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]

Archiving beyond email: There’s more you can do

Datalink on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Most of my day is spent helping customers research, choose, and implement an email archiving and journaling solution.

Get on to My Cloud

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

As you know, Datalink is a proud partner of NetApp. This partnership – and the ones with other leading technology vendors – enables us to gain insight into trends and solutions that help our customers accomplish their goals.

NetApp ONTAP 8.1 Beta in Datalink Labs

Datalink on Monday, August 08, 2011

Last week, I sat in on the kickoff of an exciting new Datalink labs project at our headquarters in Chanhassen, MN: a team of NetApp ninjas working with our guys to build a four-node ONTAP 8.1 beta V-series cluster running a combination of NetApp and non-NetApp disk storage under the covers.

Archiving & Journaling, do you really need both?

Datalink on Friday, July 29, 2011

So you are well on your way to researching an archiving solution to implement in your organization , and the sales guy asks, “are you going to journal your email?” a few seconds and a few head scratches later you reply, “I am already planning to archive, why do I need to journal too?” Don’t feel bad, you are not alone.

Vendors Forget the Biggest Value of Deduplication in Large Enterprises

Datalink on Monday, July 25, 2011

Data deduplication vendors constantly tout two big data deduplication selling points: higher reliability and faster restores (compared to tape). No doubt about it, these are important. And, we’ve seen some exceptional results with data deduplication practice in production environments of large and mid-size enterprises.

Talking taxes? In IT? Really?

Kent Christensen on Thursday, July 21, 2011

News is full of budget and tax talk. Here in tropical Minnesota (Datalink Headquarters), we're wrapping up a three-week-long government shutdown. The debate: Raise taxes or cut spending. Nationally, Congress is facing an August 2 deadline to address a similar issue: Avoiding a government debt default. Meanwhile in IT, we [...]

Datalink labs by the numbers

Datalink on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome back! Time to share a few key numbers related to our demo/training/interop labs. In no particular order...

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.

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