Backups are important and automated backups help reduce error by removing the human component. Of course it is always good to check in and make sure that everything is working properly, and audit your systems periodically to see if you need to add anything new to your backup. MentorMate uses a script with a few simple tools to get all important information in one place and make redundant onsite and offsite backups of it.
Why make backups? There are many reasons, and it is important to keep them all in mind when you are creating your backup system. Different types of disasters require different methods of recovery.