If private cloud is the objective…

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Friday, September 23, 2011

When we talk about building an internal private cloud, we're referring in the most pure sense as enabling IT as a Service. This will consist of a unified infrastructure that is provisioned into a pool that business owners can self-provision as business and application needs arise – implying that we need a layer of [...]

FLASH: There’s danger in them waters.

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FLASH is fast! That's the banner everyone's been waving for a while. We've all bought into it. I sure have. My shiny new MacBook Air with SSD feels much faster than anything I've ever had. As my teenager says, "it's crazy fast." Applications load essentially instantly. The same has to be true for the fancier enterprise SSDs, right? Spinning disk is dead! Dead I tell you!

Dedupe, Depends

Datalink on Friday, September 16, 2011

Back to "serious business" after my belated April Fool’s Day flight of fancy.

Software or hardware dedupe?

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Tuesday, September 06, 2011

One of the questions we're asked all the time is whether customers should implement software or hardware dedupe in their data protection environments. It's a good question, and as with most good questions, the answer is simple: it depends.

Observations from VMworld

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Thursday, September 01, 2011

VMworld 2011 is winding down. While it's a little late for a preview, I'll share some initial observations.

Unified architectures deserve unified support

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Monday, August 29, 2011

And now you have it. With an announcement at VMworld, Datalink becomes the first FlexPod channel partner to assume ownership of and deliver FlexPod support services.

The Road to FlexPod

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two weeks ago, I shared insights on how organizations are migrating toward private and public cloud services as a guest blogger on the NetApp Community.

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]

Archiving beyond email: There’s more you can do

Datalink on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Most of my day is spent helping customers research, choose, and implement an email archiving and journaling solution.

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.

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