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.

Archiving beyond email

Datalink on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

As I work with companies to evaluate how to leverage archiving, email is top of mind. Many go on to research, choose and implement an email archiving and journaling solution. They enable the ediscovery functionality, and their legal counsels are using the tools.

Tools you can use

Datalink on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Last month, Juan wrote a blog on the five fingers of backup administration. One of those fingers was storage. Storage means several things when it comes to data protection: the backup of the client’s disk, the disk being utilized by the master server to hold the metadata (catalog), the place you're holding your backups (disk [...]

Redundancy in dedupe

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Recently, Mike Spindler and I had a conversation, and he brought up an interesting point. When we design storage architectures, it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to build the SAN/NAS solution to be redundant across everything we can: dual HBAs, redundant fabrics, high-availability (HA) storage solutions, etc [...]

Datalink labs is giving away a Kindle Fire

Datalink on Monday, November 14, 2011

Giving away a $50 Amazon gift card for answering a trivia question that could have been easily Googled was nearly impossible – though it did eventually happen (to a colleague, who writes here as well), even if it took weeks longer than expected. But I'm not letting that deter me... in fact, I'm going to try another contest. But first, let me set the stage...

Control your cloud destiny

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The drumbeat around enterprise cloud computing continues to get louder. More and more organizations want to have a conversation about how cloud can impact their businesses. Some because they need a defensible position on cloud for c-level bosses. Others because they want to be proactive and apply the benefits of cloud computing to drive their organizations' business models.

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...

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):

Five fingers of administration

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In a different life, I managed a team of professional services consultants. Part of my responsibility was recruiting these folks. For a while, I was moderately famous for my interview questionnaire, which featured stuff about megabytes this or tape speed that. I used this process to weed out resume packers. You [...]

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.

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