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Is Public Cloud Really Cheaper? It Depends.

Many companies are actively evaluating or trying public cloud services. This is especially true in the area of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Their main rationale? While many look for advantages like easy access, they also feel they’ll gain dramatic cost savings often touted with going to ‘the Cloud. [...]


Cisco Intercloud Fabric for Business: big news for Datalink’s hybrid cloud projects

Gartner predicted two years ago that 50% of enterprises would utilize hybrid clouds by 2017, but adoption has been stalled by a simple fact: moving data back and forth between private and public clouds is complicated, particularly if different hypervisors and cloud providers are involved. Now [...]


Put your cloud strategy on the fast track

Migrating to the cloud poses a number of challenges, especially for organizations unfamiliar with the technology and the process. Datalink’s Cloud Complete solution combines infrastructure, managed services, advanced business integration services, and support to give companies a strategic road map for [...]


Windows Server 2003 migrations: “Are We There Yet?”

With the July deadline for Windows Server 2003 migrations approaching, our teams have been wondering when everyone will complete this critical migration. As of July 2014, Microsoft said that more than 8 million Windows 2003 Servers in the U.S. still needed to be migrated. However, recently, one [...]


How to Outsource

Over the last several quarters I’ve written a few posts about outsourcing. First, I covered when you should do it, followed by what should be outsourced. Once you’ve made the decision that you need help – and you know which functions you need help with – the logical next step is how to go about it.


Tackle operational inefficiency with regular service reviews

As the college football playoff season wraps up, one of the themes we constantly heard from the sports pundits was exploring a college football team’s résumé compiled during the year. Did they have strong wins or weak losses? Did they have a good strength of schedule or did they fill their schedule with cupcakes [...]


Why outsource?

In my recent blog posts, I’ve addressed the “what, when, how,” and “why” of outsourcing, including the best time to outsource (i.e., when you need help advancing your business). The “when” and “why” may sound very similar, but there’s more to the “why” than just needing help. I often find that many organizations are relying on [...]


Operational Effectiveness: Battling Constant Interruption

In this day of social media and multi-tasking, multiple websites have discussed the decreasing efficiency of handling multiple projects at once. Now imagine two different workload types being thrown at individuals: project and operational work. A typical administrator is burdened with multiple [...]


What to Outsource in IT Operation

In my last post, I tried to simplify the decision making process of when to outsource. We boiled it down to the fact that if you need help (of any kind) and you’re not evaluating outsourcing alternatives then you are at a competitive disadvantage. I truly believe that. When done properly, outsourcing is one of the most [...]


Four keys to an effective event-based escalation process

No single tool can monitor an entire environment, completely and effectively. However, if an IT organization uses multiple tools, they often experience inconsistencies in the escalation process. Having sound management practices around the tools themselves is key to these monitoring tools.


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