Lawyers, Power Cuts and The Cloud

By | April 4, 2015

lawyers, power cuts and the cloud

A power cut does not have to mean that your computer systems go off too!

A couple of weeks ago there was a power outage in central Glasgow that affected parts of the G2 and G3 postcodes. This included my law firm’s HQ: The Inksterplex. Power was out for a little over an hour. When it did come back on there was a couple more short outages before it stabilised. Then a week later exactly the same thing happened but this time for the best part of two hours. This was an unusual occurrence in the centre of a city and not one that you would expect to happen twice in the space of a week. However, it did demonstrate the benefits of cloud computing.

Had our servers been located within The Inksterplex then work that Team Inksters were working on when the power went off may have been lost. If remote workers in our Wick and Portree offices or those working from home or on the move were connected to such servers within The Inksterplex then they would have been cut off too.

As it is that thankfully was not the case. Our servers are not located in The Inksterplex but are located in a data centre which benefits from back up generators in an event of a power cut. Our solicitors in Wick and Portree were able to operate as normal. Those solicitors at home or on the move were unaware of the power cut. I was in Shetland on business during the second power cut and was operating without difficulty via my Surface. Even those in The Inksterplex could still function via their mobile phones or laptops (assuming their batteries were charged!).

So a clear example of the benefits of having your law firm in the cloud.


Ewan Kennedy on 05/04/2015 at 1:43 am.

Interesting. I still have the oil lamps I purchased for Faulds Gibson & Kennedy to keep us working during the winter of discontent (1973 I think)! The manual typewriters kept going as long as we fed the secretaries plenty of tea and biscuits.


Brian Inkster on 05/04/2015 at 11:29 am.

Thanks Ewan

My father-in-law reliably tells me that the Winter of Discontent was 1978-79. Think we were using oil lamps as a matter of course in Shetland back then 😉

We do have a manual typewriter on standby in The Inksterplex just in case:-


Ewan Kennedy on 06/04/2015 at 8:53 am.

You’re right, 1978/79 was Callaghans, we got the lamps in 1973 for Heaths version.


Julian Summerhayes on 08/04/2015 at 9:21 am.

Bring back the quill pen I say.

Happy days.




EmmaP on 09/04/2015 at 11:56 am.

We all have insurance, reckoned to be an umbrella held by Ins companies, until it rains. Anyone feel an analogy coming on?


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