December 2012
In this issue

> Happy Holiday!
> Rob Wilson Promoted
> Risky Business
> Virtualization
> Counting in Excel
> What is Network Attached Storage
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

What is Network-Attached Storage?

You may find yourself hitting snags when it comes to maintaining and storing increasing amounts of data for your business. One solution to these problems is a network-attached storage device.

Network-attached storage (NAS € usually pronounced €naz€) is used to increase storage capacity on a network. A NAS device€s sole purpose is to store and provide access to files.

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Business Continuity Tip
Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu

No one looks forward to flu season, but it's a time of year that is especially challenging for employers. When one employee comes down with the flu, it's usually only a matter of time before most of the workforce starts calling in sick. Projects stall. Productivity levels plummet. And once that happens, all you can do is wait for the flu virus to run its course.

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Everyone at Databranch wishes you a Happy Holiday Season! We would like to thank you for your business, and look forward to serving you in 2013.

Databranch will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.

Rob Wilson promoted to Senior Systems Engineer

We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Wilson to Senior Systems Engineer. Rob joined the team at Databranch in June, 2010 and during that time has obtained numerous Microsoft certifications as well as certifications from SonicWALL and Datto. Rob has become our primary new server project engineer and has excelled at bringing projects in on time, and on budget while demonstrating great calm in some challenging situations.

Currently, Rob holds the following certifications:

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Risky Business
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

The vast variety of responsibilities, details and processes involved with running a business means that IT concerns sometimes fall by the wayside. But even if your technology seems to be running smoothly, it€s extremely important that you continuously work to keep it secure. After all, one serious attack or incident could put your vital data in the hands of criminals€and might mean the end for your business.

Here are some suggestions on how to give your business a €security makeover€ to ensure that your important information stays safe.

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For Virtualization, It€s All About Control
used with permission from IBM ForwardView

The use of virtualization, the consolidation of numerous systems and software on a single platform, allows companies to increase utilization rates while simplifying management of IT resources. In business terms, virtualization improves responsiveness by better meeting shifting business needs and ultimately saves the company€s money, time and resources. For IT staff and the company€s bottom line alike, what could be better than making your IT infrastructure more agile and nimble to meet constantly changing demand?

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Counting in Excel 2010

Do you have a list of answers in Excel, and need to know how many people answered X, Y, or Z? How about a list of hundreds of client zipcodes, and you need to know how many clients are in each unique zipcode? You need the COUNTIF formula!

COUNTIF is a simple formula that takes your dataset or the range (all the answers), searches it for an option or criteria (e.g. option €X€), and returns the number of times it found that option. The formula is =COUNTIF(range,criteria).

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Quote of the Month

"Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you. But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others."

- Unknown

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