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Tech Round-up: 11/5/12-11/9/12

by on November 9, 2012

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye this week:

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, eWeek reported that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all had over 90% of their networks restored; Citrix suggested ways customers can avoid post-Sandy commuting issues by working from home; and GigaOM provided disaster planning tips for companies that don’t have the budget for a full-on business continuity plan.

Both Adobe Systems and VMware were victims of cyberattacks. NBC News reported that a zero day exploit was discovered in Adobe Reader 10 and 11. VMware advised customers to patch products after hackers released ESX hypervisor source code dating back to 2004.

ZDNet argued that companies can best leverage cloud platforms by focusing on application design and configuration. Also in cloud news, ComputerWorld examined why more companies are embracing the cloud. One reason is they view it as an escape hatch for overworked, out-of-space data centers too expensive to replace.

Infoworld was surprised the iPad mini worked well as a business tablet despite its small size. The news site also detailed how the new Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack tools benefits Windows administrators.

There were product announcements from Symantec, Dell Wyse, NetApp, and Citrix. As part of an increased focus on cloud computing, Symantec updated its Symantec Fire Sharing Encryption tool. Dell Wyse’s new Cloud Client Manager helps IT departments securely manage company and user-owned devices without constant installation, updates and maintenance.

NetApp updated its midrange storage arrays. The company also teamed with Citrix on new data sharing solutions. Citrix’s ShareFile customers can now access NetApp’s FAS and V-Series storage systems running clustered on NetApp’s Data ONTAP operating system.

Finally, ZDNet argued that with the popularity of BYOD, companies need to learn from consumer mobile apps when it comes to building better apps for their employees. They need to optimize the most important features/tasks for smaller screen sizes instead of just trying to use the desktop applications on mobile devices.

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