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Welcome to MarkoInsights

By | May 1, 2014

Welcome to MarkoInsights, my new online home where you’re all invited to join in what I hope will be a mutually beneficial exploration of the always fascinating world of technology, where the implications for business, personal life and society have never been greater. We collectively are inventing the future and I hope to provide insights into not only what is… Read More »

Composite Applications and Next-Gen APM: A Fusion of Dev And Ops

By | July 22, 2015

Applications used to be so simple, some self-contained code linked with a few system libraries that accessed local data: a distinct bundle where everything required was on a single machine. Client-server software complicated things a bit, but the demarcation was clean and the hub-spoke design pattern straightforward. No longer. Apps are now composite mashups, often mixing custom and… Read More »

Smart Consolidation: Make Branch Offices Server Free with WAN Appliances

By | July 20, 2015

A version of this article, with complete coverage of  branch office WAN appliances, use cases and recommendations is available this Channel Partners report. With the pressure on IT to deliver new services without bigger budgets, organizations large and small are under pressure to cut costs and increase efficiency while simultaneously improving application performance and security. It’s a tall… Read More »

Security’s Silver Bullet Is Virtualization: Bromium, Microsoft, VMware Show How

By | July 15, 2015

Virtualization has long been used to wring efficiency out of over-sized, under-used systems, but isolating applications and operating systems from the underlying hardware also produces immense flexibility that cloud services like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud exploit to deliver infrastructure on demand. Yet virtualization has become instrumental to solving the most vexing and serious problem facing IT providers… Read More »

Bimodal IT Explained: It Doesn’t Imply Bipolar Organizations, but the Path to IT Transformation

By | July 13, 2015

Never underestimate a buzzword’s power to frame the discussion. As I recently discussed, the term bimodal IT has captured the imagination and polemical energy of technology commentators and like many IT discussions in the age of 140-character commentary, it often degenerates into polarized, all-or-nothing positions. Using a variant of the classic reductio ad absurdum strategy, critiques of bimodal IT… Read More »

PaaS Product Survey: Focus on Features and Ecosystem, Not Cost

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on Tech Target SearchCloudApplications as Comparing features, tiers and pricing of PaaS vendors Cost isn’t the most important factor when evaluating cloud application platforms, but you must understanding the cost models Cloud services are supposed to make things easier for IT, application developers, business buyers and software users and they largely live up… Read More »

How to Use CloudTrail to Guard AWS Applications

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Police your public cloud with AWS CloudTrail CloudTrail is a powerful tool for monitoring and auditing AWS deployments, but as a relatively new service, introduced in late 2013, many AWS users may not be aware of its capabilities and potential.  As we summarized in this article on AWS… Read More »

Google Isn’t So Much Waging War on App as Making Them Irrelevant

By | June 24, 2015

Browsers, the quintessential and supremely flexible Web application that can morph from video player to newspaper to photo gallery with the simple change of a URL has been usurped in the mobile era by the app. These single purpose walled gardens create an irresistibly convenient alternative that is optimized for the small screen and limited navigational space of… Read More »

For Hospitality Business, Mobility is Mandatory

By | June 16, 2015

For hospitality executives and their partners, failing to build a first-class mobile experience could be a mistake of existential proportions. In this business, providing a home away from home has always been the goal. And that requires a solid wireless network foundation to support customer requirements and new mobile apps. In this report (registration required) I detail how… Read More »

Hybrid Cloud, Bimodal IT? Buzzwords Reflect New Ways of Building Services

By | June 16, 2015

IT analysts are like fashion designers, always searching for something new, even if that means recycling age-old concepts in new terminology. Yet the creative linguistics can often mask more important truths about effectively building and operating IT services. Like successful fashionistas, IT leaders need to stay on top of the latest trends if only to be prepared when… Read More »

Intel Sees Future of FPGA-Accelerated Hardware, But it Requires New Software

By | June 9, 2015

With last week’s big Altera acquisition Intel made an expensive bet on a future of data center hardware that uses significantly more customized designs than today’s monolithic racks of commodity x86 servers. As I wrote at the time, “The only justification for Intel’s move can be its perception of a secular technology shift from commodity processors to custom… Read More »