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...

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Increase Communication and Collaboration with Our Cloud Solutions

December 1st, 2020 by admin

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Businesses that have switched to a remote workforce are faced with new challenges such as collaboration and communication. Employees who are used to working in an office environment may find the transition difficult since they can no longer pop into...

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Our Technology Thwarts Cryptojacking

October 15th, 2020 by admin

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SAN MATEO, CA - MPA Networks, Inc., a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), is helping small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to prevent cryptojacking attacks from damaging their organizations. Cryptojacking attacks, are derived from the...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Leveraging Microsoft Azure to Take Customers Into the Cloud Cost Effectively

April 9th, 2020 by admin

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SAN MATEO, CA - We are leveraging Microsoft Azure to help eliminate outdated IT hardware in small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and make a seamless transition to the cloud. Microsoft’s most common suite of products has reached expiration such...

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Leverage the Power of Microsoft Teams to Collaborate More Effectively

March 10th, 2020 by admin

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SAN MATEO, CA – MPA Networks, Inc., a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company is leveraging the power of Microsoft Teams to help companies collaborate faster and more effectively. As we enter a new decade,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Addressing the Unique Ransomware IT Security Issues in Healthcare

August 8th, 2017 by admin

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Ransomware, a type of malware that holds a computer hostage and tries to force the victim to pay money to recover access, is a nightmare for any business, but the healthcare industry faces the more severe side of a ransomware attack. The healthcare industry...

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Boost Productivity and Security with Google's Cloud Applications

January 11th, 2017 by admin

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For anyone unfamiliar with the Google Applications platform, Google Docs et al. are a Cloud-based spin on mainstay office suite programs that can help your staff work better together. With a zero-dollar price tag (compared with Microsoft Office's...

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Looking Forward: Cloud Services Costs and Opportunities

January 5th, 2017 by admin

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If your small-to-medium business (SMB) isn't looking at ways to increase productivity through Cloud services, you could be missing out on exciting opportunities. But while the Cloud offers countless opportunities for business expansion, it can also taking...

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The Benefits of Backups

November 16th, 2016 by admin

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Even seasoned IT pros have made the mistake of not backing up a device—and panicked after losing countless important files because the device failed. We may know better, yes, but that doesn’t mean we’re perfect. On the flip side, we’ve all...

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Are Chromebooks Right for YOUR Business?

September 7th, 2016 by admin

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Google’s Chromebook platform has the potential to replace traditional laptops and increase productivity for businesses, much like it has in the consumer market at large. For the uninitiated, Chromebooks are Cloud-oriented laptops that run most operations...

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Looking at Data Storage Longevity

August 2nd, 2016 by admin

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Not all storage devices were built to stand the test of time, so it’s important for every business to ensure its data is backed up on a reliable platform. If you’ve ever needed to reference financial records or court cases from a decade ago, you’ll...

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New Ransomware Good Reminder to Practice Thorough Data Backup

February 17th, 2016 by admin

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A new combination of a sophisticated password-stealing Trojan, powerful exploit kit, and content-encrypting ransomware is making its way around the Internet infecting Windows users. If it hits your business, you’re looking at a considerable loss of...

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Transitioning to the Cloud? “Know Before You Go”

January 26th, 2016 by admin

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The Cloud is here to stay—and growing before our eyes. Even the customer segment that the marketing world terms late adopters—the last people to "get on the boat" of tech trends—are finally taking a hard look at migrating at least some of their IT to...

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3 Incredible Benefits of Protecting Your Cloud Data with Two-Step Verification

October 16th, 2015 by admin

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Online security breaches can be expensive and productivity-killing events. When a nefarious third party acquires an employee password, it’s no party at all. Many online businesses have begun using Two-Step Verification, also known as Two-Factor Authentication,...

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BYOD Is Here: Where’s Your Company Policy?

September 11th, 2015 by admin

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Once upon a time, IT administrators offered company-issued hardware to employees based upon something akin to Henry Ford's "Model T" approach: "You can have any equipment you want, as long as it's whatever we have for you." In light of the...

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Desktop-as-a-Service: Start with the Right Roadmap

August 27th, 2015 by admin

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In this third installment of our blog series on Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Cloud-hosted virtual workspaces, we'd like to pass along a few pointers about when and how to plan a successful structured deployment within your organization. Everything...

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Hidden Costs of DaaS Service? Know What to Look For

August 19th, 2015 by admin

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Back in July, we talked about the emergence of Cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). From overall cost to scalability, mobility, and security, more IT decision-makers are recognizing DaaS as simply a better alternative to traditional networks...

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DaaS and the Virtual Workspace: The Next Big Thing?

July 30th, 2015 by admin

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We've recently received quite a few questions regarding "virtual workspaces." Particularly in light of the imminent release of the next version of Windows (which, as we've discussed, won't come cheaply for enterprise users), will virtual workspaces...

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Small Business Disaster Recovery Solutions

July 10th, 2015 by admin

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“Disaster”: the word itself is synonymous with trauma. Of course, even after a traumatic event, there is an opportunity to rebuild. Restoring your data is a critical part of rebuilding your infrastructure and your business after a physical or virtual...

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The Cloud: An Eco-Friendly Alternative?

June 11th, 2015 by admin

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April 22 marked the annual worldwide observance of Earth Day. This made us think about the role small businesses play in the "Go Green" movement. Many companies have a genuine concern for preserving our planet's natural resources—even if many hotels...

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Is Tape Storage (Completely) Dead?

May 28th, 2015 by admin

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If you're over 40, you probably remember the original Sony Walkman—the freedom of listening to a single cassette tape in portable stereo. Even if you still have a few favorite cassette tapes packed away somewhere, where could you listen to them today?...

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Disaster Recovery: Smart Ways to Work Around a Broken System

February 4th, 2015 by admin

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Computers have a knack for breaking at the most inconvenient time. Murphy’s Law is alive and well. But you don’t need to wait for IT repairs in order to get an employee back to work: smart techniques and planning can minimize your downtime so you can...

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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...

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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...

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'Tis the Season—for Small Business Cybercrime. Here’s How to Protect Your Company

January 7th, 2015 by admin

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The holiday season means more than shopping and gift giving. It also now marks prime season for cybercriminals and hackers around the world — and they're coming after small businesses in the U.S. "Targeting" Target—via Small Businesses You may have...

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Increase Productivity with Cloud Systems

December 23rd, 2014 by admin

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Cloud-based applications have the potential to increase productivity for your business. By de-localizing your computing resources, your employees can benefit from ease of access, broader device compatibility, and reliance on local hardware. IT Managed...

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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,...

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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...

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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:...

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