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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 »

Open Wi-Fi Means Open Season For Hackers: How To Secure Mobile Connections

By | November 25, 2015

The world’s Going Mobile: The Who’s song about life on the road has taken on a prophetic new meaning in the smartphone era; unfortunately, mobile networks are typically about as secure as a tent trailer. There are now over 7 billion mobile subscriptions, over 30% of those with smartphones, and global mobile data traffic grew by 69% last… Read More »

The iPad Pro As A Work Machine? Yes, But Apple Has Work To Do

By | November 24, 2015

In using the iPad Pro over the past week, it’s clear it’s different in kind, not just degree, from both other tablets and Mac laptops. This means that in order to fully realize its potential, developers can’t treat the Pro as merely a big iPad. However, the responsibility is on Apple and ultimately, Cook to ensure that doesn’t… Read More »

Cloud Price Wars: Have We Hit Bottom or Are AWS, Others Just Hitting Pause?

By | November 9, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared in TechTarget SearchAWS as Cloud cost comparison foggy at best News of continued price cuts were noticeably absent at AWS re:Invent and scarce in 2015. Have we hit bottom and what does it mean for enterprises? Buying cloud services used to resemble shopping for sweaters right before Christmas: the longer you wait,… Read More »

Public or Private, Multi-Cloud is the Future. How Will You Manage It?

By | November 5, 2015

A version of this article originally appeared in TechTarget SearchCloudApplications as Managing application deployments in a multiple-cloud enterprise Any conversation about cloud services usually begins with AWS, but for most organizations, it won’t end there. Whether to fight vendor lock-in, increase the diversity of available services, arbitrage price disparities or maintain control over particularly sensitive information an increasing number… Read More »

Bell Labs’ Vision Of A Connected World Includes New Networks, Cloud Designs

By | October 28, 2015

This article originally appeared in Forbes as The Omni-Connected World: Bell Labs Plans For Future Although it’s a shadow of the R&D powerhouse that brought us the transistor, laser, fiber optics and evidence of the Big Bang, Bell Labs is still around and planning for a future beyond the horizon of today’s technology. The latest evidence of the organization’s… Read More »

Classic Mistake: Dell-EMC Smacks Of A Reactive Move In The Face Of Cloud Disruption

By | October 15, 2015

The Dell-EMC amalgam makes a lot of sense through the close-focus lens of short-term synergies, protecting established enterprise customers and horizontally filling out a legacy product portfolio, however strategically it looks to be more an act of reactive weakness, if not desperation. While the combined entity will be a powerhouse of traditional enterprise IT products, it does nothing… Read More »

Forget File Sharing, Box Wants to be CMS Hub for All Apps and Data

By | October 8, 2015

Box has always tried to differentiate itself from the plethora of cloud file sync-and-share startups by focusing on enterprise customers and their requirements. This led the company down the path of providing greater management control over users and content. At the company’s recent Boxworks developers conference, Box made clear its larger ambitions of becoming the content management platform… Read More »

How SoMoClo Helped Me Heal (yes, really) with Lessons For Business Collaboration

By | October 4, 2015

This article originally appeared on Forbes. I recently had an accident that entailed a lot of pain and emergency surgery. Indeed, it was the most significant medical trauma I have ever had to endure and required a lengthy, 5-night hospital stay. Unfortunately, my closest family and primary support group are parents whose ability to get around is quite… Read More »

Automating Infrastructure Configuration and Management Using Chef with AWS

By | October 1, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Achieving AWS automation with Chef The transition of corporate infrastructure into software defined private clouds has transformed IT automation from an aspirational goal into an existential imperative. The move from treating servers, storage and network gear as individual units that are carefully managed into interchangeable resources — the familiar… Read More »