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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 »

What’s a Personal ‘Computer’? It’s Complicated. Changing Technology and Usage Upset PC Hegemony

By | January 19, 2015

Every quarter tech watchers and Wall Street traders pour over the latest shipment figures from the big technology analysis firms looking for signs of renewal in the moribund PC business. The latest numbers for Q4 2o14 show an industry coming off the ‘sugar high’ induced by upgrades from Windows XP refugees needing hardware capable of running a modern OS,… Read More »

Wi-Fi Integral to the In-Stadium Football Experience. Levi’s Raises the Bar

By | January 15, 2015

It wasn’t the best way to break in a shiny new home, with the San Francisco Forty-Niners missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, but that’s no reflection on the venue: Levi’s Stadium, set records for fan convenience and tech amenities. As I discuss in this column, nicer seats, more bathrooms and better food options were… Read More »

Sony and the Beauties Of Cloud Distribution: The Interview, An Example For Enterprise IT

By | January 3, 2015

Movie fans and free speech advocates flocked to The Interview over the holiday weekend thanks to the power of cloud infrastructure. Although a few hundred independent theaters showed the movie, as I detail in this column the vast majority of viewers were in front of their big screens streaming the movie via Google Play, YouTube and Xbox Video. Indeed, online sales… Read More »

Open Sesame: IBM Hoping OpenPOWER and Members Google, Rackspace Can Foster Intel Alternatives

By | December 22, 2014

Intel remains the brains behind most cloud and enterprise servers and having vanquished AMD is without materially significant challengers. That doesn’t mean Chipzilla can be complacent, since new competitors are trying to use the disruptive transition to hyper scale clouds to take a slice of its lucrative data center business. As I recently detailed, Intel’s performance and market lead, while… Read More »

The SAP Money Pit: The Quintessential Business Application Is Immune to SaaSification

By | December 16, 2014

There’s a giant sucking sound emanating from most large enterprise IT departments. It’s called SAP and as I write in this column, the devilishly complex ERP product cum application platform has a life of its own that resists all attempts at efficiency, simplification and IT budget cutting. SAP is the enterprise equivalent of an out-of-control defense contract with C-level business… Read More »

Intel Still Rules the Cloud: Haswell Puts the Squeeze on ARM’s Server Plans

By | December 9, 2014

Update: A rewritten and condensed version of this report appeared as a Forbes column, available here. Cloud software stacks, like those used at Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other hyper scale operations, have radically altered how system architects design and build data centers. Out are big, gold-plated integrated hardware systems like fault-tolerant x86 boxes, mainframes and enterprise storage arrays. In… Read More »

Enterprise Cloud Use to Skyrocket in 2015: Will AWS Be Your Next Data Center?

By | December 3, 2014

As we close another year full of IT changes, there are more signs that enterprise adoption of public cloud services will…wait for it…soar in 2015. As I write in this column, big enterprise IT vendors used to charging 6- and 7-figures for hardware and 20% or more of that per year for ongoing support could be in for… 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… 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… 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… Read More »