April Fools’ Day 2016 will not be quickly forgotten by Google. The Internet giant is known for its clever April Fools’ Day pranks; in 2016, however, many people think that Google went too far with an ill-advised Gmail joke that reportedly caused some people to lose their jobs.

Thanks to the Internet and the cloud computing paradigm, it is very likely that the doomed Gmail prank and the unfavorable press coverage it received will be stored in digital memory for decades to come. It so happens that on the day before that gaffe, Google was being praised for its contribution to global cloud storage.

Learn About World Backup Day

March 31st is World Backup Day, an international observance of the importance of keeping data safe and protected. When it comes to backing up crucial information that we need for personal and business purposes, we need to pay closer attention to ongoing trends and developments.

In the past, the fields of personal and business computing were hardware-centric. A few decades later, greater importance was given to software and Internet connectivity. These days, data is the most important element of the personal computing paradigm, and so are backups.

Do Not Ignore the Importance of Keeping Data Safe

World Backup Day serves to remind us that there is no excuse for computer users to ignore the importance of keeping data safe. The modern solutions for individual and business users are abundant; virtually all our files can be safely backed up and synchronized through the use of onsite or cloud storage; in fact, local data storage is becoming obsolete.

A California tech firm based in San Mateo, about 400 miles from Hesperia, is working on a solution that aims to eliminate the need for hard disks, USB drives and flash storage. This new solution involves a new type of file system that moves away from the traditional Unix architecture that has been in use since the 1960s.

The Future of Cloud Computing

In the near future, very little information will be stored locally on computing devices. Operating systems will be highly virtualized thanks to cloud drivers that emphasize permanent online storage. Google is a pioneer in this regard; modern Android devices that ship with apps such as Google Drive are one step in this direction.

Until the day when cloud storage becomes the universal standard for all devices, computer users should choose the most efficient backup solution for their needs. Due to business and compliance requirements, some companies will still require some level of local storage, but this is likely to switch to the cloud very soon.