Datalink Continues Converged Infrastructure Sales Growth With Multimillion-Dollar Pure Storage FlashStack Contract


Datalink’s Largest Flash Storage-Based Transaction To Date Plus Professional & Support Services
Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced a five million dollar contract with a global compliance solution provider for PureStorage’s all-flash FlashStack CI converged infrastructure solution and related professional and support services. The contract marks Datalink’s largest transaction to date of the five-month-old, flash storage-based FlashStack CI offering and the latest example of the value of converged data center infrastructure merging storage, compute and networking in driving company growth.

The contract covers the FlashStack solution, including Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Series storage arrays, Cisco UCS Blade Servers and Cisco Nexus switches, as well as project management, design, deployment and single-call support from Datalink’s OneCall Support Services. This full range of services reflects Datalink’s status as the first FlashStack Authorized Support Partner in the U.S. The deployment will also leverage the customer’s existing VMware vSphere 5 for virtualization.

The new converged infrastructure will replace aging storage, compute, and network technologies, simplify IT operations, reduce costs, and transition the client to a high-performance flash storage environment for its mission-critical workloads. The client will also gain greater scalability and agility to support ongoing organic and merger-based growth.

In addition, Datalink will help the client enhance its disaster recovery capabilities by leveraging PureStorage FlashRecover for site-to-site data replication and failover capabilities between the client’s production and secondary data centers more than 1,400 miles apart.

“This engagement is the largest of about a dozen FlashStack projects that we have successfully deployed based on Pure’s flash storage technology, and a prime example of our expertise in designing, implementing, supporting and managing multi-vendor converged data center infrastructures,” said Shawn O’Grady, chief operating officer at Datalink. “These deployments not only help customers consolidate and/or optimize their data center operations but also serve as essential building blocks for cloud initiatives, and Pure’s all-flash solution provides an important new option for customers who are embarking on converged infrastructure projects.”

“Market demand for our flash-powered FlashStack converged infrastructure is brewing, and Datalink is playing an important role in thoughtfully addressing the demand in the U.S.,” said Michael Sotnick, VP of Global Channels and Alliances, at Pure Storage. “We introduced an all-flash converged infrastructure to the market in order to give partners and customers choice, and because we believe in an all-flash future.”

FlashStack CI, built with combined technology from Pure Storage, VMware and Cisco, is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution that combines the latest in compute, network, storage hardware and virtualization software, into a single, integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers overall IT costs and reduces deployment risk. FlashStack CI solutions are delivered and supported exclusively by Pure Storage FlashStack Authorized Support Partners (ASP).

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

About Pure Storage

Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent solid-state array vendor, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. The company’s all-flash enterprise arrays offer significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk, at a lower price point per gigabyte stored. Pure Storage FlashArrays are ideal for performance-intensive applications, including server virtualization and consolidation, VDI, OLTP database, real-time analytics and cloud computing. To learn more, visit:

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Jill Schmidt|PR for Datalink
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