Technology Articles from MPA Networks

How Moving to a Private Data Center Cloud Solution Benefits Your Business

January 20th, 2021 by admin

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Many businesses have found themselves making the switch to the cloud, and when you look at everything it offers it's not hard to see why. They give a wealth of benefits that most would be hard-pressed to ignore, such as improved security and the ability to access your data from anywhere...

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Protect Your Business with MPA Networks’ Cybersecurity Solutions

December 8th, 2020 by admin

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Moving to the cloud will increase your business's cybersecurity. The secure data centers utilized to host data and applications are much more secure than what would typically be found in an on-premise setup. There are many different ways that hackers can get into your data network, from phishing attacks...

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Why Companies Should Use Virtual Desktop for Remote Working

September 30th, 2020 by admin

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Any business can tell you that there are a lot of choices for working remotely, as the pandemic forced many of them to learn the sheer volume of options available. However, some options are better than others when it comes to setting up your remote workforce for success. And few choices stand out for...

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Helping Companies Stay Efficient While Transitioning to the Cloud

August 18th, 2020 by admin

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Businesses have been forced to adapt to the coronavirus by moving their workforce to remote offices. Moving to a remote workforce can be challenging, regardless of the circumstances, but doing it in a rush can create problems for your business. Your employees may not have the tools they need to...

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Backup & Disaster Recovery, Turn Emergencies into Planned Events

July 20th, 2020 by admin

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Businesses everywhere have learned that disaster can strike at any time, and they can last for unforeseeable lengths of time. Now more then ever companies need to plan and make contingencies for when the worst comes to pass. They need to utilize backup & disaster recovery to turn emergencies into...

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Cloud Computing Provides Benefits to a Remote Workforce

June 3rd, 2020 by admin

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As businesses are transitioning to a remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, they require tools to allow their employees to be productive and efficient while at home. Additionally, as budgets tighten, businesses need a cost-effective way to help their employees. Cloud computing offers many benefits...

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How You Can Answer Office Calls From Home With a VoIP Solution

April 30th, 2020 by admin

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Businesses everywhere are making the switch to working remotely, as COVID-19 causes people to be quarantined to their homes and offices to keep their doors shut. This has left certain businesses is a precarious state, as many of them relied heavily on calls being made to the office phones. Many...

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Be on the Lookout for Rising Number of COVID-19 Phishing Attacks

April 21st, 2020 by admin

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Hackers will often look to exploit any weakness they can find, whether it is technological means or through human curiosity and concern. With the rapid rise of COVID-19 across the globe, hackers are ramping up their phishing attack efforts. These efforts are slipping past Microsoft 365 ATP's and getting...

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Why Are Businesses Migrating to the Cloud?

February 27th, 2020 by admin

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With each passing year progressively, more businesses are switching over to the Cloud. Yet there are still companies that haven't made the leap or taken advantage of this innovative technology. Many business owners are still hesitant to shift their enterprise to a cloud-based solution. They...

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MPA Networks Protects Your Network From Security Threats

January 16th, 2020 by admin

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Protecting your data networks is one of the most important things your company can do. At MPA Networks, our experience and expertise enable us to bring the most innovative cybersecurity solutions to the table. There are numerous types of cyberattacks, but the most common for small businesses...

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California Wildfire Assistance with Our Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery and More!

December 3rd, 2019 by admin

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Has your business been affected by the recent catastrophic California Wildfires? At MPA Networks, we not only have the solutions to assist in the recovery of your operation, but in this post, we'll also highlight some excellent relief programs that can help your business get back...

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How X-as-a-Service Solutions Can Benefit Your Business

September 25th, 2019 by admin

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The cloud is transforming the way businesses operate, allowing for far more flexibility, efficiency, and better manageability than ever before. Cloud computing gives users on-demand network access with tons of resources that can be made either private to your company or public for whoever...

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Out with the Old, in with the New Cloud and Managed Technology

August 20th, 2019 by admin

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The average workplace can be a money pit with unhappy employees who, in turn, produce unsatisfied customers and creating a workplace disaster. The key to improving your business is by empowering your employees to work how they want to and using technology that enhances operations. With the cloud,...

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Reinventing Traditional Business with Workplace-as-a-Service and BYOD

July 10th, 2019 by admin

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Many businesses have changed the traditional business model to adapt to the way people now choose to work. With Workplace-as-a-service, small to midsized businesses can be fully functional and successfully, without being in a physical workspace environment. Combining this service with a bring-your-own-device...

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How Rapid Growth Can Negatively Impact Business.

June 25th, 2019 by admin

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During the beginning stages of operations, demand can be slow at first and then gradually start picking up, but what happens when small demand increases to significant demand in a short period? When a company is experiencing expansion, it is usually a step in the right direction because growth in business...

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Get a Reliable 24/7 Support Team for your IT Service

June 24th, 2019 by admin

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Having available on-going support for your IT services is vital for your business to thrive, and we want to ensure that your business stays on top of its operations. Should questions arise or unexpected issues happen, you need responsive experts to resolve the problem fast and efficiently, no matter...

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Moving to the Private Cloud

April 20th, 2019 by admin

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to being in the cloud. The majority of businesses are already in the cloud in some capacity, and your business may be one of them but are you entirely utilizing the benefits of the cloud? Private data centers allow your business a new level of reliability,...

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Keep the Building Blocks of Your Business Protected With our Network and Server Management Service

February 25th, 2019 by admin

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When it comes to keeping your business operational, there are two pillars it can't stand without. If your servers or network fail your business, what could you do to keep your business working? When the core of your organization’s workflow, your network, is down it will take other systems down...

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Lowering the Bottom Line: IT Management Support and Cost-Saving Benefits

June 27th, 2018 by admin

Shifting to IT management support services can make a huge difference in reducing your business' operational bottom-line. IT management goes a long way to streamline both infrastructure and support while providing access to a larger knowledge pool than what an on-site staff can provide. Businesses can...

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5 Email Disasters: How a Service Like MPA Networks Can Prevent Catastrophe

May 3rd, 2018 by admin

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Often, businesses don't prepare for email disasters until after one has hit. But while email may comprise just a small part of a company's day-to-day operation, an email disaster can have a staggering impact on your business. The 2016 Democratic National Committee email disaster is a prime example of...

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6 Can't-Miss Tools for Innovative Presentations

April 26th, 2018 by admin

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It's easy to grow jaded about presentation software. After all, each new version of PowerPoint and Keynote may feel like the equivalent of the same old room getting a new coat of paint. However, new tools and apps offer all sorts of fresh and clever ways to make better presentations. Encourage your employees...

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What Changes in Net Neutrality Could Mean for Your SMB

April 19th, 2018 by admin

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The FCC net neutrality 3–2 repeal vote of December 2017 could lead to major concerns for IT staff at small and medium businesses. As of February 2018, the FCC is continuing to move toward the net neutrality repeal, but actual business changes will take a while to go into practice. That delay means IT...

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Giving a Presentation: A Technology Preparedness Checklist

March 19th, 2018 by admin

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Giving a presentation can be stressful, so dealing with technology issues at the last minute is the last thing you want when attempting a professional delivery. The following technology preparedness checklist can help you make a good impression rather than forcing the audience to sit through on-the-fly...

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5 Specific IT Considerations for Remote Employees

February 5th, 2018 by admin

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Businesses have a lot to gain by hiring remote employees, including the ability to recruit from a larger talent pool and the potential for less expensive workplace accommodations. However, remote employees introduce new challenges in IT security because of the lack of IT centralized IT management. While...

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3 Subtle Ways IT Management Makes Day-to-Day Operations More Manageable

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

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For many businesses, it is difficult to gauge how helpful IT management can be in the workplace on a day-to-day basis — mainly because when things are going well, there's little to notice. Some of the most important benefits of an IT managed services provider show themselves subtly in what doesn't happen...

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Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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There are many ways to reuse an old computer. Replacing an old computer that still works is a good feeling.   The device survived the replacement cycle. However, some desktops and laptops have the potential to lead second lives in the workplace. Re-assigning old devices to different jobs is a great way...

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The System Is Down: How To Stay Online When Your Service Provider Is Offline

September 12th, 2017 by admin

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It's easy to take a functional Internet connection for granted until it's no longer working. When that Internet connection inevitably goes down, your business could be left scrambling to figure out how to keep working until service is restored. The best solution your business can utilize is to develop...

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Intranets and Small-To-Medium Business Productivity

June 13th, 2017 by admin

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Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have taken to hosting their own intranet to increase productivity in the workplace. For those unfamiliar with the term, "intranet" is not a typo, but rather an internal network that behaves like a private Internet. At their core, intranets help businesses improve...

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Standing Desks: Could They Improve Your Workplace?

January 12th, 2016 by admin

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It's been talked about everywhere from the New York Times to Men's Health and Women's Health: Sitting at a desk all day may be dangerously unhealthy. Medical studies conducted around the world support the same conclusion: When a human body remains seated and inactive, it quickly enters its...

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It's Nice to Be Important, But It's More Important to Be Nice

June 4th, 2015 by admin

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Let's face it—the humor on Saturday Night Live is pretty much hit-or-miss these days. But one classic SNL sketch from the late '90s remains our favorite: Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy. Why are Nick's condescending remarks toward his fellow employees so darned funny? Because so many of us can...

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Cyber Insurance: Good for my Company?

May 20th, 2015 by admin

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We've spent a lot of time on this blog talking about cyber-attacks—from nuisance hacking to data theft to virtual electronic terrorism—and the steps your company can take to defend itself. But what if, despite all your best efforts, you one day discover you've still been hacked? An insurance policy...

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The Cloud: A Better IT Choice for Law Firms… or Not?

January 21st, 2015 by admin

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Several years since you probably first heard about it, "the Cloud" remains among the trendiest buzzwords in the tech world—particularly here around Silicon Valley. Several of our Bay Area law firm clients have approached us asking if migrating their IT into the Cloud is the right choice for them, especially...

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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

January 14th, 2015 by admin

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It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...

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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

December 12th, 2014 by admin

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It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...

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Close Enough to Know You, Small Enough to Serve You

November 13th, 2014 by admin

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If you've been reading our blog for a while, you know why we believe managed IT services are the smart choice over "going it alone" — particularly for a small business. Over the past few years alone, we've seen several major tech companies — some of the really big names — branch out into the outsourced...

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Disaster Recovery: Is Your Data Protected From the Next Catastrophe?

November 6th, 2014 by admin

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Last month, the Bay Area commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Those of us who lived through that experience remember the sudden, unexpected jolt — and how the event disrupted our lives for several weeks afterward. Of course, we were a lot less reliant on technology back...

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Handling Your Growing Network with IT Managed Services

October 31st, 2014 by admin

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Small and medium-sized business (SMB) computer networks are more of a living project than a one-and-done IT expense. Network-focused IT managed services guides you through the possibilities and challenges presented by changes in personnel and office environments that can squeeze your bandwidth and...

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Use IT to Increase Workplace Productivity - Get the Whitepaper!

April 21st, 2014 by admin

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It is vital that Information Technology enhance workplace productivity, rather than hinder it. With proper IT systems and management in place, it is possible to accomplish your work faster and with far less risk of downtime and technology inefficiencies. A productive IT environment also helps increase...

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Happy 31st Birthday, MPA Networks!

April 1st, 2014 by admin

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We are incredibly proud to launch into our 32nd year of business today! Thank you to our clients and wonderful team for making MPA Networks all it is today. "Without an amazing team, this simply does not happen," says Michael Price, CEO. Please take a look at our 30-year Anniversary timeline for more...

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Three Misconceptions about Cloud Computing Every SMB Owner Should Know

March 27th, 2014 by admin

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By this point, nearly every small and medium sized business owner has heard of the cloud and has a basic understanding of cloud computing. A majority of them have probably even considered moving their data and applications to the cloud, not wishing to appear behind the times to both clients and employees,...

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud: a Heated IT Debate

March 18th, 2014 by admin

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With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, it may seem like any business that is NOT in the cloud is woefully behind the times. As an IT Managed Services Provider, we hear the following questions from clients and prospective clients all the time: "Should we move to the cloud?" "The cloud is faster...

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MPA Networks Named to CRN's Pioneer 250 List of Top US Managed Service Providers

February 24th, 2014 by admin

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We are thrilled to be named to CRN’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. CRN is the leading media outlet for technology vendors and solution providers attempting to understand sales and service channels. The annual list recognizes the top technology providers and...

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How do I Love my Managed Service Provider? Let me Count the Ways

February 14th, 2014 by admin

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In honor of Valentine's Day, let's take a moment to spread some MSP love and appreciate IT Services providers everywhere. How do I love my Managed Service Provider and hotshot team of network support engineers? Let me count the ways: They deliver IT Peace of Mind.  They give technology therapy sessions....

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3 Tips to Leverage Your IT Labor Costs

February 7th, 2014 by admin

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I'll make a decent bet that your greatest Information Technology costs are not related to hardware and software. In fact, they're probably not related to physical technology at all. What is Your Greatest IT cost? Support labor! IT labor costs can be incredibly expensive, especially...

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Want Information Technology with Strong ROI? Take this Critical First Step.

January 30th, 2014 by admin

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Escape the Dreaded 'IT Money Pit' Information Technology is the backbone of modern business - it is the infrastructure on which businesses run and employees work. It is the wheel that keeps everything rolling smoothly. As such, it makes perfect sense our IT should be reliable and contribute to solid...

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The Remarkable Truth about Information Technology and your ROI

January 24th, 2014 by admin

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If we asked you a very simple question — what is Information Technology? —  how would you respond?  What would come to mind? We're guessing you would focus on computers, flashing lights, monitor screens, and server rooms, right?  Perhaps even throw in printers, phone systems, and mobile devices...

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Resolve to Maximize IT Productivity in 2014!

January 16th, 2014 by admin

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The new year's festivities have come and gone, and for better or worse, it's time to get back in the saddle. This first month back at work is the perfect time to consider business goals for the coming year and determine how to make your business more productive, profitable, and enjoyable for you and...

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5 Things you should do TODAY (and everyday) to preserve your IT systems

November 6th, 2013 by admin

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The 5 basic tips below are essential to maintaining the health and efficiency of your network, servers, and computer systems. Please consult an expert IT Consultant or Managed Service Provider for more information about protecting your IT systems. 1. BACKUP - Data loss is a very real threat and...

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How a Managed Service Provider Can Increase ROI and Influence Long-Term Business Success

September 30th, 2013 by admin

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Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the longevity and productivity of your SMB. Why? An experienced MSP is a true business partner, reduces and streamlines IT costs, and takes a proactive approach to your IT and long-term business...

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4 Crucial Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

August 27th, 2013 by admin

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Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are tasked with the critically important job of managing IT to help businesses run smoothly. Information Technology is the foundation upon which businesses operate, communicate, and grow, and must therefore be well monitored and cared for. What many business...

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The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

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Downtime - it isn't always what you think! When you think downtime, I'm sure you're picturing the results of a total IT disaster - perhaps a flood destroying the server room or a malicious virus that hacks the network, forcing everyone to close up shop. This is the kind of downtime that may take...

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