Vendors Forget the Biggest Value of Deduplication in Large Enterprises

Datalink on Monday, July 25, 2011

Data deduplication vendors constantly tout two big data deduplication selling points: higher reliability and faster restores (compared to tape). No doubt about it, these are important. And, we’ve seen some exceptional results with data deduplication practice in production environments of large and mid-size enterprises.

Talking taxes? In IT? Really?

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Thursday, July 21, 2011

News is full of budget and tax talk. Here in tropical Minnesota (Datalink Headquarters), we're wrapping up a three-week-long government shutdown. The debate: Raise taxes or cut spending. Nationally, Congress is facing an August 2 deadline to address a similar issue: Avoiding a government debt default. Meanwhile in IT, we've been [...]

Datalink labs by the numbers

Datalink on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome back! Time to share a few key numbers related to our demo/training/interop labs. In no particular order...

When does a unified architecture become a unified architecture?

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My last post discussed how unified architectures provide a blueprint for an internal cloud data center architecture, delivering reduced risk and an optimized infrastructure for most mission-critical applications. And while there's a lot of buzz about unified architecture, detractors point out that only a subset of registered opportunities result in an immediate FlexPod or Vblock deployment.

PST / NST files: Concerns and implications

Datalink on Monday, July 11, 2011

We've all received messages from our IT departments stating that our mailboxes are approaching the company-defined quotas, and that we must “clean” our mailboxes to reduce their size. So what do we do? We can selectively delete messages that we “think” we don’t need, then of course Murphy’s Law kicks in and we need to [...]

Curated virtualized environments

Juan Orlandini, Chief Technology Officer, North America & Distinguished Engineer 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 [...]

Why is storage growth so high?

Juan Orlandini, Chief Technology Officer, North America & Distinguished Engineer on Monday, June 27, 2011

We never seem to have enough space. I keep talking about the good old days when I did this or that, and it's starting to make me feel like an old codger. But, there're lessons to be learned in what we did before. So, let me tell you another story.

Current events at Datalink Labs

Datalink on Monday, June 27, 2011

Howdy, Constant Reader. I'll make brief mention of a few recent Datalink Labs goings-on, and remind you to leverage the labs to let Datalink show you how IT happens; we don’t bite (unless asked).

On the exit strategy

Juan Orlandini, Chief Technology Officer, North America & Distinguished Engineer on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All tech becomes obsolete at some point. I've had the pleasure of discussing IT with CIOs across a number of industries for many years. Surprisingly, only a few of them have told me that they worry about exit strategies for their technology. As simple as it might sound, at some point, all technology becomes obsolete. CIOs generally [...]

Five steps to optimizing data deduplication

Datalink on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Data deduplication continues to be a hot topic with many of the IT shops I’ve been to as of late – especially when it comes to sorting through technology options and optimizing deduplication performance in production backup environments. Check out my related white paper, “Using Deduplication: Five Steps to Backup [...]

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