Datalink-designed private cloud will help health system improve patient care

Kent Christensen on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) in Cook County, Illinois, wanted to boost the efficiency of their data center, but more importantly, they wanted their physicians to be able to quickly access patient data.

Maximizing existing storage

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Many businesses have net utilization rates of less than 30-percent. But that’s not the only problem they face… unstructured data, inefficient reporting tools, aging systems, disparate protocols. I could go on.

Datalink Earns Cisco Cloud Infrastructure Designation

Kent Christensen on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kudos to Datalink for achieving the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure designation within the Cisco Cloud Partner Program. By earning this designation, Datalink has demonstrated that we have the required competencies to sell and implement cloud-ready infrastructure across security, networking, compute [...]

So you want to change your backup tool?

Juan Orlandini on Friday, February 17, 2012

Our field engineers get asked some tough questions. A common one is: "how do I change my backup product from vendor X to vendor Y?" This is a surprisingly rich topic of discussion. It turns out that making this change is definitely possible, but it's not easy. There are a few reasons why...

Transforming Data Centers One at a Time

Kent Christensen on Monday, February 13, 2012

Congrats to Datalink for being the first NetApp partner to achieve its Data Center – FlexPod specialization. This was no small feat for field and corporate-based teams that are beyond busy doing their normal gigs.

Resolve conflict by rethinking your virtualization strategies

Kent Christensen on Thursday, February 09, 2012

I spend the bulk of my days talking to mid- and large-size enterprises about the virtues of data center virtualization. Migration paths often vary from company to company. Like anything that is transformational, barriers exist. Internal barriers fall into two groups: politics and culture, and new ways to think about IT. Virtualization also requires new skills.

The trend toward private cloud

Kent Christensen on Monday, February 06, 2012

As I continue to work with customers, the discussion around data center cloud strategies is definitely heating up. Many organizations are well on their way to creating a cloud / virtual data center strategy while many others are realizing an urgent need to define and execute a strategy.

Whew! The whirlwind is over. Now what?

Kent Christensen on Monday, January 23, 2012

More than 300 employees just wrapped up Datalink’s Tech Summit event in Las Vegas last week. It was a grueling (albeit interesting) schedule. Three days were filled with a host of general sessions and more than 60 breakout sessions about data center trends, innovations, and best practices. Primarily led by [...]

A word about next week

Juan Orlandini on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One of Datalink's best traditions is our annual Tech Summit. We put our executive, sales, and engineering teams together for several days to learn from each other. Our vendor partners take the opportunity to educate us on their major initiatives and strategies for the year. We, in turn, take our folks and have them learn [...]

Update from Datalink labs

Datalink on Thursday, December 22, 2011

December isn't the best time to visit Minnesota[1], but I'll give the geography this kudo: it's flat. And for some reason they make a good buffalo wing out there, even though it's across the lakes from Buffalo, NY. Many miles away.

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