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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 »

Behind The Scenes At Super Bowl 50: Impressive Network Technology

By | February 6, 2016

Levi’s Stadium, where the Broncos and Panthers will tangle in the Golden State’s golden anniversary Super Bowl, bills itself as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. How could it be otherwise for the newest home to an NFL team right in the heart of Silicon Valley? Sitting just a mile from corporate sponsor Intel’s headquarters, with… Read More »

In Azure Stack, Microsoft Sees the Foundation for Enterprise Clouds

By | January 31, 2016

The following post originally appeared in Diginomica as Microsoft tilts at enterprise cloud domination with Azure Stack  There was an old rule about Microsoft software: never use it until version 3. The generalized axiom is that it takes Microsoft a while to get things right, however once the company sets its mind to something, you can expect big results.… Read More »

4G Isn’t Just For Phones: LTE As A Backup Network

By | January 30, 2016

LTE availability and performance make it a viable option for branch office, retail WAN redundancy: Some options and considerations This column summarizes a report done for Channel Partners available here (with registration).  Reliable network connectivity is such a fundamental requirement for the digital business and mobile lifestyle that most people consider it on par with power and water:… Read More »

Cutting Costs in AWS: Look beyond the obvious to Tame your AWS budget

By | January 25, 2016

A version of the following article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Four principles of AWS cost management The cost calculus of moving applications from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services like AWS is akin to going from a fixed-price, all-you-can-eat buffet to an à la carte cafeteria. Gone is the incentive to consume as much as possible in order to… Read More »

Privacy and Security Tensions Illustrate a Clash of Cultures Between DC and SV: Authoritarian vs Libertarian

By | January 19, 2016

This article originally appeared in Diginomica as Authoritarian versus libertarian – intractable privacy and security concerns between the Valley and Washington? Ever since FBI Director James Comey decried the use of unbreakable encryption as a national security threat by enabling terrorists and other suspected malefactors to “go dark”, the Internet has been ablaze with criticism over the prospect of… Read More »

Painless, Bulletproof Wi-Fi Ideal For SMBs: I Find Cisco, Ruckus Deliver The Goods

By | January 18, 2016

It has long been clear that the days of wired Ethernet networks were numbered as an endpoint connection and while most homes long ago ditched switches and CAT5 cables for an all-in-one Wi-Fi router, however building a business-class WLANs still takes planning and skill. WLAN configuration and management is still something of a black art that often leaves… Read More »

Intel CES Keynote Is Long On Disjointed Ideas, But Missing A Big Trend: Autos

By | January 11, 2016

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had the leadoff spot in the lineup of big name CES 2016 keynotes and used the opportunity to highlight Intel’s work with just about everything except PCs. However, absent from Krzanich’s presentation was any mention of car tech, which is notable since the transformation of cars into self-driving, mobile entertainment centers is a major… Read More »

Consumer Technology Market In Decline: CES Searching For The Next Big Hit

By | January 11, 2016

This article originally appeared on Diginomica as CES Market update: Still searching for the Next Big Thing Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, New Year’s revelers have barely cleaned out their rooms before hoards of tech execs, entrepreneurs, marketeers, journalists, PR flacks, technophiles and gawkers descend upon Las Vegas for the annual gala to gadgetry that is… Read More »

Nutanix IPO Analysis: Suspect Timing, Significant Risks, But Thriving Business

By | December 30, 2015

Coming a couple days before Christmas, the timing of Nutanix’s IPO filing, a document that’s undoubtedly been in preparation for months, was more than a little suspect. What was the company trying to hide while everyone else was distracted by holiday festivities? As I detail in this column, a thorough analysis doesn’t uncover any smoking guns or even… Read More »

AWS Security Management: In Need of Automation

By | December 27, 2015

A verson of this article originally appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Rely on cloud security policy — not tools — to protect AWS Managing security policies and incidents on IaaS can be complex and challenging. Here’s what vendors are doing about it Once enterprises move workloads to cloud infrastructure, they soon realize that the tools for enforcing security policy… Read More »