This Week In IT: 2/15/13

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This Week On Tom's IT Pro: Crash Course in Network Performance Monitoring, Application Control: How to Detect Performance Bottlenecks, VLANs, Subnets and Confusion – How to Monitor Complex Networks, Getting Started with the Cloud: Amazon EC2 Cloud, and more.

Ed Tittel provides career planning and advancement advice to Shankar, an IT contractor from India currently working in the U.S. 

Continuum Analytics, a developer of Python-based data analytics solutions and services, receives about $3 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Arbor Networks releases new edition of its Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report.

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

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.

Virtualizing an IT environment from a mainframe guy's perspective.

Businesses deploying converged infrastructure technologies in integrated solutions that more tightly align and even accelerate the value of information technology to help drive better business results.

It can be incredibly frustrating for the IT teams accountable for identity and access management to be constantly adjusting their systems in response to shifting regulatory compliance requirements. 

Provide peek into analysts’ crystal ball by pinpointing emerging (and growing!) tech trends.

MySQL gets a major upgrade, but is it too little too late?

A Crash Course in Network Performance Monitoring: A Manager’s Guide

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

A fly-through of Intel's S2600CP motherboard. 

Technology that enables the communication between two devices over a cellular network to collect and analyze data and more.

The cloud a key component of enterprises ability to gain unconstrained access to information and IT resources.

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

Slideshow: Buyer’s Guide - WAN Optimization Appliances

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

Following these steps to gain a mobile structure that can be grown to accommodate new features within an app or new sections within a wireless Web site.

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

Are the recent attacks on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other U.S. institutions responsible?

Latest Software Patch covers 12 security bulletins, with two critical ones for Exchange.

VIDEO: How Secure Are Your Mobile Devices?

Enterprise mobile devices are proliferating like rabbits in the spring. Rachel Rosmarin tells you how to keep them under control.

A 3D fly-through of Intel's S2600IP motherboard.

Build an arsenal of business and people skills to turn drive and vision into any kind of real success.

Identifies critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player; urges users to update immediately.

Dell and Cisco each launch data center switches compatible with software-defined networking protocols.

Straight talk about cloud services.

Getting Started with the Cloud: Amazon EC2 Cloud

In this article, part of our ongoing IaaS Buyer's Guide, we take a look at working with Amazon’s EC2 cloud and some of its related services. 

Announces two major improvements to their MetroX RDMA InfiniBand and Ethernet long-haul interconnect solutions. 

IDC study finds a high correlation between blade platform adoption and lower per user infrastructure costs among a wide range of businesses. 

Cisco announces several new products to enable the "industry's fastest" open networking fabric for data centers.

Consider the orders of magnitude (and sheer manufacturing prowess) required to morph the very first 4-Bit microprocessors into the multicore powerhouses we use today.

Control Costs When Pursuing IT Training at a University

Ed Tittel advises a Marine veteran interested in pursuing college training in information technology. 

Converged storage controls explosive data growth while maintaining operational efficiency and simplicity. 

A visual walk through the history of Intel processors from the early 1970s to today.

The right mix of reading, studying, and hands-on learning and experimentation will get you the knowledge you need to further career in IT.

VIDEO: Big Data, Big Hardware, Big Software

As data grows so must the hardware, software and access tools to give it meaning.

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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