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SQL Server 2005 extended support ended April 12, 2016. We’ve compiled the Top 4 reason your business needs to migrate to SQL Server 2014. 

1. No critical security updates

Many critical security updates were released for SQL Server 2005. After April 12, no more updates will be developed or released, and this could make your business vulnerable to cyber-security attacks.

2. No compliance updates

Companies that process credit card or industry regulated data may face non-compliance consequences. If your business handles credit payments, your revenue streams could be at risk.

3. Higher maintenance costs

Maintaining outdated technology and taking additional measures to bring it up to today’s standards can quickly become expensive. Retaining old software will likely cost more in the end.

4. The potential to lose customers

Forty-seven states now have security breach notification laws, meaning that businesses must 
immediately disclose a data breach to customers. If you are breached, how will this impact the
integrity of your company?
 
If your business is still on SQL Server 2005, our Databranch Microsoft Certified Engineers can help 
plan your migration. Please reach out to a Microsoft Expert at 716-373-4467 ext. 15, 
info@databranch.com, or click here to Get Started!

During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft is very real.

One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot! 

As a reminder to all of our clients and friends, here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.

  1. Back Up Your Data Remotely! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.
  2. Use a Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery. A high quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power supply battery backup will go a long way in protecting sensitive electronic equipment from surges and other electronic irregularities that can destroy your computer’s circuitry.
  3. Make Sure Your Servers Are Off The Floor Or In The Cloud. If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very inexpensively.  Or consider moving your critical server equipment to the cloud and be protected no matter the weather!
  4. Have A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.

FREE Report: The 10 Disaster Planning Essentials For Any Small Business

Don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve in an instant! This report will reveal important planning strategies you should have in place now to protect yourself from common data-erasing disasters including natural hazards, human error, cyber criminals, hardware failure, software corruption and other IT failures.

Download this FREE REPORT today at www.databranch.com/10essentials

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