See how the cloud transforms IT service delivery

The cloud is changing both user attitudes and business expectations. Caught in the middle are IT organizations simply trying to keep the lights on but also tasked with implementing the latest technologies while cutting costs. Timing is critical. That's why Datalink created Datalink on Demand (DoD) Labs.

From your location or in our headquarters, DoD Labs make it easy to test drive the latest hardware and software technologies so you can quickly see what addresses your particular business requirements. Leverage our physical and virtual labs to see, learn about, and validate solutions before you invest and implement.

DoD Labs encompass:

  • Concrete use cases with broad applicability to answer questions like:
    • How do I provide IT as a Service (ITaaS) to my application / development group via a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering?
    • How do I provide ITaaS to a test group via an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering?
    • How do I pilot an internal cloud for IaaS?
    • How do I create a new revenue stream offering customers IaaS?
  • Best-of-breed foundational architectures from Cisco, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, and VMware:
    • FlexPod
    • Vblock
    • VSPEX
    • V-Scape™
  • Automation and orchestration from leading providers:
    • Cisco UCS Director
    • VMware vCloud Director Suite or vCAC
    • Microsoft

DoD Labs enable our teams to stay current on the latest technologies, gain valuable hands-on experience, and facilitate knowledge transfers with you during the consulting, analysis, design, implementation, management, and support phases of each project. Integrating classroom training with hands-on lab and field experience translates into a better overall experience for you and your organization.

Get your infrastructure up and running faster

Through DoD Labs, we can prepare the technology solutions you purchase through us, so deployment is faster and easier. Our experienced IT specialists configure, load, and test each solution to your specifications. This process ensures technology solutions are in plug-and-play mode when they arrive at your location – saving you time, hassle, and money associated with preparing technology for deployment.

Validate what's doable through use cases

As a fully functional cloud demonstration environment, DoD Labs provide the opportunity to see demonstrations of predefined cloud use cases that may apply to your organization, including:

  • Test organization via a private cloud IaaS offering
  • Development organization via a private cloud PaaS offering
  • Generic IaaS hybrid cloud services (i.e., virtual machine configurations, virtual networking, and virtual storage)
  • IaaS cloud services for cloud providers

These use cases demonstrate a clear path to the benefits of the cloud – and the fastest way to leveraging the efficiencies of cloud for your business. From there, we can transform these initial proofs of concept into specific use cases with our subscription-based DoD Labs and on-premise pilot projects through our cloud proof of concept offering.

  • Subscription DoD Labs – Learn, test, and experience the cloud at a higher level and dive deeper into the details of cloud operations and management for longer-term training and experimentation.
  • Cloud proof of concept – Validate your specific use case, determine infrastructure readiness, identify integration requirements, and establish success criteria in a non-production, private cloud environment.

Technology demonstrations at your place or ours

We offer technology demonstrations at our physical labs in Minneapolis. You can also participate in a virtual demo from the convenience of your office. Our labs enable you to experience a wide variety of technology demonstrations, including:

  • Long-distance, site-to-site replication
  • Data recovery
  • WAN optimization
  • Deduplication
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud solutions

Our physical and virtual lab capabilities help simplify access, save you time, and make it easy to gather and share information. You can use our labs to conduct performance and interoperability testing based on your requirements or as a physical test site for your organization. You'll gain the insights you need to maximize the return on your investments and prove without a doubt the fastest way to achieve your organizational goals.