim to demystify the Cloud and provide pragmatic help and advice for businesses, organizations and accounting practices. To find out more, visit www.cloudadvocates.com

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