SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare

By | May 3, 2014

It’s a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network. While software-defined networking is key to every networking vendor’s product strategy, that doesn’t mean IT is buying the message. In fact, InformationWeek’s most recent SDN Survey shows that most vendors earn a failing grade when… Read More »

SSDs: A Guide To Using Flash In The Datacenter

By | May 3, 2014

Silicon is the darling of the storage world: Out with spinning disks, in with flash chips. There is a lot to like about solid-state storage. It offers faster I/O, lower latency and power consumption, and instant-on from sleep states for lightning-fast access to cold data, all from smaller components easily adapted to a variety of form factors. Indeed,… Read More »

Malaysian Flight 370 Foreshadows Many Unanticipated Consequences of the Internet of Things

By | May 3, 2014

The hunt for a missing Malaysian Flight 370 Boeing BA+1.15% 777 has transfixed the world for more than a week. For an aircraft of this size and sophistication to utterly vanish is unprecedented in the history of modern aviation. With little for investigators to work with, perhaps the most important piece of information hinting that this was no… Read More »

The Changing Face of Software Defined Networking: Addressing Actual Business Problems

By | May 3, 2014

Software defined networking (SDN) has evolved from the slick new technology only a network geek could love to a key pillar in new strategies designed to simplify and automate network configuration and service management. SDN controllers, the brains running these next-generation networks, were once synonymous with OpenFlow, the network control protocol used to manage centrally manage traffic. However,… Read More »

The Cloud As IT Disruptor: Andreessen and His Startups Show Why

By | May 3, 2014

Information technology has always been a tumultuous enterprise, and every era has its share of inspiring innovation and disappointing flops, however the nexus of cloud, mobile, social and big data technologies means this era of technology history is more exhilarating than normal for both end users and IT practitioners alike. I plan to explore these topics and more… Read More »

How Cloud Will Transform The WAN

By | May 3, 2014

The cloud’s capacity to upend long-standing IT practices — and vendor business models — knows no bounds. Having changed the way IT organizations deliver applications and infrastructure, now cloud services are changing the way they design, deploy, and manage wide area networks. That change comes none too soon for respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 Next-Generation WAN Survey. While… Read More »

How the Internet of Things Will Change Your Business

By | May 3, 2014

Think the Internet of things is just another tech trend, long on theoretical potential and short on practical reality? We’ll admit that chipped basketballs and “smart shoes” feeding fan apps with real-time stats and graphics are sexy — the NBA and other major league sports will likely be early IoT adopters. However, we believe that more mundane uses,… Read More »

State of Storage: 2014

By | May 3, 2014

If you just look at vendor financials, the enterprise storage business seems stuck in neutral. However, flat revenue numbers mask a scorching pace of technical innovation, ongoing double-digit capacity growth in enterprises, and dramatic changes in how and where businesses store data. Among almost 250 respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 State of Enterprise Storage Survey, all from organizations… Read More »

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 »