Archiving & Journaling, do you really need both?

Datalink on Friday, July 29, 2011

So you are well on your way to researching an archiving solution to implement in your organization , and the sales guy asks, “are you going to journal your email?” a few seconds and a few head scratches later you reply, “I am already planning to archive, why do I need to journal too?” Don’t feel bad, you are not alone.

Vendors Forget the Biggest Value of Deduplication in Large Enterprises

Datalink on Monday, July 25, 2011

Data deduplication vendors constantly tout two big data deduplication selling points: higher reliability and faster restores (compared to tape). No doubt about it, these are important. And, we’ve seen some exceptional results with data deduplication practice in production environments of large and mid-size enterprises.

Talking taxes? In IT? Really?

Kent Christensen on Thursday, July 21, 2011

News is full of budget and tax talk. Here in tropical Minnesota (Datalink Headquarters), we're wrapping up a three-week-long government shutdown. The debate: Raise taxes or cut spending. Nationally, Congress is facing an August 2 deadline to address a similar issue: Avoiding a government debt default. Meanwhile in IT, we [...]

Datalink labs by the numbers

Datalink on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome back! Time to share a few key numbers related to our demo/training/interop labs. In no particular order...

When does a unified architecture become a unified architecture?

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My last post discussed how unified architectures provide a blueprint for an internal cloud data center architecture, delivering reduced risk and an optimized infrastructure for most mission-critical applications. And while there's a lot of buzz about unified architecture, detractors point out that only a subset of registered opportunities result in an immediate FlexPod or Vblock deployment.

PST / NST files: Concerns and implications

Datalink on Monday, July 11, 2011

We've all received messages from our IT departments stating that our mailboxes are approaching the company-defined quotas, and that we must “clean” our mailboxes to reduce their size. So what do we do? We can selectively delete messages that we “think” we don’t need, then of course Murphy’s Law kicks in and [...]

Curated virtualized environments

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What if we had a curated VMware world? It's no secret that VMware has been telling everyone that the future is ESXi. The service console (SC) is going away. And it's happening soon. Really soon. There are a number of reasons that VMware is doing this, but the interesting thing is why it took them so long to do it [...]