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MERIT Solutions has been serving the Chesapeake area since 1982, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

What Should We Expect the Workplace to Look Like After COVID-19?

What Should We Expect the Workplace to Look Like After COVID-19?

With numerous vaccines now being deployed, it finally seems that there is an end to the COVID-19 pandemic at some point in the future. While we still have some ways to go, it would be helpful to look ahead and plan for how we can implement some of the lessons this period has taught us—especially in the workplace.

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Backup Is a Critical IT Function

Backup Is a Critical IT Function

Businesses generate and collect a huge amount of data and some of it is practically useless. Other files, however, are critical to your business and operations. The important files require redundancy. This is why it is important to back up your data. 

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A Solid Disaster Recovery Strategy Can Save Your Business

A Solid Disaster Recovery Strategy Can Save Your Business

Not all businesses will look at disaster recovery the same way, but if you want your business to have the kind of continuity that will allow it to get through tough situations, doing your best to formally create a disaster recovery policy will put you in the position to weather any storm you encounter.

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VoIP Is a Solid Tool for Business

VoIP Is a Solid Tool for Business

Nothing changes the fortunes of a business more than clear lines of communication and with nearly every organization looking to reduce redundancies, a lot of businesses are starting to take advantage of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions, using the resources they already have in place to avoid paying twice over. 

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The Cloud Is Serious Business

The Cloud Is Serious Business

The cloud has been a good resource for business for quite a while. Just how good? Currently, nine-out-of-ten businesses operate with some type of cloud-hosted solution. In fact, by the figures, we’re looking at a cloud-hosted future. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the cloud computing stats and trends to paint a picture of just how the cloud has grown up. 

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Downtime Is Costly and Bad for Business

Downtime Is Costly and Bad for Business

There are a lot of words that a business owner doesn’t like to hear. One of the worst has to be downtime as it signifies waste. This month, we’ll examine the effects of downtime and how to calculate the financial impact of a downtime event.

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Cybersecurity Can’t Be Based on Luck

Cybersecurity Can’t Be Based on Luck

Over a quarter of all data breaches happen to small businesses. The cost of a data breach is really prohibitive to your business’ operational and financial health. To keep your business’ data and infrastructure free of threats and relatively secure, small businesses will need a combination of useful technology tools and well-designed strategies. Let’s take a look at several steps your small business can take to secure itself from digital theft.

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Technical Expertise Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg for an MSP

Technical Expertise Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg for an MSP

Your organization needs its technology to fuel its day-to-day operations. That means they need to be maintained. Organizations that don’t have an IT department will often look to use different strategies to ensure their IT is up and running. Without the proper expertise, however, keeping this technology maintained can be a major problem. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbating Cyberthreats

COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbating Cyberthreats

Keeping your network and infrastructure free from threats is always a priority, but with so many people working remotely, businesses have encountered problems doing so. In fact, hackers and scammers have come out of the woodwork to try and gain entry into unauthorized networks or to flat-out steal data. This month, we thought we would take a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the threats out there. 

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Backup Can Really Save Your Business’ Bacon

Backup Can Really Save Your Business’ Bacon

The question this article will present is simple: Does your business have a dedicated data backup and disaster recovery system? A comprehensive backup and disaster recovery platform (BDR) can turn out to be one of the most critical parts of managing a business’ IT infrastructure, and if you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. 

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MSPs Can Help you Track Your Technology

MSPs Can Help you Track Your Technology

Do you have any idea when the last time your copier was serviced? Do you know if the software your business depends on has been updated and patched? If you have no idea about the answers to these questions, you may be staring disaster in the face. This month we thought we’d discuss how you can ensure that your technology is managed and how you can keep your business from being jeopardized by a catastrophic operational problem. 

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Cut Your Support Costs Without Hurting Your Business

Cut Your Support Costs Without Hurting Your Business

If you’re trying to minimize your operating costs to give you more capital to build your business, it is important to keep in mind that sacrifice isn’t your only option. Instead, you also have the option of streamlining and minimizing some of your larger expenses by enlisting a managed services provider (MSP) and the more sustainable business model we adhere to.

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What Kind of Network Would Best Serve Your Business?

What Kind of Network Would Best Serve Your Business?

The way your business uses and accesses data is changing. A short time ago, you couldn’t imagine that you would have a comprehensive strategy to keep data secure when sending and receiving it wirelessly, but today wireless transmission methods have become more secure, reliable, and fast. This month, we’ll take a look at the difference between wired and wireless connections in the modern business.

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Switching to VoIP Can Be Good for Your Business

Switching to VoIP Can Be Good for Your Business

There aren’t many technological assets as important for the modern business than its communications solutions. The telephone, while being one of the oldest currently utilized communications systems available, is still the most utilized. Today, we will look at business telephone systems and why choosing Voice over Internet Protocol simply makes sense for your business. 

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Security Best Practices that Get Overlooked

Security Best Practices that Get Overlooked

Security is a major part of any business, and if there isn’t a diligent approach to the implementation of it, you can be left with huge holes in your network. This month, we thought we would discuss some of the best practices you can take to make sure that your organization’s security is in the best possible position to protect your digital resources. 

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Where Mobility Gets Shaky

Where Mobility Gets Shaky

Business is more mobile now than it has ever been. For the most part, this uptick in mobility has helped sustain some business at a time when many would be expected to fail, but mobility isn’t all good. This month we thought we would take a long look at mobility and how it can be a problem for modern businesses.

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Has COVID-19 Pushed Your Organization Apart?

Has COVID-19 Pushed Your Organization Apart?

This year hasn’t been easy for anyone. Many businesses have closed, some have reduced their workforces, some have pushed their employees to work long hours from home. Regardless of your current position, you have to make efforts to keep the lifeblood of your business, your staff, engaged to keep turnover from becoming a major problem. This month, we thought we would look at the current situation and give a couple of examples of how you can keep from alienating your employees.

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There’s No Disaster Recovery Without Data Backup

There’s No Disaster Recovery Without Data Backup

It doesn’t take a deep thinker to know that your business is extremely limited without its data. There are dozens of antivirus solutions on the market for this very reason. One of the best ways to protect your digital assets is to back up data using a reliable backup platform. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few basic considerations to make if you want a data backup that you can trust.

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The Basics of Business Continuity Planning

The Basics of Business Continuity Planning

Situations happen all the time to businesses that can really put a lot of stress on their ability to sustain operations. These situations don’t often remediate themselves. Simply put, every business needs a business continuity plan; and one-in-five don’t have one. This month, we thought we would break down a successful plan into its components to try to give businesses that may not have a plan, the basics needed to establish one.

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How Unified Communications Improves Productivity

How Unified Communications Improves Productivity

Unified communications might seem like a pipe dream, but today with cloud-hosted solutions, it is not only possible, but simpler to deploy than you may realize. This month, we’ll take you through what a unified communications platform is and how it can help your business be more efficient and productive. 

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