Cloud Computing really taking off in Dorset

This weeks announcement of SMB plans for Microsoft 365 will increase the rate of take up of cloud computing in Dorset

The availability of Fibre to the Cabinet from B.T. combines with Microsoft 365 to create a perfect solution

In an earlier blog post we announced that Microsoft has issued SMB Plans for Office 365 – it’s cloud computing offering.  It is not immediately obvious that higher bandwidth Internet connections are crucial when it comes to Cloud Computing.

Fibre to the Cabinet means that B.T. has installed fibre optic communications to the cabinets in the streets. The connection from there to your home or business is still copper wire.

This service is available to Home and Business users in Dorchester and Poundbury. As always it takes time to roll out these high bandwidth services to homes and businesses that are in the country.

However at Poundbury Systems we are adept at finding innovative solutions to provide high bandwidth services to remote properties ( please call us to discuss ).

Prior to high bandwidth Internet being available and Microsoft Cloud based Office 365 also being available to S.M.B.’s , Dorset businesses basically had little option but to have their server computers ( main computers that deliver applications like Word and Excel to all staff in the company )
” On Premises ” i.e. typically in a little ” computer room “.

Now the ” servers ” can be ” in the cloud ” or at Microsoft’s highly secure, highly available data centres located at various places around the country and the world.

S.M.B.’s derive a number of potential benefits from this. ( Here’s a U.S. orientated diagram but the same principles apply in the U.K. )


As you can see the advantages include: Improving IT collaboration, making savings, reducing IT workload and getting new features faster.

The correct use of technology is very important to Small and Medium sized businesses – basically it enables them to provide services that are as good or better than big companies at lower cost.

Most small businesses don’t have and don’t want to build up ” IT Departments ” . They would rather ” outsource ” this function to someone like Poundbury Systems.


If your servers are going to be ” in the cloud ” then you need the best, highest bandwidth, most stable connection you can get. It is one thing to be running ” data ” applications across ” the Cloud ” , it is entirely another to be running voice ( telephony ) and video ( eg conferencing ) applications across ” the Cloud “.

Voice and video applications take up much more of the bandwidth available than do data applications ( typically ).


We will find out what applications you are running and determine bandwidth requirements to migrate to cloud services. As we have our own Internet network we can provide the right size and type of ” Internet pipe ” for you.



or CALL Clare on 01305 259849 to discuss your requirements further.




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2 Responses to Cloud Computing really taking off in Dorset

  1. chrisw March 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Handy link to BT’s Fibre Broadband Rollout …

  2. Paris January 29, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Good write-up. I certainly love this website. Keep writing!

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