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.

Our advanced competencies in FlexPod earn honors

Kent Christensen on Monday, June 11, 2012

Datalink is thrilled to announce we’ve become the first North American channel partner to earn the FlexPod Premium Partner designation from Cisco and NetApp. As one of the few partners that offers consulting, analysis, design, deployment, support, and management of virtual data center solutions, we [...]

Why so quiet?

Juan Orlandini on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

You might have noticed that things have been somewhat quiet around here. I certainly haven't posted for some time. We’ve been quietly working on something really great, and we needed to focus on that. It’s now time for us to publicly announce what we've been up to.

What is slow?

Phil O'Konski on Monday, June 04, 2012

Last week, I was visiting with a customer, and they were sharing a common problem. An end user calls and says, "our application is slow." Their challenge is familiar to many customers I've met.

The buzz surrounding VSPEX and Datalink

Kent Christensen on Thursday, May 24, 2012

There's a tremendous amount of activity at EMC World, and one area to highlight is VSPEX. On April 12, EMC announced VSPEX, a reference architecture integrating strategic partners such as VMware, Microsoft, Cisco, Brocade, Intel, and others. They provided 14 pre-validated solutions that are server-agnostic [...]

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