Tech Round-up: 12/17/12-12/21/12

By Kellye Garrett
Posted in Uncategorized
On December 21, 2012

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

Network World revealed that an issue with VMware View could allow hackers access to in-network files. VMware released a patch to fix the issue.

In other security news, CRN discussed Trojan.Batchwiper malware, which wipes hard drives; Computerworld reported on a botnet that sends SMS spam through Android phones; and Network World shared details on a newly written exploit that can take total control of Samsung devices.

As part of a series on the state of storage, CRN argued that the future of storage isn’t as revolutionary as some may think. IT professionals can expect to manage, store, and delete data in similar ways as they do today.

There were acquisitions by Dell, Blue Coat, and Cisco. Dell acquired data protection specialists Credent Technologies; Blue Coat entered into an agreement to acquire UTM networking firm Crossbeam; and Cisco announced its intent to acquire network policy management vendor BroadHop.

Ars Technica reported on rumors that Cisco was exiting the consumer business and selling its Linksys division. The company has remained mum on the matter.

In hiring news, Symantec named former Best Buy digital chief Stephen Gillett as its new Chief Operating Officer, and former Quest executive Jon Roll joined AppSense as its new Chief Technology Officer of Enterprise.

Finally, GigaOM discussed the growth of the software-as-a-service sector in 2012. Though it didn’t match its 2011 numbers, the SaaS market was up 20% this year and was outperforming traditional software companies.