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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 happening, but why and what it all means.  As I wrote in an inaugural… Read More »

The State of Open Source Enterprise Software: The GnuNew Manifesto

By | November 22, 2014

Open source software built the Internet, but for years was distrusted by large enterprises. That’s obviously changed with Linux servers, LAMP stacks and Hadoop cluster now common in enterprise data centers. But despite a history of strident debates, open source versus proprietary is no longer an either-or decision. Indeed, the distinction between the two is nuanced and hard to identify as vendors leverage freely available code, fund open source projects… Read More »

Mobile Security Isn’t an Oxymoron: Startups Up the Protection with New Tech

By | November 19, 2014

A year ago, Target was in the midst of being pwned by cyber criminals that turned the season into anything but a Merry Christmas. The retailer ultimately discovered that more than 70 million customers had their credit card information stolen by an exploit that cost the company upwards of $400 million and the CEO his job. The year since has been filled with cyber-breach-of-the-week headlines (we’re looking at you, JP… Read More »

The Software Defined Business: The New CA Stokes the App Economy

By | November 17, 2014

There’s an interesting dichotomy between old-tech and new-tech companies that crosses several dimensions: speed and level of innovation, financial performance and cultural work environment. It’s the contrast between tech stalwarts that gave us the PC, Internet and modern database and those from the post-PC generation whose origins date from the era of smartphones, social networks and cloud services. However as companies like a revitalized Microsoft under it’s cloud-savvy new CEO have demonstrated,… Read More »

Big Data with Connected Defenses: The Silver Bullet Cyber Security Needs

By | November 13, 2014

Cyber security news has been almost universally dispiriting for the last few years as the barrage of new exploits has created a sort of ‘breach fatigue’. As I wrote in this column, cyber security has been a losing game of whac-a-mole for years as the malefactors manage to pop out of new security holes faster than IT and their software suppliers can plug the last batch. With the knee-jerk IT response… Read More »

NetApp Doubles Down on the Cloud: Execs Pitch Storage as the Foundation

By | November 6, 2014

In a city where “doubling down” evokes images of smoke-filled rooms filled with gamblers donning shades pushing stacks of chips around a green felt table, as I detailed in this column, NetApp used its Insight conference in Las Vegas to do exactly that with a cloud-centric strategy that moves the company further away from its heritage as a storage box builder. It’s ironic that a company whose name derives from the word… Read More »

Big Data Overload Yields Start-ups With Innovative Analytic Tools and Services

By | October 20, 2014

The problem with big data is that there’s so much of it. No, that’s not a Yogi-ism, but an accurate description of the paradox facing many organizations today. Generating  and storing data is easier than ever. We’ve entered an era in which it is straightforward to collect a myriad of data, from the most mundane (think server logs or retail register receipts) to the most profound (like one’s genome or daily online… Read More »

Enterprise Server OS Update: Windows Domination at Risk

By | October 16, 2014

Server operating systems seem positively boring in an era of cloud infrastructure, omni-virtualization, mobilized business and big data, but they are a necessary component of enterprise applications that still influences many IT decisions. However, we’re undeniably in the midst of technology transitions that will have profound implications for the server OS landscape over the next product cycle, many of which present new challenges to the dominance of Windows Server in enterprise data… Read More »

EMC Defederation? Its SDDC Engineers Haven’t Gotten the Memo

By | October 9, 2014

Ever since rumors surfaced of a possible HP merger, and particularly since the latter’s own breakup announcement, EMC has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. As I write in this column, breaking up EMC’s federated structure actually seem more likely now that HP is splitting. Worse yet for EMC’s status quo, activist investors are calling for it to break itself apart by divesting VMware and Pivotal, meaning this low-key company… Read More »

Bootstrapping Government’s ‘Cloud First’ Strategy with FedRAMP

By | October 9, 2014

Cloud computing infiltrated the enterprise via public infrastructure and software services like AWS and Salesforce, but as I wrote in another report, “Hybrid clouds are the future of enterprise computing.” Sure, IT faces many hurdles when implementing a flexible architecture supporting both public and private cloud services, but there’s plenty of data to back up the assertion: Of the 47% of respondents to the InformationWeek Hybrid Cloud Survey using, piloting… Read More »

Going Mobile: Making an iPhone or Galaxy Your Primary Work Platform

By | September 29, 2014

September is always a busy month for mobile news, this year highlighted by impressive new iPhone and Galaxy Note releases, an iOS update and even an unorthodox new Blackberry phone. These events have led me to ponder the use of mobile devices, whether smarthphones or tablets, in business where these now-indispensable consumer items (e.g. more people carry a smartphone than wear a watch) are still supplementary and subordinate to PCs in… Read More »