Why Cisco HyperFlex is a Big Deal

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Typically when I write a blog post it is more about observations from the industry, clients and events and less about a specific product (because in general product companies have people to do that). However today Cisco announced a new solution that is not only noteworthy but will be very impactful. Today Cisco [...]

Recap of NetApp Insight 2015

Kent Christensen on Monday, October 19, 2015

NetApp Insight, a technical conference for customers and partners, kicked off on Monday, October 12. Datalink was a gold sponsor and invited nearly one hundred customers to attend the conference as well as a hosted dinner on Tuesday evening. Datalink treated booth visitors to an NFL experience and live [...]

Top Three Things to Know Before You Migrate to Clustered Data ONTAP

Jeevan John on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Although many NetApp customers might understand the significance of the word “migrate” in the title of this blog, to many it may still be a surprise. Yes, moving from the traditional NetApp 7-mode to the newer clustered Data ONTAP requires a data migration, unlike seamless upgrades that customers are used to with the previous versions.

Competing with Amazon a la the Discipline of Market Leaders

John Richardson on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Preface: Many IT organizations must now defend their existence in the face of public cloud providers, like Amazon, that are frequently being used to circumvent IT processes. IT needs to be able to respond to the business faster -- going beyond the ability to simply provide a new server -- and [...]

The cloud isn’t just about technology — it’s much more

John Richardson on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The cloud isn’t just about technology. And you may be surprised to learn that the private cloud project moving slowly through your architecture group should really be your number one priority. But your team may not know it and may not be treating it that way. So what else is the cloud about? It’s also about giving your users what they want, the way they want it. For instance:

The Value of an Experienced Data Migration Partner

Jeevan John on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many IT organizations take on data migration projects themselves, only to soon realize that they should have used outside help from the beginning. Moving business-critical data has the potential to cause serious disruption to the organization and requires significant planning to alleviate risk. Data [...]

EMC World Day One – Introducing ViPR

Datalink on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Monday was the opening of really, three different EMC events. EMC World is an annual event held for the EMC user community, Global Partner Summit the annual update for the worldwide partner community of EMC, and the SE conference for the EMC and partner presales technical community. An estimated 15,000 are in Las [...]

Vblock, VSPEX, and Flash to be hot topics at EMC World

Kent Christensen on Friday, May 03, 2013

EMC World is upon us. EMC World begins Monday in Las Vegas. As partner shows go, this is one of the big ones. EMC World is actually comprised of three integrated events: Global Partner Summit on Monday is focused on partners like Datalink. Global Technical Summit for EMC and partner SEs [...]

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.

The Biggest Amazon S3 Security Risk: Your Company’s Employees?

John Richardson on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last week, security firm Rapid7 released the results of a scan they did of Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), and the results have caused shockwaves around the Cloudsphere.

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