Making IT Experts

Juan Orlandini on Friday, November 09, 2012

A few years ago, Malcom Gladwell wrote Outliers. One of the major premises of this book is that to become an expert at any field requires 10,000 hours of practice. He based that number on research that established most experts in any field only achieved greatness after spending at least that amount of time honing their crafts. [...]

And so it begins…

Kent Christensen on Monday, August 27, 2012

Flying into San Francisco for the start of VMworld, I came across a quote from Lord of the Rings. It’s the scene right before the epic battle for Middle Earth when the armies are converging, the rain starts pouring down, and Theoden looks into the distant and says “so it begins.”

Need a good read?

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

It’s already August. Summer is flying by. However, there’s still time to catch up on some summer reading. One item to add to the list is the updated Datalink white paper, “Moving Toward a Virtual Data Center.” This white paper discusses virtualization well beyond server consolidation. We address how an organization can benefit [...]

Cherry picking

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You might recall that we’ve been hard at work on a managed backup service for our customers. To build that service, we took some hard-earned lessons (I call them scar tissue) and distilled them down to repeatable solutions.

Datalink-designed private cloud will help health system improve patient care

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) in Cook County, Illinois, wanted to boost the efficiency of their data center, but more importantly, they wanted their physicians to be able to quickly access patient data.

Maximizing existing storage

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Many businesses have net utilization rates of less than 30-percent. But that’s not the only problem they face… unstructured data, inefficient reporting tools, aging systems, disparate protocols. I could go on.

Whew! The whirlwind is over. Now what?

Kent Christensen on Monday, January 23, 2012

More than 300 employees just wrapped up Datalink’s Tech Summit event in Las Vegas last week. It was a grueling (albeit interesting) schedule. Three days were filled with a host of general sessions and more than 60 breakout sessions about data center trends, innovations, and best practices. Primarily led by [...]

A word about next week

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One of Datalink's best traditions is our annual Tech Summit. We put our executive, sales, and engineering teams together for several days to learn from each other. Our vendor partners take the opportunity to educate us on their major initiatives and strategies for the year. We, in turn, take our folks and have them learn [...]

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