This week I am traveling with a frenetic pace between different regions in Europe, ranging from the plane to a meeting, on a train, in a hotel, etc.. You know what I mean. Staying in touch with the company as I travel in this way is always a challenge. First, not much time is left to manage e-mail and other connections. Second, one hopes to connect with the facilities available.
By luck, or bad luck for my shoulders, I continue carrying a full notebook with me, so that I can work offline anywhere. But working, preparing publications for blogs, answering e-mails, etc.., Not really useful if I cannot make things reach the right people.
And that is exactly what is happening to me right now. Yesterday I conducted a workshop all day, so I had no time to connect. And then I ran to the station and ended up in a train full, which had no place to sit. When I arrived at the hotel at night, the receptionist kindly told me that connecting the hotel WI-Fi did not work and it would be repaired before the end of the day.
When I left the hotel this morning, the connection had not returned. Then I thought it would be a smart decision to take a cappuccino in a cafe before my appointment. I was sure it would have an Internet connection. But, guess … There were seven visible networks, but none were in the cafeteria. When I asked politely, they smiled and told me they did not offer Internet access.
That got me to switch places and took me to a restaurant, where I asked before sitting if they had an internet connection. Now I am learning and getting smarter regarding the issue.
Obviously, I could have used a 3G/4G device, but it can be very expensive, especially when using roaming. Moreover, I realized that in many places 3G is not available consistently, so that the network falls into EDGE and other slower protocols. So why pay dearly for poor service?
This reminded me of another post I wrote for a blog some time ago. It was about the super mobile worker . Luckily for me because, if I was in that role, it would have been a catastrophe.
You know we keep talking about the cloud, we expect cloud computing services are very cheap and take for granted the operation of the networks. Every time I see more to the network as the major barrier to cloud adoption by mobile workers. Frankly, I’d love to wear a lighter device (and my shoulders even more), but I can not do it today because I do not trust connectivity. In this regard, I must say a few things:
Something should be done with respect to the cost of data in today’s telecommunications networks, particularly when traveling to different countries. It may be a reduction of the charges, existing environments or implementing new technologies such as WiMax and others, in cities and public places.
Hotels must understand that the quality of Wi-Fi service is part of the package. I have observed that the more expensive the hotel, the more expensive the Wi-Fi service. Does that make sense? No, in my humble opinion.
The bars and restaurants, especially in commercial areas, need to understand the importance of providing internet services to its customers. Now that many loading and unloading services allow endless, offering Wi-Fi services is no longer a major cost for establishments.
Companies must have an open network for visitors to allow access to the Internet, obviously without providing access to the corporate network. Airports, railway stations and other public places should offer Wi-Fi connections. These connections should be available free of charge to users. Then we could have an environment where it would be possible to work in the cloud. So the cloud revolution is both a “connectivity revolution” as well as a “data center revolution”.
However, we are talking about ways to optimize data center to allow it to work all the time with lower costs, but tend to forget about connectivity. I cannot understand why. Does anyone have an idea?
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