Datalink Upgrades City of Riverside’s Storage & Disaster Recovery Infrastructure


Project Included System Design, Deployment & Data Migration for Primary & Secondary Data Centers

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- Datalink (NASDAQ: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced the successful completion of a data storage and disaster recovery infrastructure upgrade project for the City of Riverside, California. Datalinkreplaced a five-year-old storage area network with new technology that nearly doubled its data storage capacity and provides failover capabilities between primary and secondary data centers, ensuring a steady flow of information to the city’s 2,300 employees and 312,000 residents. System design, deployment and data migration services were supplied by Datalink personnel.

The City of Riverside selected Datalink in a competitive bidding process that included six vendors. The depth and breadth of Datalink’s technical staff was a key factor in the contract award, along with high analyst rankings for the NetApp solution that Datalink recommended.

“Our objective was to be sure we had a reliable solution as well as a strong implementation partner that would take the lead and see the project through to completion,” said Lea Deesing, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Riverside. “The fact that Datalink was able to complete the migration on time, on budget, and quietly in the background without any unplanned downtime is a real accomplishment for a wholesale overhaul of a major backend system.”

The project involved migrating half a petabyte of data from the city’s outgoing system and deploying a NetApp FAS8040 storage array at the city’s primary data center, a NetApp FAS8020 at another location for disaster recovery, NetApp SnapMirror replication software to maintain a duplicate copy of the city’s data at the disaster recovery site, and NetApp’s Clustered Data OnTAP storage operating system enabling failover between the two sites as well as easy scalability.

The upgrade provides nearly a petabyte of storage that can be either scaled up or scaled out, including the ability to move workloads to any storage pool owned by any node within the cluster to accommodate changing needs or hardware refreshes without disrupting data access for end users.

The deployment was completed entirely after business hours to avoid service interruptions. The Datalink team guiding the work included a project manager, design and implementation engineers, and advanced services personnel who handled the data migration. Datalink is also providing technical support through its OneCall service, which is staffed by two U.S.-based support centers to ensure redundancy and compliance with service level agreements.

“Any mission-critical project like this requires an experienced integration partner to ensure a smooth implementation. This is particularly true when a project involves newer technologies like NetAppClustered Data OnTAP, which requires an advanced understanding of migration methodologies as well as storage, virtualization and network architectures,” said Shawn O’Grady, Chief Operating Officer at Datalink. “The success of this deployment demonstrates the importance of having a knowledgeable services team to design, install and support new data center infrastructure.”

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 or visit

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