Pods, Clouds, Scapes, and Labs

Datalink on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thanks to the relentless teamwork of our engineering, product, marketing and practice groups, Datalink labs feature examples of two distinct virtual data center (VDC) unified reference architectures. We think that makes us a more selective lab-enabled company than one that has no VDCs/private clouds in their labs.[1]

Get on to My Cloud

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

As you know, Datalink is a proud partner of NetApp. This partnership – and the ones with other leading technology vendors – enables us to gain insight into trends and solutions that help our customers accomplish their goals.

Curated virtualized environments

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What if we had a curated VMware world? It's no secret that VMware has been telling everyone that the future is ESXi. The service console (SC) is going away. And it's happening soon. Really soon. There are a number of reasons that VMware is doing this, but the interesting thing is why it took them so long to do it. One of [...]

Speaking of restores

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

vStorage VADP APIs I mentioned before that the vStorage APIs are VMware's new, better, faster, cooler, and usable method to do backups and storage better. It's time we explore the backup side a little bit more.

Virtualization in the Big City

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the last couple weeks, VMware started the spring 2011 tour of VMware Forum events. These are regionally focused one-day “mini VMworlds.” In Washington DC on May 3, they reportedly drew 1,500 attendees, and 1,350 came to the event in New York last week. Attendees not only saw the latest in VMware messaging, but also a myriad of partners that were showing off complementary solutions.

Welcome. Let’s explore Datalink Labs.

Datalink on Friday, May 13, 2011

Greetings, friend. I'm Datalink Staff Engineer Rick Shangle, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to yammer with you via Datalink's blogtwittertubesystem.

Bumps in the clouds

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Monday, May 09, 2011

April was a stormy month for a lot of people. Besides the weather, it was also impactful on cloud computing. If you love the cloud, there was one particularly bad week. If you fear the cloud, there was a collective sigh of relief (at least temporarily).

It’s all about the primitives (cont.)

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Wednesday, May 04, 2011

In my previous post, I discussed two of vSphere’s 4.1 "primitives." Today, I’ll dig into hardware-assisted locking. Like the other primitives, this is a specific function that the arrays’ vendors can choose to implement.

It’s all about the primitives

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Friday, April 29, 2011

In this previous post I introduced the VMware vStorage APIs. It’s time to explore this a bit further.

Private Cloud Computing: An Essential Overview

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I just wrapped up a three-city seminar series with customers and partners regarding virtual data centers and how they intersect with cloud (private or public) computing. When in group settings such as these, I typically conduct an informal poll by asking attendees if they have a "cloud initiative" within their [...]

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