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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 »

AWS re:Invent 2016 announcements – Dec. 1, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Highlights from day two of AWS reInvent courtesy the AWS analyst relations department. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate A fully managed Chef Automate environment, available through AWS OpsWorks, to fuel even more automation and reduce the heavy lifting associated with continuous deployment. For more info, please see the blog and product page. Amazon EC2 Systems Manager A collection… Read More »

AWS re:Invent 2016 announcements – Nov. 30, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Highlights from day one of AWS reInvent courtesy the AWS analyst relations department. AWS Snowmobile – Move Exabytes of Data to the Cloud in Weeks AWS Snowmobile is a new way for customers to migrate large amounts of on-premises data (exabytes, for example) to the cloud. AWS Snowmobile is a ruggedized, tamper-resistant shipping container 45 feet long, 9.6… Read More »

A Closer Look At Google Cloud: Don’t Dismiss It

By | November 11, 2016

Google Cloud services have evolved significantly over the past year, with an eye toward the enterprise. But there’s still room for improvement in 2017. The popularity of Amazon Web Services’ public cloud makes it easy to overlook other large, competitive infrastructure as a service options, such as Google Cloud Platform. Most people are familiar with Google’s cloud offerings… Read More »

How-to: Exporting Data from AWS and Avoiding Hotel California

By | November 10, 2016

It’s easy to migrate data to the cloud, but not as easy to get data out. AWS has eased some lock-in concerns with data export and transfer techniques. Cloud data lock-in is a perennial concern of IT execs who fear that once they move applications and data to an infrastructure as a service provider, technical constraints will make… Read More »

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »

Using Business Process Management Methodology To Deliver IT-as-a-Service

By | October 6, 2016

In many organizations, the IT department was an evolutionary outgrowth of increased dependence on technology. This meant IT itself was often organized around technologies, not business processes or salable products. The resulting IT silos, marred by intra-departmental finger-pointing and information hoarding, create inefficient operations, poor IT service delivery and slow responsiveness to new service requests. Indeed, IT is… Read More »

3D Graphics as a Service: A Look at AWS Lumberyard

By | October 2, 2016

As AWS continues to evolve, it moves from being an infrastructure as a service provider to a platform for application development and runtime infrastructure. While many AWS back-end services are tailored to the enterprise, other services such as Mobile Hub and Device Farm have commercial uses. And Amazon Lumberyard is the newest among those. On the surface, Lumberyard… Read More »

Functions As A Service: Comparing Offerings From AWS and Azure 

By | October 2, 2016

Despite the advantages of cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, they still come with overhead. Whether its virtual servers, object storage buckets or SQL databases, you must provision resources before using them. While that seems like an obvious requirement, it does add cost, time and friction to the cloud experience. But what if the… Read More »

Modernizing Business Applications, Part 1: Overview and Rationale

By | October 1, 2016

In IT, each generational transition has called for modernizing and redesigning applications, business processes and IT infrastructure to exploit new capabilities and efficiencies. This occurred when PCs and LANs usurped the mainframe and drove client-server computing, eliminating expensive hardware and the issue of data scarcity. Innovation happened again when the internet and WANs disrupted client-server computing, and then… Read More »

Amazon RDS Options: Ample Choices For Every Database Scenario

By | September 21, 2016

With scores of different services, AWS can be daunting to new users. Indeed, it exemplifies the paradox of choice, namely that having more options and degrees of freedom creates complexity that makes it harder to make a decision. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the choice of databases. AWS has six database products, including two different relational… Read More »