October 2011 lab update

Datalink on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Greetings, Constant Reader. A short update on the Datalink Labs[1] equipment injections and build activities over the next month (to hopefully brighten your day):

Convergence continues

Kent Christensen on Monday, October 03, 2011

Today Datalink announced the acquisition of Midwave, a Minneapolis-based IT solutions and services company focused on optimizing data centers for enterprise customers. The specifics of the acquisition can be found here. This is great news for our customers, partners, and shareholders. Consolidation in the marketplace – like this – continues. And, also within the data center.

Sept. 2011 lab updates

Datalink on Friday, September 30, 2011

Riding high over the earth, heading to a wedding in Kansas City, MO. Perfect time for some quick notes on recent and current events in Datalink labs…

If private cloud is the objective…

Kent Christensen on Friday, September 23, 2011

When we talk about building an internal private cloud, we're referring in the most pure sense as enabling IT as a Service. This will consist of a unified infrastructure that is provisioned into a pool that business owners can self-provision as business and application needs arise – implying that we need a [...]

Observations from VMworld

Kent Christensen on Thursday, September 01, 2011

VMworld 2011 is winding down. While it's a little late for a preview, I'll share some initial observations.

Unified architectures deserve unified support

Kent Christensen on Monday, August 29, 2011

And now you have it. With an announcement at VMworld, Datalink becomes the first FlexPod channel partner to assume ownership of and deliver FlexPod support services.

The Road to FlexPod

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two weeks ago, I shared insights on how organizations are migrating toward private and public cloud services as a guest blogger on the NetApp Community.

Pods, Clouds, Scapes, and Labs

Datalink on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thanks to the relentless teamwork of our engineering, product, marketing and practice groups, Datalink labs feature examples of two distinct virtual data center (VDC) unified reference architectures. We think that makes us a more selective lab-enabled company than one that has no VDCs/private clouds in their labs.[1]

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.

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 [...]

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