LOTS OF SMOKE, BUT NO FIRE!
Anyone who knows me well will attest to the fact that technology and I have a dubious relationship. However, something happened this last week that gave me cause to respect it more than usual. It was a chimney fire. No, I haven’t lost the technological plot, stick with me here.
This particular chimney fire was sited between our offices and our neighbours and black smoke was belching down the street for some time. The fire brigade was called and as the two properties’ walls adjoin each other, the firefighters took great care to check on our side for signs of increased heat.
All very exciting except for the firefighters and poor Andy, the office manager, who stuck it out to the bitter end without complaint to ensure necessary access for the fire brigade and to close to the offices – that’s commitment for you.
All very well so far, but where does technology come in, I hear you say? Well, in times past, like many offices, we have had a server; a box which, in my layman’s terms, holds all the information from all the computers in the building and to which everyone’s work is sent or “backed up” each night. However, now, we send the day’s work to a Cloud!
Even though I am now fully aware that this isn’t a white floaty thing high above with many numbers jumbled up within it, I occasionally still visualise all our data fluffily wafting about above the Mendip Hills. What it is, however, is a secure place made up of those servers I described with a massive King Kong sized amount of capacity to hold our data and to ensure that any damage of destruction closer to home doesn’t affect it.