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Kurt Marko is an InformationWeek and Network Computing contributor and IT industry veteran, pursuing his passion for communications after a varied career that has spanned virtually the entire high-tech food chain from chips to systems. Upon graduating from Stanford University with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, Kurt spent several years as a semiconductor device physicist, doing process design, modeling and testing. He then joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a memory chip designer and CAD and simulation developer. Moving to Hewlett-Packard, Kurt started in the laser printer R&D lab doing electrophotography development, for which he earned a patent, but his love of computers eventually led him to join HPs nascent technical IT group. He spent 15 years as an IT engineer and was a lead architect for several enterprisewide infrastructure projects at HP, including the Windows domain infrastructure, remote access service, Exchange e-mail infrastructure and managed Web services.
Articles by Kurt Marko

5 Hybrid Cloud Gotchas

6/10/2014
Mixing public and private can deliver the best of both cloud worlds. But beware management complexity, cost volatility, data protection, and other potential snafus.

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Application Development In The Age Of Mobility

8/16/2012
The native vs. browser debate is still raging, with each strategy garnering 74% of respondents to our 2012 Mobile Application Development Survey who plan to deploy custom applications. But don't get bogged down in Apple vs. Android or HTML5 readiness. It's all about the apps.

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Video Is A Data Asset, So Manage It

5/31/2012
Whether a training session, earnings meeting, or product demo, video is too important an information source to be relegated to silos. Here's how to turn it into searchable, reusable content--without busting your storage budget.

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Sink Or Swim

9/21/2011
Most companies don't have a strategy to deal with rising tides of digital information. Enterprise content management can help, but first you need a plan.

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iPad And Enterprise File Sharing

5/26/2011
MobilEcho, GroupLogic's new mobile file management platform, gives iPad users network access to network shares using a simple app, while granting administrators control over data access and usage.

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How Secure Is iPad?

5/12/2011
While the Apple tablet doesn't yet equal the BlackBerry in terms of enterprise-grade management tools, it sports a set of surprisingly robust security features.

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iPad2: A Reflection Of Jobsian Philosophy

3/3/2011
It's hard not to love a week in which we are graced with two holidays. On Tuesday we had National Pancake Day, an unabashed marketing creation by the likes of IHOP to rekindle America's love affair with flapjacks. On Wednesday we celebrated National iPod Day, an equally-scripted spectacle by those maestros of tech marketing at Apple to fan the flames of tablet lust. The iPad 2 has been covered like a blanket this week, so by now most technophiles already know the essential new

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Will Apple Rock The Phone World Again?

2/10/2011
Apple, which long ago ditched the 'computer' in their name, is known more as a phone cum mobile device maker and digital content distributor; and rightly so, their last earnings report showed these non-computer segments accounting for three-fourths of their revenue, with most of that coming from the iPhone. Having defined the smartphone feature set with a high bar all others must match, and with the Verizon model flying off the shelve

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Can BlackBerry Survive?

2/4/2011
The recent euphoria over Verizon finally prying the iPhone from AT&T's exclusive grasp, along with the almost weekly announcement of new Android products, has probably left smartphone pioneer RIM feeling awfully neglected. While the BlackBerry is merely the latest in a long line of technology products that can lay claim to the honorary Mark Twain "Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated" award, if not outright dying, the BlackBerry may be slowly creeping to irrelevance.

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Google's Video Announcement Creates More Heat Than Light

1/18/2011
Google created quite the Internet buzz last week with their announcement dropping support for the H.264 video codec standard as the default HTML5 video player in Chrome, opting instead to use technology from the open source WebM project. Although H.264 is an ITU standard for high definition video and is already widely used on Blu-ray discs, apparently it's not open enough, or perhaps as easily manipulable, for

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Verizon iPhone, Can You Still Hear Me Now?

1/13/2011
By now everyone knows that Big Red is finally getting the iPhone, but as a happy DroidX user and long-time (15+ year) Verizon customer, I greet this with mixed emotions. Obviously the iPhone 4 is probably the slickest, most elegant app phone out, although not so much that I'm going to rush out, pay the full-freight unsubsidized price and ditch my six-month old Droid. Really, I'm happy Verizon and Apple have come to terms and look forward to an LTE iPhone 5 later this year (or whenever LTE comes

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The Wi-Fi Tech Conference Challenge

12/29/2010
For those of us who see wireless LANs rapidly displacing wired Ethernet as the client access protocol of choice, there was a rather disturbing article in the NYT highlighting the high-profile Wi-Fi meltdowns at various tech conferences over the past year. Most of us are familiar with some of those embarrassing moments, such as the one depicted in the article of a frustrated

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Got The Gadget; Lost The Manual

12/22/2010
Many techies and their families will have one or more gadgets under the tree this weekend, yet despite Steve Jobs' best intentions, many of them still need a manual, particularly to unlock those obscure but innovative features that just aren't obvious on the surface. Yet with today's globalized, cost-conscious supply chain, many (most?) products don't include a printed manual. Those that do include some paper often just have a cursory 'quick install' sheet filled with hieroglyphic-like icons and

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Share Your Thoughts On IT Risk Management

12/22/2010
"In today's interconnected world, filled with increasingly sophisticated yet generally anonymous malefactors, IT must have a risk management program." Most of us have heard this so many times it goes in one ear and out the other, making about as much impression as your grandmother's homespun advice to always brush after meals and never run with scissors. But we all know grandma was right.

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FUD Strikes Chrome OS

12/16/2010
Chrome OS is one of those rare Google products that's accompanied by almost universal skepticism. In fact, their Cr-48 laptop proof-of-concept was on the received a fair amount of opprobrium. Admittedly the hardware isn't close to the elegance of a MacBook Air, but the objections primarily focus on Chrome's operating model, not the device. The complaints fall into four categories:

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Google's Office Trojan Horse

11/23/2010
It's no secret that Google has been eying Microsoft's lucrative Office application franchise since the release of the premium, supported version of Google Apps a couple years ago.

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SharePoint and Office 2010: Evolutionary Tweaks?

11/11/2010
2010 was another milestone year for Microsoft's productivity applications and enterprise collaboration software, Office, Exchange and SharePoint. Like cicadas emerging from hibernation, Redmond updates these cash cows every three or four years. Like their hardware compadre Intel, seem to have adopted a 'tick-tock' strategy for their revision cycle, with alternate releases focusing on either major, fundamental architectural changes or more subtle improvements to the plumbing -- tweaks to the clie

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