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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 »

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 »

Private Clouds Come Down To Earth

By | September 24, 2014

Intrigued by the concept of a converged infrastructure but worry you lack the expertise to DIY? Big IT vendors see big business building insta-cloud infrastructure  For IT organizations wondering how to actually build a private cloud, my latest report is for you. Plenty of CIOs like the idea of a converged data center but get headaches thinking about the complexity. Even given wide support for open standards, stitching discrete server and storage systems into… Read More »

IDF Analysis: Intel’s Mission to Power the Cloud Includes Silencing Noisy Neighbors

By | September 15, 2014

IDF, Intel’s festival for hardware geeks, better known as IDF, was largely overshadowed by some announcements from that not insignificant fruit company from Cupertino. The coincident timing was unfortunate since Intel provided plenty of news for both PC watchers and data center designers. On the server front, the company released a major update to the Xeon line based on the Haswell microarchitecture and as I discuss in this column, the new products… Read More »

IoT Network Design: Mobility is Key

By | September 8, 2014

I take an in-depth look at IoT network design in a new InformationWeek Report (available here, registration required), but the key takeaways in this summary column are that the Internet of Things demands reliable connectivity, yet standards are up in the air. While consumers and Wall Street analysts tend to conflate “IoT” with “wearables tethered to smartphones,” most enterprises don’t consider mobile devices with 3G/LTE connectivity to be the most… Read More »

Memo to App Developers, EMC (yes, that EMC) Can School You In Mobile UI Innovation

By | September 8, 2014

One (of several) epiphanies I had at VMworld occurred during an extended discussion with Jeetu Patel, GM of EMC’s Syncplicity business unit, about the importance the company places on its mobile app usability and design. The revelation was that a company better known for its big storage iron could nurture a software division that can teach many Silicon Valley startups a few things about app design, usability and quality. As… Read More »

VMworld 2014 News and Insta-Analysis: VMware Doubles Down on the Cloud

By | September 1, 2014

As I wrote in this column on the eve of VMworld, the last week of August saw VMware hold its annual festival to virtualization, cloud and the myriad ways software is eating the data center, for an event that’s become a milestone on the annual tech calendar where IT managers and sysadmins rub shoulders with industry executives, analysts and entrepreneurs. As always, the company used the huge event with over 22,000… Read More »