Datalink Named to CRN’s Managed Service Provider Elite 150 List


Recognition a result of expanded services portfolio to meet evolving customer needs

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 24, 2014-- Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced it has been named to CRN’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) list as one of the MSP Elite 150. The annual list recognizes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose forward-thinking approach to managed services puts end-user customers in the best position to improve efficiencies, cut costs, and speed time to market for their own products and services.

The MSP Elite 150 consists of data center-focused providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services, as well as off-premise services. Datalink’s focus on delivering high-value services that are relevant to today’s IT organizations has helped enterprises evolve into more agile data center infrastructures. CRN Magazine labeled Datalink a “titan of transformation” in a previously published VAR 500 list, stating that the company has become “a services superstar” offering “a triple threat of professional services, customer support and managed services.”

The past 12 months have seen Datalink expand its managed services portfolio to include managed backup and unified monitoring and managed infrastructure services for virtual data centers to its already robust lineup of management and monitoring services. In addition, Datalink has further developed its Advanced Services practice areas to include Data Center Transformation and Migration, Cloud and IT Service Management, and IT Resiliency. These cover the entire IT lifecycle from needs assessment to strategy definition, plan development, execution and ongoing support.

“Managed services are a cost-effective way to maximize IT efficiencies while addressing staff and skills shortages and minimizing capital expenditures,” said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky. “Our managed services offerings assist customers in optimizing their technology investment, helping their data center run efficiently, and freeing their IT teams to focus on more strategic projects to advance their core business.”

“The managed services landscape continues to evolve rapidly as organizations are discovering they can impact both bottom-line and top-line growth,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “When it comes to strong managed services and off-premise solutions, these companies are the industry’s proven leaders, showing just how they can change the game for their customers and we congratulate them on their success.”

More information about Datalink’s managed services portfolio can be found at

About Datalink
A complete data center solutions and services provider for Fortune 500 and mid-tier enterprises, Datalink transforms data centers so they become more efficient, manageable and responsive to changing business needs. Datalink helps leverage and protect storage, server, and network investments with a focus on long-term value, offering a full lifecycle of services, from consulting and design to implementation, management and support. Datalink solutions span virtualization and consolidation, data storage and protection, advanced network infrastructures, business continuity, and cloud enablement. Each delivers measurable performance gains and maximizes the business value of IT. For more information, call 800.448.6314, visit or follow Datalink on Twitter,BlogYouTubeFacebook, and LinkedIn.

About the Channel Company
The Channel Company is the sales channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology sales channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at

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