Here are a few suggestions from the BusinessMind engineering team to help you avoid unplanned system outages during the high shopping season.
Avoid Unnecessary System Upgrades: Unless it's an absolutely critical security patch, it's best to avoid major upgrades or changes to a system that is stable and running during high volume shopping days.
Get A Dedicated Server: Consider having a computer on your network that is dedicated to being the BusinessMind server. A dedicated machine is one that is not used for anything except running the BusinessMind server software. Such a machine is usually kept in a ventilated wiring closet and is not kept on someone's desktop for use as a desktop computer for checking email or web browsing. This helps to keep it insulated from viruses or other kinds of user error that could be catastrophic for your data.
Make Proper Backups: Backing up your BusinessMind database should be done daily and the backup should be moved off site manually or through an offsite backup mechanism such as Dejavu Backup Service. In case of server failure, a recent backup will help get you back up and running quickly and with minimal data loss.
Get A Backup Power Supply: A battery backup is essential in case of a power failure. A battery backup and/or a generator will prevent an unclean shutdown of your server which can possibly cause data loss/corruption. If you're store is prone to electrical spikes, a line conditioner is also a good idea to protect your server equipment from sudden electrical damage.
Following these simple guidelines will minimize the chance of unplanned downtime and ensure a smooth running holiday shopping season. Happy Holidays!!