This Week In IT: 2/22/13

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This Week On Tom's IT Pro: History of the Desktop OS,  Application Optimization, Internal Cloud Bandwidth Concerns, Detect Performance Bottlenecks, Application Optimization Appliances,  Worst Security Breaches of All Time,  The Dell Buyout, Adult Education for IT, and more.

Microsoft makes plans to integrate Skype’s instant messaging, voice and video calling service with Lync as rumors reemerge of Skype’s integration with Xbox.

HP reveals new integrative solutions: an Ethernet Switch, ProLiant blade, and Platinum Enclosure, along with two new HP StoreVirtual storage systems.

Enormous data breaches were much harder to accomplish in the days before networked electronic databases.

This article is the first of a series that examines public cloud security—its concerns, current status and questions potential adopters should ask. 

Fish tanks one of the better analogies for corporate IT management. 

Michael Dell romances investor Silver Lake to buyout the struggling company he founded. 

Slideshow: The History of the Desktop Operating System

Join us for a journey back in time and meet those operating systems that laid the foundation for the computer as we know it today.

There are several reasons why you should try virtualization. 

By monitoring the network, you’re really monitoring connectivity between devices and their performance.

Hosting company turned cloud computing champion competes intelligently by focusing on customer service and offering core cloud computing services. 

Simply taking a class isn’t necessarily going to boost your IT career all by itself.

Networks need to be simpler, flatter and more capable of meeting the high-scale demands of dynamic workloads.

VIDEO: Application Optimization Tune Ups Network Performance

Before dismissing network performance problems as something you can live with, consider the adverse impact slow application response times can have on your business. 

Largest PC-maker in the world might be letting its relationship with Microsoft turn a bit sour.

Redshift moved out of limited access and is now offering the cloud-based data warehouse service to all customers. 

The government gets serious about cybersecurity. 

Apple’s latest iOS 6.1 release has a serious bug when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange account.

Internal Cloud Bandwidth Concerns: The Buyer’s Perspective

IT departments generally overbuy or underbuy bandwidth because they lack a firm grasp on what applications require and what end-users expect and demand. 

Concludes that advanced persistent threats (APTs) could be creeping into IT by not being fully understood.

IT pros now looking to Quality of Service as way to alleviate the thorny network problems they wrestle with every day. 

Network administrators can streamline the troubleshooting process by deploying automated monitoring systems.

IT pros are finding that as networks grow in complexity, so does their maintenance and troubleshooting chores. 

Application Control: How to Detect Performance Bottlenecks

The ability to monitor applications to detect and respond to problems is becoming a must have capability for the seasoned IT pro.

When application components have been tuned but performance problems remain, the network becomes a prime suspect.

Networks are the backbone of IT service delivery. So when the network experiences problems, application performance can suffer.

What exactly can an IT pro do to head off the coming storm of overwhelming network traffic and prevent connectivity chaos?

It's a mistake for enterprises to assume that after making the move to a public cloud service that all “infrastructure has gone out the door” and bandwidth worries are no more.

Slideshow: Buyer's Guide - Application Optimization Appliances

As businesses struggle to meet the needs of remote, mobile and branch office users, IT pros are striving to find ways to improve the performance of line of business applications.

James Alan MillerJames Alan MillerJames Alan Miller is Managing Editor of Tom's IT Pro. He is a veteran technology journalist with over seventeen years of experience creating and developing magazine and online content. Founding editor of numerous business and enterprise computing sites at the network, James headed up the After Hours section at PC Magazine, as well as hardware and software sections of various Windows publications.

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