Why do so many monitoring deployments fail?

John Richardson on Monday, March 25, 2013

Monitoring is more important than ever in this era of virtualization and cloud. Good performance data is critical to getting the most leverage from your servers while maintaining stability, and it’s getting harder than ever to work without performance data. As you build out your private cloud, you’ll find [...]

Why is your private cloud initiative stalled?

John Richardson on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Private cloud initiatives are moving up the CIO’s priority list, but very few seem to get to production in a timely manner. Here is a list of some of the headwinds these projects encounter...

Data Center Relocation: An Opportunity for Data Center Transformation

on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A data center relocation (DCR) project can seem a daunting effort to any organization staring it in the face. The need for DCR may be the result of a merger/acquisition, expiration of data center lease, renewal of a provider’s contract, or the fact that you've run out of space, power or cooling [...]

Proving What’s Doable with the Cloud

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

It has been a busy two months since we launched internally our Datalink On Demand Labs cloud and cloud use cases. We got DoD Labs up in time for our Cloud & Clear conference in Chicago. Partners and customers immediately took advantage of being able to visualize real use cases that apply to their organizations.

Was it luck or preparedness?

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Over the last few weeks, I've kept in touch with friends, colleagues and clients in New York and New Jersey to find out how they are coping with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Thankfully, while not without material losses, most of them and their loved ones are well. Many clients had to stop doing business for a few [...]

Big Data tidal wave?

on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Many articles and books have been written comparing Big Data to a tidal wave, a metaphor for the onslaught of data as a voluminous, impactful giant wall of water. Having spent time at the Hadoop World/O’Reilly Big Data conference in NYC recently, I liken it more to a tsunami — a wave of not only great volume, but also of [...]

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. [...]

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.

Some really smart people

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

If you've read this blog for a while, you'll no doubt have noticed that I'm a nerd thinly disguised as a semi-eloquent submitter of prose. Nothing should drive that point closer to home than the inspiration for this article.

Storage assessments, really?

Juan Orlandini on Saturday, October 22, 2011

Recently, a customer asked me for further clarification on a proposed storage assessment. Wisely, they'd asked third parties to give them perspective on the value of a storage assessment. The third party, an industry analyst, came back with four major areas to address...

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