This Week In IT: 12/14/12

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This Week On Tom's IT Pro: Public Clouds: Matters Of The External Connection, The Microserver: Three Key Players, Three Different Views, Slideshow: Top Ten Major Security Breaches of 2012, Trend Analysis: The Cloud and Mobile Device Security,  Slideshow: Essential Proprietary Network Admin Tools.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 supports the Trusted Platform Module.

This TCP/IP can reach up to 940 Mbps using the dual-core Zynq-7000 Soc from Xilinx.

Rackspace is building out its Open Cloud platform by adding Managed and Critical Application Services.

Public Clouds: Matters Of The External Connection

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.

ActiveState announced that HP has licensed the Stackato application platform for the HP Cloud PaaS.

SmartCloud Docs is a cloud-based office productivity suite with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation features.

Research in Motion has begun pitching upgrade incentives for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform.

The FreeBSD Foundation is still looking for donors who can help the organization to reach its 2013 funding target of $500,000.

The Microserver: Three Key Players, Three Different Views

The thought that processor architectures we are using in our phones and everyday appliances could power very specific portions of the future data center is intriguing.

IBM said that it can now build a "silicon nanophotonics" chip in a sub-100 nm manufacturing process.

RIM wants to get your business prepared for the new BlackBerry 10 platform. 

Super Micro has launched a new line of 2U and 4U/Tower platforms. 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 beta offers a number of new features and enhancements.

Slideshow: Top Ten Major Security Breaches of 2012

Take heed from these cautionary tales: Here are ten terrible security breaches that occurred in 2012.

While traditional malware is not retracting, all reports agree that mobile platforms, as well as a cloud environments, provide a growing attack surface which needs to be taken seriously by organizations.

Amazon's AWS Marketplace now offers Windows-based software that can be purchased and deployed in just minutes.

Now officially offering its public cloud, HP Cloud Compute, as a pay-as-you-go service. 

When your data management requirements do not demand all the features of a relational database you should consider an alternative method.

Slideshow: Essential Proprietary Network Admin Tools


Keeping the right tools in reach will provide the capability to get the right answers fast and efficiently when trouble rears its ugly head.

As far as buzzwords go, the "cloud" we so often refer to these days is about as fuzzy as it can get. 

Server hardware is often optimized for a particular mix of three resources: compute capability, storage, and network connectivity. 

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 internet.com 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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