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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 »

PaaS Product Survey: Focus on Features and Ecosystem, Not Cost

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on Tech Target SearchCloudApplications as Comparing features, tiers and pricing of PaaS vendors Cost isn’t the most important factor when evaluating cloud application platforms, but you must understanding the cost models Cloud services are supposed to make things easier for IT, application developers, business buyers and software users and they largely live up… Read More »

How to Use CloudTrail to Guard AWS Applications

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Police your public cloud with AWS CloudTrail CloudTrail is a powerful tool for monitoring and auditing AWS deployments, but as a relatively new service, introduced in late 2013, many AWS users may not be aware of its capabilities and potential.  As we summarized in this article on AWS… Read More »

Google Isn’t So Much Waging War on App as Making Them Irrelevant

By | June 24, 2015

Browsers, the quintessential and supremely flexible Web application that can morph from video player to newspaper to photo gallery with the simple change of a URL has been usurped in the mobile era by the app. These single purpose walled gardens create an irresistibly convenient alternative that is optimized for the small screen and limited navigational space of… Read More »

For Hospitality Business, Mobility is Mandatory

By | June 16, 2015

For hospitality executives and their partners, failing to build a first-class mobile experience could be a mistake of existential proportions. In this business, providing a home away from home has always been the goal. And that requires a solid wireless network foundation to support customer requirements and new mobile apps. In this report (registration required) I detail how… Read More »

Hybrid Cloud, Bimodal IT? Buzzwords Reflect New Ways of Building Services

By | June 16, 2015

IT analysts are like fashion designers, always searching for something new, even if that means recycling age-old concepts in new terminology. Yet the creative linguistics can often mask more important truths about effectively building and operating IT services. Like successful fashionistas, IT leaders need to stay on top of the latest trends if only to be prepared when… Read More »

Intel Sees Future of FPGA-Accelerated Hardware, But it Requires New Software

By | June 9, 2015

With last week’s big Altera acquisition Intel made an expensive bet on a future of data center hardware that uses significantly more customized designs than today’s monolithic racks of commodity x86 servers. As I wrote at the time, “The only justification for Intel’s move can be its perception of a secular technology shift from commodity processors to custom… Read More »

AWS Logging Tools Simplify Automated Security Monitoring

By | June 3, 2015

A version of this article appeared on SearchAWS as “AWS logging tools provide extra security“ Cloud denialism is on the wane, but the most persistent excuses enterprises give for avoiding public cloud services remain a loss of control, security and visibility. These issues have been amply addressed and debunked, both by the cloud services themselves and independent analysts,… Read More »

Intel’s Big Bet: Will Altera Assure Its Dominance Or Waste Its Money?

By | June 3, 2015

Intel isn’t a company known for being a spendthrift, but it just spent more on Altera than the combined total for all previous acquisitions. Intel isn’t know for placing big bets on anything other than its own R&D and fabs. It’s  acquisition strategy has been more like Apple’s, surgical buys and acqui-hires designed to fill defined technology gaps. Unlike HP,… Read More »

EMC World 2015 Highlights: Building For The Cloud

By | May 27, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchSOA as EMC builds for cloud and next-generation applications EMC World is the company’s traditional venue for major announcements, but this year the company’s premier event for customers, partners, analysts and journalists included more than just a laundry list of product updates. Sure, there was plenty of new hardware, like a… Read More »

Former Allies Now Frenemies, Cisco and EMC Chart Similar Course To Maintain Dominance

By | May 18, 2015

 Commodification promised to kill old tech stalwarts like Cisco, EMC and Oracle as standardized, mass produced hardware paired with open source software undermined their high-margin businesses. However the road to irrelevance was detoured by an instinctive response: adapt or die. Each company’s resulting metamorphosis from peddling boxes to building full stack IT systems has been both predictable and impressive. Predictable… Read More »