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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 »

EMC World 2015 Highlights: Building For The Cloud

By | May 27, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchSOA as EMC builds for cloud and next-generation applications EMC World is the company’s traditional venue for major announcements, but this year the company’s premier event for customers, partners, analysts and journalists included more than just a laundry list of product updates. Sure, there was plenty of new hardware, like a… Read More »

Former Allies Now Frenemies, Cisco and EMC Chart Similar Course To Maintain Dominance

By | May 18, 2015

 Commodification promised to kill old tech stalwarts like Cisco, EMC and Oracle as standardized, mass produced hardware paired with open source software undermined their high-margin businesses. However the road to irrelevance was detoured by an instinctive response: adapt or die. Each company’s resulting metamorphosis from peddling boxes to building full stack IT systems has been both predictable and impressive. Predictable… Read More »

Calculating Total Cost Of AWS Deployments Is Easier Said Than Done

By | May 14, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Calculating the true cost of AWS application development Cloud services are an easy sell: the continuously declining prices, frictionless setup, low cost of entry, offloaded admin headaches and inherent scalability are a compelling combination. It’s equally hard to argue with the long-term economic advantage of warehouse scale computing in… Read More »

Haswell Redesign of Intel Xeon E7 Made for Big Memory Workloads

By | May 13, 2015

Note: a version of this article appeared on TechTarget: The Intel E7 v3 processor entered the ring against IBM Power and other systems. But will the new BI features be enough to take over scale-up workloads? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development strategy of alternating between process node shrinks and new microarchitectures has a long, consistent track record of product improvements.… Read More »

Should IT Scale Up Or Scale Out? Intel, EMC Committed to Both

By | May 13, 2015

A juxtaposition of events last week saw several major technology companies reveal key strategies and product updates that collectively served to illustrate the ongoing struggles of old tech blue bloods from the client-server era striving for relevance in the world of mobile devices, social software, cloud services and big data analytics. Together, this amalgam of technologies are the… Read More »

PC Fixation Blinds Wall Street To Strategic Pivots By Intel, Microsoft: Thriving In The Post-PC World

By | April 21, 2015

It’s a tiresome routine. Every quarter Wall Street analysts calibrate their earnings estimates for Intel Intel, Microsoft Microsoft, Micron and other ‘old tech’ companies according to the latest IDC and Gartner Gartner PC sales figures. PC sales down? Intel and Microsoft are sure to take a beating. It’s as if these are still monolithic businesses stuck in 1995.… Read More »

Going to the Clouds: Survey Shows Broader Use of Cloud Services

By | March 5, 2015

The move of IT infrastructure from internally owned and operated systems to central, online, utility-like services seems both inevitable and inexorable. But as I write in this column, those of us that expound the benefits of cloud services must calibrate our analysis and opinions with real world data about what actual operators of business IT systems are doing. Although… Read More »

Down, But Not Out: Still Time for IBM to Adapt to Cloud IT

By | February 17, 2015

Disruptive technologies are a time-tested means of upending the business environment. Remember Western Union? No, not the money order company, but the one that lost its communication empire to Bell Telephone. How about former business giants like Kodak, Motorola, WorldCom and most recently, Radio Shack, that once dominated their field and are no longer with us. All were undone by… Read More »

Why Bad News For IBM Is Good News Your Business, But Only If IT Exploits

By | February 8, 2015

The news from IBM, which has been uniformly grim for years, gives the impression of a venerable tech giant in a death spiral. I don’t succumb to such fatalism and believe Big Blue’s problems aren’t terminal, indeed my next column will offer suggestions for how it can adapt to the new world order of cloud IT. Still, there’s no denying… Read More »

Box Delayed Its IPO To Refocus Strategy, But It Still Lacks A Competitive Moat

By | February 5, 2015

Almost a year after first filing the paperwork, Box IPO’d to much investor interest, up 70% on the first day of trading. The intervening weeks haven’t been so kind as Box now trades off almost 30% from its high that day even as the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite index is flat. As I wrote in this column, Box’s saga from cash-burning… Read More »