Can you handle the truth?

John Richardson on Thursday, April 11, 2013

A mentor of mine in the consulting business once told me that consultants have a “Golden Searchlight,” which could be shined on issues that had been either inadvertently overlooked or carefully hidden. But, once the Searchlight revealed an issue, it had to be dealt with, no matter how painful or embarrassing, so the advice was to be careful where you shine it.

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...

Healthcare Case Study: Improving the Patient Experience Through IT

Datalink on Friday, March 08, 2013

Recently, Datalink attended the HIMSS 2013 annual conference and exhibition where the focus of this year's event was on the convergence of three key elements: technology, health IT reform, and delivery of care. As an exhibitor and participant, we had a chance to interact with some of the largest [...]

When IT Universes Collide

Datalink on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article Summary: You may be the CIO or IT manager for a fairly complex IT environment. You also may already have begun moving your data center to a private cloud paradigm that offers greater efficiency and agility to meet your company's needs. While there are still a few challenges to work through, most days seem to run fairly smoothly.

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 [...]

Change Leads to Opportunity

Phil O'Konski on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I have talked to many clients recently who have experienced the challenge of trying to replace a rare skill set within their organization. Unexpectedly watching that skill set and knowledge walk out the door puts a strain on operations, and usually puts high business impact efforts on hold. Those same clients are [...]

Interesting times as cloud gets a little clearer

Kent Christensen on Thursday, November 15, 2012

You have heard us talk about the energy around the virtual data center and how orchestration is an important component in the drive toward IT as a service (ITaaS) or cloud. In fact, we built our “proving what’s doable in the cloud” campaign and Datalink on Demand Labs Cloud using those solution [...]

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 [...]

Our advanced competencies in FlexPod earn honors

Kent Christensen on Monday, June 11, 2012

Datalink is thrilled to announce we’ve become the first North American channel partner to earn the FlexPod Premium Partner designation from Cisco and NetApp. As one of the few partners that offers consulting, analysis, design, deployment, support, and management of virtual data center solutions, we [...]

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