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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 »

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 »

What to expect from AWS in 2019

By | December 31, 2018

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way up front. Making predictions about the behavior of a company that innovates as rapidly as AWS is simultaneously safe and risky: safe because AWS introduces so many new products and services that there’s a good chance some of the predictions will come to pass, risky because you’re anticipating things from a position… Read More »

2018 in review: Building the technological foundation for mainstream AI applications

By | December 30, 2018

2018 was also a milestone year in AI as the technology community writ large developed a more complete, nuanced understanding of its benefits and limitations while innovations laid the foundation for future applications. From part 2 of my Diginomica year in review. Part one of my year-in-review, centered on 2018 developments in enterprise cloud, notably how […]

2018 in review: Cloud expertise becomes an IT necessity

By | December 30, 2018

From my Diginomica column looking back on highlights from the world of enterprise cloud computing. 2018 in review, part 1 – a year in which cloud competency became an enterprise IT requirement as it moved onto managing complexity. Five observations on a significant year for cloud competency… (1) Mainstreaming public cloud The year began with […]

AWS re:Invent 2016 announcements – Dec. 1, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Highlights from day two of AWS reInvent courtesy the AWS analyst relations department. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate A fully managed Chef Automate environment, available through AWS OpsWorks, to fuel even more automation and reduce the heavy lifting associated with continuous deployment. For more info, please see the blog and product page. Amazon EC2 Systems Manager A collection… Read More »

AWS re:Invent 2016 announcements – Nov. 30, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Highlights from day one of AWS reInvent courtesy the AWS analyst relations department. AWS Snowmobile – Move Exabytes of Data to the Cloud in Weeks AWS Snowmobile is a new way for customers to migrate large amounts of on-premises data (exabytes, for example) to the cloud. AWS Snowmobile is a ruggedized, tamper-resistant shipping container 45 feet long, 9.6… Read More »

A Closer Look At Google Cloud: Don’t Dismiss It

By | November 11, 2016

Google Cloud services have evolved significantly over the past year, with an eye toward the enterprise. But there’s still room for improvement in 2017. The popularity of Amazon Web Services’ public cloud makes it easy to overlook other large, competitive infrastructure as a service options, such as Google Cloud Platform. Most people are familiar with Google’s cloud offerings… Read More »

How-to: Exporting Data from AWS and Avoiding Hotel California

By | November 10, 2016

It’s easy to migrate data to the cloud, but not as easy to get data out. AWS has eased some lock-in concerns with data export and transfer techniques. Cloud data lock-in is a perennial concern of IT execs who fear that once they move applications and data to an infrastructure as a service provider, technical constraints will make… Read More »

Using Azure For Backup and Disaster Recovery: Built-In Features Make It Easy

By | October 6, 2016

Backup and redundancy continue to be two of the most common usage scenarios for public cloud — and the reason is simple economics. Renting or building space in a secondary facility for backup is expensive, particularly when there’s a thriving, competitive industry devoted to providing rentable IT infrastructure. Due to its integration with Windows Server, and flexible licensing… Read More »