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Tech Round-up: 11/12/12-11/16/12

by on November 16, 2012

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

Just weeks after spearheading Microsoft’s Windows 8 official launch, Windows President Steven Sinofsky departed the company. Julie Larson-Green was named as his replacement.

ZDNet examined Microsoft’s strategy to get businesses to upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft’s basic argument is that companies already using Windows 7 won’t need to retest business software on the new operating system.

CRN reported that Hurricane Sandy led to a hiring spike because of a jump in workload.

The Washington Post revealed that President Obama signed a secret directive in mid-October to help thwart cyberattacks.

On the cloud front, Network World detailed why businesses should be more concerned with outages than data breaches; GigaOM examined how IT departments can evolve in an era of cloud computing and complex service-oriented systems; and InfoWorld explained how AppSense’s DataNow Essentials app can help manage cloud storage services when using mobile devices.

InfoWorld also offered three steps to a successful cloud database strategy. The first step is understanding what your data actually means before building new databases or migrating data.

Bloomberg reported that the BlackBerry 10 is scheduled to be released in February 2013 after almost a year of delays.

Tech Crunch revealed that Citrix is preparing to launch a new service called Cloud. It’s not clear whether it will be a new program or a relaunch of, the open-source cloud computing platform Citrix bought in 2011.

There were also announcements from VMware, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Check Point. VMware released an updated micro version of its Cloud Foundry PaaS; Cisco acquired automation software startup Cloupia; and Sourcefire expanded its FirePOWER appliance and software lineup.

Check Point announced ThreatCloud Managed Security Service, which monitors networks and gateways, and ThreatCloud Incident Response, which provides 24/7 assistance.

Finally, ZDNet detailed how social data is changing the ways companies are doing business.

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