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.

PST / NST files: Concerns and implications

Datalink on Monday, July 11, 2011

We've all received messages from our IT departments stating that our mailboxes are approaching the company-defined quotas, and that we must “clean” our mailboxes to reduce their size. So what do we do? We can selectively delete messages that we “think” we don’t need, then of course Murphy’s Law kicks in and [...]

Curated virtualized environments

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What if we had a curated VMware world? It's no secret that VMware has been telling everyone that the future is ESXi. The service console (SC) is going away. And it's happening soon. Really soon. There are a number of reasons that VMware is doing this, but the interesting thing is why it took them so long to do it [...]

Why is storage growth so high?

Juan Orlandini on Monday, June 27, 2011

We never seem to have enough space. I keep talking about the good old days when I did this or that, and it's starting to make me feel like an old codger. But, there're lessons to be learned in what we did before. So, let me tell you another story.

Current events at Datalink Labs

Datalink on Monday, June 27, 2011

Howdy, Constant Reader. I'll make brief mention of a few recent Datalink Labs goings-on, and remind you to leverage the labs to let Datalink show you how IT happens; we don’t bite (unless asked).

On the exit strategy

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All tech becomes obsolete at some point. I've had the pleasure of discussing IT with CIOs across a number of industries for many years. Surprisingly, only a few of them have told me that they worry about exit strategies for their technology. As simple as it might sound, at some point, all technology becomes obsolete. CIOs [...]

Five steps to optimizing data deduplication

Datalink on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Data deduplication continues to be a hot topic with many of the IT shops I’ve been to as of late – especially when it comes to sorting through technology options and optimizing deduplication performance in production backup environments. Check out my related white paper, “Using Deduplication: Five Steps [...]

Finding flexibility with unified architecture

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Many IT professionals are evaluating how to optimize the existing data center to deliver private cloud services. As discussed in an earlier blog post, we see the cloud as a mix of public, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and private cloud services. Even robust public cloud forecasts leave 65- to 75-percent [...]

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