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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 »

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 »

Bimodal IT Can Help Turn Raw Data Into Information Assets

By | September 20, 2016

The combination of an accelerating rate if data generation and drastic changes in IT infrastructure, software and development environments leaves most organizations unable to keep up with, much less exploit new technologies while also maintaining critical IT business processes. Indeed, an organization’s IT legacy can leave it at a disadvantage to nimble, disruptive new competitors building digital businesses… Read More »

Ransomware Doesn’t Just Target Noobs: The Enterprise Implications of Cyber-Hijacking

By | March 18, 2016

This column initially appeared on Diginomica as Digital Hijackers: The Rising Threat of Ransomware to Business Imagine you are the CEO of a hospital and come in one day to find staff in a panic because they can’t use critical systems like CT scanners, lab test and emergency room equipment or access pharmacy records. That’s precisely the nightmare scenario… Read More »

Critics Oversimplify BiModal IT: Here’s How It Can Transform IT

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Bimodal IT is only harmful when oversimplified I’ve been asked and written about bimodal IT a fair bit over the last few months and have come to develop a nuanced view of the concept that doesn’t comport with the dire warnings summarized in an earlier Diginomica column, Gartner’s bimodal… Read More »

The Apple-FBI Imbroglio Offers Lessons For Enterprise IT

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Apple-FBI Impasse: A Teachable Moment For Enterprise IT When technology and public policy collide, it invariably creates waves, however in the case of iPhone security versus FBI evidence collection, it’s more like a tsunami. The technical and legal details of the FBI’s case against Apple and the inevitable back-and-forth… Read More »

Azure PaaS: A Closer Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform

By | March 17, 2016

The following article was originally published on Diginomica as Azure Is More Than Cloud Infrastructure: A Look At Microsoft’s Application Platform Despite its seeming maturity and inclusion in the general lexicon, the cloud remains maddeningly hard to define, much less circumscribe. Like its atmospheric analog, cloud services are dynamic, indistinct and ephemeral and although accepted definitions and product categories… Read More »

Azure In Your Data Center: Understanding And Positioning Azure Stack

By | February 29, 2016

AWS is undeniably the big kahuna in cloud services, however Microsoft has emerged as a strong number two with the Azure IaaS/PaaS combination, which it is now extending into private clouds via Azure Stack, a packaged version of Azure services that can be deployed in private data centers. The goal is to deliver a completely consistent hybrid cloud platform… Read More »

Hyperconverged Appliances Are The Next Front For Control Of Enterprise Data Centers

By | February 21, 2016

A version of this column was originally published on Diginomica as EMC-VMware, Nutanix Battle For Enterprise Virtualization Platform Supremacy Vendors and analysis regularly wax enthusiastic about the cloud, and for good reason when you consider the phenomenal growth rates at AWS and Microsoft Azure. Yet most enterprise workloads still run on internal systems. Indeed, spending on public cloud… Read More »

Making IT Safe For Innovation Using A Bimodal Organization

By | February 20, 2016

A version of this article first appeared on TechTarget SearchCIO as BiModal IT Opens Up Opportunities For Innovation By establishing a framework for IT strategies, BiModal IT can help organizations act more like a startup and tackle some high-risk, high-reward digital business moonshots It’s easy to think of BiModal IT as little more than a way to segregate… Read More »

Replacing your Data Center with IaaS: Opportune Scenarios

By | February 16, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchDataCenter as These IaaS examples show data centers can share the load You might not be ready to go all in on AWS like GE and Netflix, however it’s both feasible and advisable to start moving some applications online The emergence of rentable, online software and infrastructure, aka The Cloud,… Read More »