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Marco Meinardi
Sr. Director Analyst
4 years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Marco Meinardi is a Research Director within Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP). Mr. Meinardi focuses on public cloud, cloud management, cloud adoption strategy and IaaS provider comparison and selection. Read Full Bio

The New Cloud Management Wheel Is Here

by Marco Meinardi  |  September 16, 2020

If you ever wondered what cloud management means and what it encompasses, Gartner has the answer. The newest cloud management framework has just been published as part of the research “Solution Criteria for Cloud Management Tools” (paywall). Cloud management is made of seven functional areas and five cross-functional attributes. The functional areas are specific to […]

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Why Adopting Kubernetes for Application Portability Is Not a Good Idea

by Marco Meinardi  |  September 4, 2020

I often discuss with clients in infrastructure and operations on whether their organizations should adopt Kubernetes to make their applications portable. If you also have this question, the answer is: no. Actually, the full story: adopt Kubernetes for the many benefits it provides to application development and architecture and get portability as a side effect. […]

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My Research on Cloud Cost Management and Optimization Is Now Available For Free!

by Marco Meinardi  |  August 27, 2020

I am proud to announce that my research on cloud cost management and optimization is now available for free at this link. Gartner made this research public to help organizations in this difficult moment of dealing with a global pandemic and economic recession. The research was selected because it speaks to pandemic-driven business priorities such […]

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How to Make Your Organization Successful in Public Cloud Tagging

by Marco Meinardi  |  December 17, 2019

If you use public cloud services at some scale, then you know you must tag your resources. You know you must use tagging so that your cost reports get nicely broken down; so that you can create resource groups to enable inventory, governance, automation and access control. You know this but, still, you are not […]

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A Comparison of Public Cloud Cost Optimization Tools is Now Available

by Marco Meinardi  |  December 12, 2019

If you’re using public cloud infrastructure and platform services, I bet that you’ve been thinking about adopting a tool to cut down costs. You’ve been told that there is some inherent waste in your cloud spending and you want to address that. I’m also sure that a number of vendors told you that they can help […]

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AWS Just Made Their Management Tools Ready for Multicloud

by Marco Meinardi  |  December 7, 2019

I am just back home after spending last week at AWS re:Invent in tiresome, noisy, vibrant and excessive Las Vegas. At Gartner, I cover cloud management and governance and I was disappointed not to hear much about it in any of the keynotes. I get it, management can be sometimes perceived as a boring necessity. […]

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What Blockchain and Cloud Computing Have in Common

by Marco Meinardi  |  May 21, 2019

Blockchain technologies provide ledger databases whose records are immutable and cryptographically-signed using a distributed consensus or validation protocol. These characteristics contributed to the popularity of blockchain to power transaction execution in multiparty business environments. With blockchain, multiple parties can agree on transaction details while still guaranteeing correctness and prevent tampering, without having to rely on a trusted centralized […]

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Is Public Cloud Cheaper Than Running Your Own Data Center?

by Marco Meinardi  |  November 30, 2018

The question on whether public cloud infrastructure is cheaper than running on-premises data centers keeps coming in client inquiries. Clients realize that most of the answers produced by the industry so far are skewed by the vested interests of whoever is coming up with those answer. Public cloud providers make their offerings look significantly more cost-effective than on-premises […]

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Neutralizing Shadow IT with Public Cloud Self-Service Governance

by Marco Meinardi  |  August 8, 2018

In today’s scenario where IT is at the core of business innovation, I hear organizations struggling with potentially opposing priorities. On one side, business users and developers want more agility and autonomy. On the other side, central IT must continue to achieve governance to minimize risks and improve efficiency at scale. Historically, organizations have prioritized a […]

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Evaluating Cloud Management Platforms and Tools With The Gartner Toolkit

by Marco Meinardi  |  May 1, 2018

After several months of work, hundreds of customer calls and tens of vendor briefings, it’s finally out there: the Gartner’s “Evaluation Criteria for Cloud Management Platforms and Tools” has just published and is now available to Gartner clients. The research (which is available behind paywall at this link) contains 215 evaluation criteria divided into eight categories and four […]

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