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June 2017

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"Just because you can dig a hole with a spoon doesn't mean you should." This sage advice offered by my father has saved me from making short-sighted decisions that would have ended up costing more time, money, or effort in the long run and lead me to believe it's always best to use the right tool for the job.

In this month's newsletter, we share an article penned by Doug Bunnell as to why it's not a good idea to save critical, production environment data to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. In addition, we discuss email sanitization services in Office 365, provide an update on our upcoming move, are introduced to the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, discuss our upcoming Office 365 event, and we meet the aforementioned Project Lead, Doug Bunnell. Enjoy!
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Dave DelVecchio, President

NAS devices - right tool for the job?
Network Attached Storage
Network-attached storage (NAS) is a simple file storage server connected to a computer network providing data access to client computers. Relatively low in cost-per-gigabyte for storage, NAS appliances, which contain one or more storage drives, can be useful in storing large amounts of stagnant files.

However, Innovative has been engaged in multiple projects with new clients recently where we are finding NAS devices being leveraged to house production-environment, mission-critical data. There are many shortcomings in leveraging NAS devices in this way, and Innovative Project Lead, Doug Bunnell, recently penned a blog article explaining why.

Email sanitization and Office 365
email filter With more and more businesses relying on Microsoft Office 365 for email services, are Microsoft's threat detection services up to snuff to protect your business from unwanted or dangerous emails and attachments?

Earlier this month, Client Relationship Manager, Jonathan Hebert, penned a blog article exploring the considerations that favor the use of a 3rd party service, such as our preferred email sanitization solutions from Proofpoint.

Relocation update
Mill 180 We announced earlier this month that we will be relocating to Mill 180 here in Easthampton later this summer. You can track our construction project by visiting our photo album. More photos will be added as the project continues, so be sure to check back as big changes are soon to occur!

Introducing The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Golf Tournament The Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce welcomes all business within, but not limited to, the vibrant communities of Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton, MA. The chamber helps members grow their business, network with others, and engage with all levels of government to promote economic development to create a successful business environment that fosters innovation, collaboration and community prosperity. In addition to providing the Chamber IT support services, Innovative's Dave DelVecchio has served on the board of directors since 2007, and is its current President.

On Wednesday, June 28th at 7:30am, join the chamber along with Tim Rettig of IntrustIT in Cincinnati, a multiple time winner of one of Cincinnati's Best Places to Work, as he shares Why Ping Pong Tables do not Define your Business Culture. Tim will offer his interesting take on how attracting millennials is more than just faking that your place is a fun place to work.

If golf is more your thing, join with friends for some fun at the Chamber Island Golf Tournament. Come in your best island attire for golf, contests, prizes, and an island themed dinner!

SOLD OUT! O365 - way more than email!
O365 Way More Than Email Our June 28th lunch and learn event has sold out! Innovative President Dave DelVecchio and special guest, Tim Rettig from Cincinnati's cloud experts IntrustIT, will be sharing ways organizations can get more out of their Microsoft Office 365 subscription by leveraging Office 365 services such as SharePoint, Teams, and more!

Meet Doug Bunnell
Doug BunnellJoining Innovative in mid-2012, Doug Bunnell, brought over 15 consecutive years of IT network experience and 11 years of experience in both a leadership and end-user technical support role as a former Information Systems Manager at a regional field health care provider. After serving two years as a member of our service delivery team, Doug was reassigned as a Project Lead, bringing implementations to successful conclusion, on time, and within budget.

When away from the office, Doug works as an assistant to his wife in her photography business, and enjoys riding bikes on trials and pathways throughout the region.

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