Why Isn’t Every Day SysAdmin Day?

Sysadmin Day 2016Today is the 17th annual SysAdmin day, a day created for SysAdmins by SysAdmins because no one ever really gives you credit for the work you do. It seems to be adding insult to injury that this is only one day out of 365. And even on that one day, if you are good at your job, no one really  notices you at all. Everyone thinks you talk about comics and surf Reddit all day.

Little do they realize that you manage the patchwork of systems that are the lifeblood of your organizations. You are smart, nimble, and clever enough to make anything work that is thrown at you…from keeping Windows 2003 limping along (bless your heart if that’s you), to helping end users recover data, to moving your organization “to the cloud.” In short, you’re an unrecognized hero, and we should celebrate SysAdmin Day every day.

We know that you are the one who is urgently summoned, day or night, if someone can’t find data because they have accidentally deleted it. We know that you are the one who brings the company back from the brink of destruction when a user falls for a phishing trick, opens that document and enables macro, forcing you to nuke that user’s device and reinstall everything that’s been infected from backups.

You realize how critical backups are to your organization’s bottom line, and we would like to thank you for that – not just today but every day!

We also know many of you are starting to sharpen your DevOps skills, but we’d like to remind you that backups are just as important for SaaS applications as they are for on-premises, IaaS, and PaaS applications.

In case you are fuzzy on just what you should be thinking about to protect your org’s data that is stored in SaaS applications, here is some food for thought:

  • You won’t be able to touch the hardware stack in SaaS applications. The SaaS provider may do backups, but they are primarily for disaster recovery in order for them to meet their uptime SLAs, not for you to recover user data like you do on-premises.
  • Ransomware and other viruses delivered by phishing attacks can still infect SaaS collaboration suites like Office 365 and Google Apps for Business. Your provider won’t protect you, so you still need a cloud-to-cloud backup such as Spanning Backup.

If you are a SysAdmin or IT Pro responsible for the care and feeding of Office 365 or Google Apps, why not try out Spanning Backup? It’s free for 14 days, and using it enables your end users to restore their own data. Think of how much Reddit surfing time that would open up for you!

We’d also like to give you some free stuff. What’s the worst SaaS data loss event you’ve encountered? Let us know in the comments, and the best story will win lunch on us!!

Happy SysAdmin Day, y’all!!