When I first hear the phrase "World Backup Day", I thought it was a joke. I mean come on. What? Are you serious? But then the more I thought about it, the more I got into it. Why shouldn't there be a day around something so critical as ensuring your business will function with minimal interruptions as possible?
While it seems that newer clients are the hardest to convince when it comes to the need for taking their backups seriously, why not have a whole day to bring this concept into greater visibility and help with this discussion? Unfortunately, this year it falls on a Sunday and with tomorrow being April Fools Day, it's hard for me to imagine this special day is going to be as impactful as originally intended.
That said, I hope today does some good and gets some business owners out there to reevaluate the status of their current approach to backup. If it's anything other than a complete, end-to-end solution including EVERY bit of data, programs, settings, and information on your network, then you really need to address it.
There are so many great (and cost effective) solutions available now, it's almost a crime if your IT department or IT Service Provider doesn't have you covered to this degree. I wish I could say 100% of our clients on our solution (most are, but there are still a couple of "legacy straggellers") - but the ones who aren't will feel the pain of not having this in place at some point.
It may not be today. It may not be tomorrow. But at some point (in the not too distant future), they will feel it. But they shouldn't have to. And I now see that this is the purpose of having a "World Backup Day".
Again, on the surface this seems like a joke. Ludicrous almost. But a "Happy Easter" followed up by a quick "Happy World Backup Day" easily gets the discussion going. And isn't this what naming today "World Backup Day" was all about? To increase the visibility around a subject so serious.
So, are you sure everything you have is being backed up? And tested too? Wait, this might mean we now need a "World Restore Day" too.