Proving What’s Doable with the Cloud

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

It has been a busy two months since we launched internally our Datalink On Demand Labs cloud and cloud use cases. We got DoD Labs up in time for our Cloud & Clear conference in Chicago. Partners and customers immediately took advantage of being able to visualize real use cases that apply to their organizations.

Swing Shift Hybrid Cloud

on Monday, November 26, 2012

There is currently much discussion about the fast paced potential growth of the use of hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is generally defined as the informational and managerial relationship between an organization’s internal, private cloud and someone else’s cloud, be it public, or hosted private cloud.

Was it luck or preparedness?

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Over the last few weeks, I've kept in touch with friends, colleagues and clients in New York and New Jersey to find out how they are coping with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Thankfully, while not without material losses, most of them and their loved ones are well. Many clients had to stop doing business for a few [...]

Big Data tidal wave?

on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Many articles and books have been written comparing Big Data to a tidal wave, a metaphor for the onslaught of data as a voluminous, impactful giant wall of water. Having spent time at the Hadoop World/O’Reilly Big Data conference in NYC recently, I liken it more to a tsunami — a wave of not only great volume, but also of [...]

Interesting times as cloud gets a little clearer

Kent Christensen on Thursday, November 15, 2012

You have heard us talk about the energy around the virtual data center and how orchestration is an important component in the drive toward IT as a service (ITaaS) or cloud. In fact, we built our “proving what’s doable in the cloud” campaign and Datalink on Demand Labs Cloud using those solution [...]

Making IT Experts

Juan Orlandini on Friday, November 09, 2012

A few years ago, Malcom Gladwell wrote Outliers. One of the major premises of this book is that to become an expert at any field requires 10,000 hours of practice. He based that number on research that established most experts in any field only achieved greatness after spending at least that amount of time honing their crafts. [...]

Your disaster recovery wake-up call

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is the latest reminder of the power of nature and the fragility of our infrastructure. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a natural disaster like a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado to remind us about organizational business continuity management (BCM) capabilities and the importance of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

And so it begins…

Kent Christensen on Monday, August 27, 2012

Flying into San Francisco for the start of VMworld, I came across a quote from Lord of the Rings. It’s the scene right before the epic battle for Middle Earth when the armies are converging, the rain starts pouring down, and Theoden looks into the distant and says “so it begins.”

Need a good read?

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

It’s already August. Summer is flying by. However, there’s still time to catch up on some summer reading. One item to add to the list is the updated Datalink white paper, “Moving Toward a Virtual Data Center.” This white paper discusses virtualization well beyond server consolidation. We address how an organization can benefit [...]

Cherry picking

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You might recall that we’ve been hard at work on a managed backup service for our customers. To build that service, we took some hard-earned lessons (I call them scar tissue) and distilled them down to repeatable solutions.

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