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5 Ways to Tell if Your IT Department is Strained

Posted by Craig on July 12, 2017

Intellectual property, sensitive information and personal data make up the heartbeat of any enterprise. As your organization becomes increasingly reliant on these systems that grow every year in complexity, your IT department can start to feel the squeeze. When IT isn't your organization's primary purpose, it's easy to miss the signs of IT strain. Let's take a moment and go over a few indicators your team of intrepid analysts, technicians and engineers may need some help!

Ransomware is a Harsh Reminder to Backup and Protect Your Systems

Posted by Craig on May 17, 2017

The spread of WannaCry and Petya earlier in 2017 has been a harsh reminder to backup and protect your computers and network. WannaCry, also known as WCry, and Petya are a malicious pieces of software called ransomware. Ransomware is a computer attack, usually a Trojan, that encrypts your computer’s files and demands payment to decrypt and unlock them. You are effectively locked out from your own files until you pay the ransom.

4 Reasons to Backup to the Cloud

Posted by Craig on April 19, 2017

We've talked about backups here on the A&A Blog in the past. We're a big fan of backups! Unfortunately, far too many organizations are not quite the fans we are here at A&A.

Office Technology Security Key Theme at A&A's SecTech Summit Event

Posted by Craig on April 05, 2017

Technology security is on everyone's mind these days, and rightfully so. Big data is a big deal. Digital information has never been more convenient, but, whether it's your credit card information at your favorite store or workplace's network infrastructure, it's never been more enticing for unscrupulous hackers.

Getting Started With a Backup Plan For Your Business

Posted by Craig on March 16, 2017

It goes without saying, but a friendly reminder never hurts:

Backup your data. Always. Then back it up again.

3 Features of Ricoh ICE That Will Breathe New Life Into Your Documents

Posted by Craig on February 20, 2017

As the mechanisms that run our businesses become ever more digital in nature, one thing is certain: If your documents are in paper form only, your information is trapped and isn't serving you as well as it could be. If your documents are electronic, however, the content can be easily retrieved or integrated into time-saving workflows.

Integrated Cloud Environment from Ricoh, better known as Ricoh ICE, sounds a bit like marketing gibberish, but it really is the linking point between your lifeless paper documents and the limitless potential of a vibrant electronic format.

Because ICE is a low-cost subscription, so there's no need for additional software. ICE works right with your existing Ricoh or Savin MFP, but that's not even the best part!

5 Benefits of Colocation

Posted by Francesca Torelli on January 25, 2017

Many organizations are now choosing to co-locate their data off premise at a secure data center or another location outside of their office. But what is colocation? And why are so many organizations choosing this service?


Before we can answer the why, we should probably understand what colocation is! Colocation is a service that allows an organization to rack their servers and other computing hardware in a cabinet in a secure, third-party data center. An easy way to understanding colocation is to think of it like a hotel but for servers and computers. Just like you would rent a room to stay in, a datacenter consists of cabinets that hold each individual server.

Disaster Recovery Plans and Why Your Business Needs One

Posted by Francesca Torelli on January 11, 2017

A question that is often overlooked by many businesses is “Do we have a disaster recovery plan?” Now, you are probably thinking that it’s not important but a DR plan is one of the most important plans you should have for your business continuity. It could potentially save your business one day and without one you all of your hard work could be gone in an instant.

Where is The Cloud? Where's My Stuff?

Posted by Craig on November 17, 2016

In 1997, the former CEO of Apple, the late Steve Jobs, described a process internal at Apple wherein he would upload his personal files to a server, and from any computer, log in and access those files. The benefits, Jobs describes, is that he made his files accessible anywhere, reclaimed hard drive space on his personal computer and, because the server was faster than his computer, it was actually more efficient to do things this way.

Technically, this process had actually been very common since the early days of mainframe computing in the 1950s, but Jobs expressed hope that it would be available to the average customer for use in their everyday life in the future.

Steve Jobs was describing what we now call iCloud.