Debunking Myths of Managed Services

John Richardson on Friday, September 27, 2013

Today’s IT leaders are pressed more than ever to deliver not just technology to their internal and external customers, but well packaged services with easy to understand scopes, SLAs and pricing. They need the people and processes to deliver them and the automation to measure and report on the services their customers are consuming.

Roll out the (hybrid) clouds for VMworld 2013

Kent Christensen on Friday, August 23, 2013

Datalink, along with 20,000 of our close friends have been busy getting ready for VMworld 2013 in San Francisco next week. The virtualization and cloud event that is primarily customer focused is sure to be a busy week. VMware will be rolling out the latest information about updates on major initiatives like vCloud, Software Defined Data Center, End User Computing and vCloud Hybrid Services.

Top Three Things to Know Before You Migrate to Clustered Data ONTAP

Jeevan John on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Although many NetApp customers might understand the significance of the word “migrate” in the title of this blog, to many it may still be a surprise. Yes, moving from the traditional NetApp 7-mode to the newer clustered Data ONTAP requires a data migration, unlike seamless upgrades that customers are used to with the previous versions.

Competing with Amazon a la the Discipline of Market Leaders

John Richardson on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Preface: Many IT organizations must now defend their existence in the face of public cloud providers, like Amazon, that are frequently being used to circumvent IT processes. IT needs to be able to respond to the business faster -- going beyond the ability to simply provide a new server -- and [...]

The cloud isn’t just about technology — it’s much more

John Richardson on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The cloud isn’t just about technology. And you may be surprised to learn that the private cloud project moving slowly through your architecture group should really be your number one priority. But your team may not know it and may not be treating it that way. So what else is the cloud about? It’s also about giving your users what they want, the way they want it. For instance:

The Value of an Experienced Data Migration Partner

Jeevan John on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many IT organizations take on data migration projects themselves, only to soon realize that they should have used outside help from the beginning. Moving business-critical data has the potential to cause serious disruption to the organization and requires significant planning to alleviate risk. Data [...]

EMC World Day One – Introducing ViPR

Datalink on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Monday was the opening of really, three different EMC events. EMC World is an annual event held for the EMC user community, Global Partner Summit the annual update for the worldwide partner community of EMC, and the SE conference for the EMC and partner presales technical community. An estimated 15,000 are in Las [...]

Vblock, VSPEX, and Flash to be hot topics at EMC World

Kent Christensen on Friday, May 03, 2013

EMC World is upon us. EMC World begins Monday in Las Vegas. As partner shows go, this is one of the big ones. EMC World is actually comprised of three integrated events: Global Partner Summit on Monday is focused on partners like Datalink. Global Technical Summit for EMC and partner SEs [...]

Datalink to Present at Data Center World Tuesday, April 30

Datalink on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Next week is Data Center World where over 1,000 data center and facilities management professionals from around the globe will get together in one place -- Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with peers as this will be the third consecutive year I'll be presenting. This [...]

Customer Driven BC/DR - Changing the Rules of the Game

John Richardson on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It used to be the only companies that needed real Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) programs were those that were regulated or heavily IT-dependent. If you weren't in that group, you could bet against a disaster occurring and get away with not having tested or updated your plan, and in most cases there wouldn't be consequences.

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