Automated backups are gaining popularity with retailers. No wonder, once you close your retail business at the end of the day you want to get home. Leaving a backup to run in the evening leaves the data exposed to the risk of fire or other damage. This is why attention has to be paid to baking the backup efficient enough to be done and removed from the business to a safe place.

We were called in to help a business two weeks ago which ran a scheduled backup on the recommendation of their software provider. The quality of the backup was never checked. The business had to start from scratch when they lost everything and found their backups useless. While our recommended approach takes a little more time, there is certainty for the business and this can be invaluable in the event of a disaster.

Online backups can be good – if the volume of data being backed up is not too great and if the cost is reasonable.

Regardless of the approach you take, be sure to test your backups regularly to ensure that they are as useful as you will need them to be in the event of a business disaster.