Top 6 Hurdles to IT Optimization

Datalink on Thursday, December 01, 2016

The need to optimize IT operations is almost universal in business today. According to more than 100 IT executives from large U.S. organizations recently surveyed by IDG Research, just nine-percent of companies have operations that are running optimally. The remaining 91-percent have room for improvement.

What CISA means for businesses in the public cloud

Datalink on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Last year, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015 into law, as Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. While there are four cyber components to Division N, CISA arguably has some of the most far-reaching implications. Many don’t know how to [...]

When Toasters Crashed the Internet: What You Should Know About the Recent DDoS Attack

Datalink on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As the dust settles around last week’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, IT experts and many affected companies will note Friday, October 21, 2016 as the date of a watershed event. It is the first time that the Internet of Things (IoT) was used in a widespread cyberattack. Where are we now and what does this attack mean for the future of IT security? This post presents our perspective.

Big Announcements at VMworld 2016

Kent Christensen on Monday, September 12, 2016

As I mentioned in my previous post, the VMware team did a nice job at VMworld of recapping the progress it’s made with its products and solutions in the last year. Attendees seem to be in agreement that the company is heading in the right direction. Part of that progress, of course, has to do with its interactions and integrations with other leading IT product and service providers.

What VMworld in Vegas Reinforced about IT Transformation and Leadership

Kent Christensen on Thursday, September 08, 2016

VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas recently concluded, and as always when our team attends trade shows, we came home having connected with many clients, prospects, and partners. This year’s theme for the show was “be_TOMORROW,” which is a concept we’ve been talking about for some time now at [...]

Top 7 Steps for Turning IT into a Catalyst for Change

Datalink on Thursday, March 24, 2016

One of the key findings in a recent Datalink-commissioned IDG Research Services survey on IT investment and business outcomes is that in order to be successful, IT organizations must do a better job of linking investments to business outcomes. They must be more proactive and more focused on business objectives, and take the lead in helping the business leverage IT to meet them.

Cisco and Pure Storage make important partnership official with release of first FlashStack CVD.

Kent Christensen on Friday, March 18, 2016

Cisco and Pure Storage make important partnership official with release of first FlashStack CVD.

Why Cisco HyperFlex is a Big Deal

Kent Christensen on Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Typically when I write a blog post it is more about observations from the industry, clients and events and less about a specific product (because in general product companies have people to do that). However today Cisco announced a new solution that is not only noteworthy but will be very impactful. Today Cisco [...]

Transforming IT: 5 Tips for Helping CIOs Think and Act like CEOs

Datalink on Monday, February 15, 2016

A recent IDG/Datalink survey of IT leaders at large U.S. companies revealed that strategic business goals, rather than traditional considerations like IT refreshes, are increasingly driving IT spending decisions. In fact, 68% of respondents believe that strategic objectives are given higher [...]

Datalink achieves third Cisco master certification. Is this a big deal?

Datalink on Friday, February 12, 2016

In a word, YES!  In order to defend that answer, one must understand what a master certification is and why it matters.

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