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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 »

2022 trend: Enterprise 5G networks

By | December 25, 2021

Wireless networking has transformed the way enterprises do business and serve customers, but until now, virtually all enterprise WLANs use short-range unlicensed Wi-Fi as for connectivity. However, as organizations become more distributed and require expanded wireless range, capacity and security, they run into the limits of Wi-Fi technology that require more equipment and complex designs to overcome. Even… Read More »

The chaos of creeping cloud, OSS dependencies

By | December 25, 2021

In a recent column, I discussed how the recent AWS outage(s) and Log4j security holes should lead to enterprises drawing some broader lessons about dealing with complexity and dependencies in modern IT environments. Indeed, the Log4j vulnerability is a sad reminder that far-reaching supply-chain security holes have become an unfortunate tradition of the holiday season (have we forgotten… Read More »

re:Invent 2021 – AWS emphasizes service packaging and usability over raw infrastructure

By | December 4, 2021

The bane of every successful company, athlete or artist harkens back to the vaudevillian phrase, “What do you do for an encore?” A company like AWS that pioneered cloud infrastructure services and still dominates the market, despite many big-name competitors, forces itself to answer that question every year at its widely-anticipated re:Invent conference. I take a critical look… Read More »

‘Arming’ enterprise data centers with efficient processors

By | November 12, 2021

We’re all familiar with how Arm processors enabled the mobile computing revolution and are now disrupting cloud and desktop computing. Recently I had the opportunity to work with Bamboo Systems, a startup whose goal is providing the same Arm-powered benefits to enterprise data centers. I was a panelist in two webinars at GestaltIT where Bamboo described its company… Read More »

Discussing energy policy and climate science with Vinnie Mirchandani

By | November 11, 2021

I greatly enjoyed an extensive discussion with my friend Vinnie Merchandani (@dealarchitect) on the many nuances underlying energy policy and why simplistic narratives around climate and the Earth’s ecosystems serve to distort the discussion and resulting policy proposals. As Vinnie says on his site: We discuss the slow progress at which renewables – solar and wind in particular… Read More »

AWS re:Invent 2021 predictions

By | November 6, 2021

AWS has grown into an IT version of its parent Amazon: a sprawling online marketplace where buyers can find anything they need. What is Amazon? A grocery store? Drugstore? Hardware and home center? Electronics mart? Book, music and movie store? Indeed, it’s all of these rolled into an app delivering a convenient, frictionless shopping experience. AWS has evolved… Read More »

Penetration testing is the enterprise security audit IT can’t fudge

By | August 21, 2020

The only objective way of assessing an organization’s #cybersecurity posture is through pen tests.This column summarizes results from several specialist firms like Postive Technology, Coalfire showing that most enterprises would fail a real-world security test. Indeed, it’s disturbing how easily hackers can breach a network, usually with just a couple steps using techniques that require little expertise. The… Read More »

In 2019, DevOps is about execution, not cultural assimilation

By | December 31, 2018

2019 marks a decade since the term DevOps first entered the nomenclature and ever since, developers, operations teams and IT executives have struggled to both precisely define it and, more importantly, apply it to their organizations. Like most new ideas, DevOps went through a hype cycle in which evangelists exuberantly touted the concept as the solution to a… Read More »