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.

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…

Loud squeaky wheels

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Most of this blog is written by my peers in Datalink's practice management group. Generally, it's not hard to get us to say a lot about a great number of things, so when we get a blog entry request from our fearless blog tormentor (hi Cheryl), we tend to be able to write quite a bit. On Monday, I was asked to write an entry [...]

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 [...]

FLASH: There’s danger in them waters.

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FLASH is fast! That's the banner everyone's been waving for a while. We've all bought into it. I sure have. My shiny new MacBook Air with SSD feels much faster than anything I've ever had. As my teenager says, "it's crazy fast." Applications load essentially instantly. The same has to be true for the fancier enterprise SSDs, right? Spinning disk is dead! Dead I tell you!

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