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Why Backup Your POS System in the Cloud?

Sep 16, 2014

The Problem

Cloud BackupPicture this:

There is a strong power surge at your business that affects your entire POS (Point of Sale) system. You lose your accounting information, your sales information, and your employee information. How quickly and how easily can you get all of that information back? How quickly can you be back up and running?

That may sound extreme, but data loss happens. Power surges, equipment failure, and equipment theft can all cause data loss. Having a good backup system for your data is the only way to recover quickly from catastrophic data loss. However, setting up and managing your own local backup system can be costly in both time and money. There’s also no guarantee that what affected your original data won’t affect your backup as well. Don’t you have more important things to worry about?

Many business owners don’t even have a backup system in place. If you’re one of those business owners, and you had a catastrophic loss of data, it could easily take over 40 hours to manually re-enter products and reprogram menus. That’s a lot of lost time, and a lot of that data would be lost forever.

The Solution

What you need is a safe, secure method of backup for your POS system that isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. A good cloud backup system could have you back up and running in as little as 15 minutes! Cloud backup puts your backup off site. That means that even if all of your equipment is affected, your data isn’t lost.

So, what makes a good cloud backup system? There are four attributes that a good cloud backup system should have: automation, security, redundancy, and affordability.

Automated

Backing up your POS data doesn’t do you as much good if it’s not up to date. As a business owner, you’re busy. You don’t need to worry about having to manually backup your data. An automated backup means that you can rest assured that even if your system goes down, the most you’ll lose is a day’s worth of data.

Secure

You don’t want your data available for anyone to see. A good cloud backup company knows that high level encryption is needed to keep your backup data safe and secure.

Redundant

The data centers used by cloud backup companies are designed to withstand the causes of data loss, but that doesn’t mean that they’re immune to them. Therefore, a good cloud backup system will use redundant servers in multiple locations in order to better protect your information. Your data should be kept in multiple, secure data centers in order to ensure that it’s nearly impossible for your data to be lost.

Affordable

Your peace of mind is priceless, and so is having backup data available. Nevertheless, cloud backup of your data doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A good company will provide their service for a reasonable monthly fee, helping you keep your overhead low while giving you the security you need.

Learn more about cloud backup for your POS system today.

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