Five steps to optimizing data deduplication

Datalink on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Data deduplication continues to be a hot topic with many of the IT shops I’ve been to as of late – especially when it comes to sorting through technology options and optimizing deduplication performance in production backup environments. Check out my related white paper, “Using Deduplication: Five Steps [...]

Finding flexibility with unified architecture

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Many IT professionals are evaluating how to optimize the existing data center to deliver private cloud services. As discussed in an earlier blog post, we see the cloud as a mix of public, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and private cloud services. Even robust public cloud forecasts leave 65- to 75-percent [...]

Is an archiving solution needed beyond Exchange 2010?

Datalink on Thursday, June 09, 2011

Microsoft Exchange 2010 was originally released in late 2009. In August 2010, SP1 was released, representing Microsoft’s first offering of an archiving product. Probably the most talked about feature of Exchange 2010 is the ability to create personal archives. I often get asked whether another archive solution is needed given Microsoft’s release of their archiving product.

Lab Advocates / HNAS Testing

Datalink on Tuesday, June 07, 2011

My colleague Datalink Solutions Architect Joe Akerson is what we call a lab advocate, which means he's a Datalink technical person who has steroids-super-powers in our labs. Joe does much internal- and external-facing work on his own and in teams, and also mentors his peers to help them get their stuff done in labs. Today, we have about two dozen lab advocates across the country.

Speaking of restores

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

vStorage VADP APIs I mentioned before that the vStorage APIs are VMware's new, better, faster, cooler, and usable method to do backups and storage better. It's time we explore the backup side a little bit more.

Requesting a Demo in Datalink Labs is Easy

Datalink on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello again! Our second Datalink Labs video is a three-minute walk-through showing how easy it is to request an event to get magic happening in our Labs. Some things are best left uncomplicated, so I'll stop talking while I'm ahead.

It’s about the restores.

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back in the day, I was a sysadmin at a large southeastern university. My challenges there were not too dissimilar from "the real world" outside of academia. This was especially true in backups. Back then, the college that I worked for had limited budgets for commercial software. We wrote most of what we needed, including [...]

Benefits of an archiving solution

Datalink on Friday, May 20, 2011

Organizations today face massive growth of their unstructured data. This growth results in e-mail, file, and SharePoint servers that require more and more storage and processing power.

Virtualization in the Big City

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the last couple weeks, VMware started the spring 2011 tour of VMware Forum events. These are regionally focused one-day “mini VMworlds.” In Washington DC on May 3, they reportedly drew 1,500 attendees, and 1,350 came to the event in New York last week. Attendees not only saw the latest in VMware messaging, but also a myriad of partners that were showing off complementary solutions.

See inside Datalink Labs

Datalink on Monday, May 16, 2011

Hello again! Some things are easier (and probably more effective) to show versus tell.

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