Lessons learned at VMworld 2015

Kent Christensen on Friday, September 04, 2015

Now that the sessions, exhibits, and parties of VMworld are behind us, it’s time to take a few minutes and reflect upon what we discovered during our week in San Francisco.

Why Managed Services and Outsourcing Fail

Datalink on Thursday, September 03, 2015

It doesn’t take long to find articles and research discussing the high failure rate of outsourcing agreements. Some sources indicate that the failure rate is as high as 50%. I’m not sure that I agree with all of the information I’ve read on the matter, especially since very little context is provided on how these rates have been calculated.

VMworld 2015 update

Datalink on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

One major theme at this year’s VMworld is the continuing rise of the software-defined data center. No longer merely a buzzword, the concept is quickly becoming a reality. Ideas like software-defined networking are moving out of the lab and into the production data center.

Is Public Cloud Really Cheaper? It Depends.

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Many companies are actively evaluating or trying public cloud services. This is especially true in the area of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Their main rationale? While many look for advantages like easy access, they also feel they’ll gain dramatic cost savings often touted with going to ‘the Cloud.’

Cisco Intercloud Fabric for Business: big news for Datalink’s hybrid cloud projects

Datalink on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Gartner predicted two years ago that 50% of enterprises would utilize hybrid clouds by 2017, but adoption has been stalled by a simple fact: moving data back and forth between private and public clouds is complicated, particularly if different hypervisors and cloud providers are involved. Now – thanks to vendors like Cisco – that’s changing.

Put your cloud strategy on the fast track

Datalink on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Migrating to the cloud poses a number of challenges, especially for organizations unfamiliar with the technology and the process. Datalink’s Cloud Complete solution combines infrastructure, managed services, advanced business integration services, and support to give companies a strategic road map for making the move and meeting business objectives.

Windows Server 2003 migrations: “Are We There Yet?”

John Richardson on Friday, March 27, 2015

With the July deadline for Windows Server 2003 migrations approaching, our teams have been wondering when everyone will complete this critical migration. As of July 2014, Microsoft said that more than 8 million Windows 2003 Servers in the U.S. still needed to be migrated. However, recently, one [...]

How to Outsource

Datalink on Thursday, March 05, 2015

Over the last several quarters I’ve written a few posts about outsourcing. First, I covered when you should do it, followed by what should be outsourced. Once you’ve made the decision that you need help – and you know which functions you need help with – the logical next step is how to go about it.

Tackle operational inefficiency with regular service reviews

Phil O'Konski on Friday, January 02, 2015

As the college football playoff season wraps up, one of the themes we constantly heard from the sports pundits was exploring a college football team’s résumé compiled during the year. Did they have strong wins or weak losses? Did they have a good strength of schedule or did they fill their schedule with cupcakes? Did they end the season with a flourish or a thud?

Why outsource?

Datalink on Monday, September 22, 2014

In my recent blog posts, I’ve addressed the “what, when, how,” and “why” of outsourcing, including the best time to outsource (i.e., when you need help advancing your business). The “when” and “why” may sound very similar, but there’s more to the “why” than just needing help. I often find that many organizations are relying on [...]

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