DOD Labs, IT solutions for healthcare, and more at Symantec Vision 2013

Datalink on Monday, April 22, 2013

Symantec Vision affords Datalink invaluable time with Symantec customer-facing teams, sales and product leadership to get clarity on future solution roadmaps, strengthen our technical training and better equip our field organization to help our customers maximize the value of their current & future investment in Symantec products.

Can you handle the truth?

John Richardson on Thursday, April 11, 2013

A mentor of mine in the consulting business once told me that consultants have a “Golden Searchlight,” which could be shined on issues that had been either inadvertently overlooked or carefully hidden. But, once the Searchlight revealed an issue, it had to be dealt with, no matter how painful or embarrassing, so the advice was to be careful where you shine it.

For Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, know what you don’t know.

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Monday, April 08, 2013

You can't say you have business continuity or IT disaster recovery capabilities unless you know they work. And the only way to guarantee your capabilities are real is to test them. Many organizations avoid “testing” because of the “pass or fail” implications, and choose to use terms like “exercise” [...]

The Biggest Amazon S3 Security Risk: Your Company’s Employees?

John Richardson on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last week, security firm Rapid7 released the results of a scan they did of Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), and the results have caused shockwaves around the Cloudsphere.

Why do so many monitoring deployments fail?

John Richardson on Monday, March 25, 2013

Monitoring is more important than ever in this era of virtualization and cloud. Good performance data is critical to getting the most leverage from your servers while maintaining stability, and it’s getting harder than ever to work without performance data. As you build out your private cloud, you’ll find [...]

Who holds the bag in the rogue cloud?

John Richardson on Friday, March 22, 2013

A recent Symantec survey indicates that 83% of 3000 IT managers in 29 countries admit that their users are using “rogue” clouds. Of that same group, 40% said that confidential data had been exposed by the unsanctioned activity.

Why is your private cloud initiative stalled?

John Richardson on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Private cloud initiatives are moving up the CIO’s priority list, but very few seem to get to production in a timely manner. Here is a list of some of the headwinds these projects encounter...

Healthcare Case Study: Improving the Patient Experience Through IT

Datalink on Friday, March 08, 2013

Recently, Datalink attended the HIMSS 2013 annual conference and exhibition where the focus of this year's event was on the convergence of three key elements: technology, health IT reform, and delivery of care. As an exhibitor and participant, we had a chance to interact with some of the largest [...]

When IT Universes Collide

Datalink on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article Summary: You may be the CIO or IT manager for a fairly complex IT environment. You also may already have begun moving your data center to a private cloud paradigm that offers greater efficiency and agility to meet your company's needs. While there are still a few challenges to work through, most days seem to run fairly smoothly.

Data Center Relocation: An Opportunity for Data Center Transformation

on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A data center relocation (DCR) project can seem a daunting effort to any organization staring it in the face. The need for DCR may be the result of a merger/acquisition, expiration of data center lease, renewal of a provider’s contract, or the fact that you've run out of space, power or cooling [...]

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