Datalink Certified with Master Designation to Provide Cisco Powered Cloud and Managed Services


Datalink within Top Percentage of Cisco Partners with Master Designation to Sell and Deliver IaaS and DRaaS for Private Clouds
Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK) announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Master Service Provider designation with the introduction of its Cisco Powered™ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings. This certification by Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP) recognizes Datalink as having achieved an elite level of expertise to sell and deliver cloud and/or managed services. To be able to offer these services as Cisco Powered Services, Datalink needed to complete a rigorous third-party audit of its services. This audit verifies that services are delivered with enterprise-class reliability, security and support.

The Master Service Provider designation also recognizes Datalink’s investment and commitment to providing cloud and managed services at Cisco’s highest standards. The shared goal is to help businesses and organizations realize faster time to value.

“Relatively few IT service providers are equipped to provide managed services for private clouds, despite the rapid increase in private cloud deployments. Datalink offers private cloud and disaster recovery service operational models that provide organizations with fully managed and cost effective solutions for achieving services level agreements and the ability to quickly scale,” said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky. “This Master Service Provider designation from the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, combined with the Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization and recently attained Master Security certification, demonstrate the depth and breadth of our private cloud capabilities and gives organizations confidence in our ability to support their private cloud needs.”

The partnership between Datalink and Cisco extends into the marketplace as well. Cisco will provide numerous financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence. Cisco will also actively sell Datalink’s cloud services that are Cisco Powered through its own sales channels. In addition, Datalink and Cisco will continue to work together to provide ongoing innovation through these services.

Datalink’s managed cloud capabilities include Private Cloud IaaS, which offers 24x7 monitoring and incident management as well as system administration, patch management and capacity/performance management of clients’ private clouds; and Private Cloud DRaaS, a Datalink-hosted cloud disaster recovery service that protects critical enterprise data without an upfront capital investment. These services complement Datalink’s comprehensive cloud consulting, design, deployment and support capabilities including Datalink Cloud Complete, a package bundling converged infrastructure, service automation and orchestration, a services catalog and multiple support services to accelerate the rollout of self-service IT.

About Datalink
Datalink is a complete IT services provider that helps companies transform their technology, operations, and service delivery to meet business challenges. Combining extensive experience, a full lifecycle of services and a comprehensive approach to producing IT innovations that empower positive business outcomes, Datalink delivers success across cloud IT transformation, next generation technology, and security. For more information, call 800.448.6314 or visit

About the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP)
CMSP helps Cisco partners to envision, build, market, and sell their cloud and managed services. The program offers partners access to an elite level of expertise, business acceleration tools and services, sales training, and presence in the Cisco Cloud Marketplace. Financial benefits include global discounts and incentives to help maximize profitability, build customer loyalty, and differentiate a partner’s cloud and managed services offerings. Three program levels give partners a flexible framework for business growth and the acquisition of new revenue streams.

About Cisco Powered
Cisco Powered is the industry standard for cloud and managed services. Based on validated architectures and end-to-end security, Cisco Powered services minimize technology lifecycle complexity to reduce cost and risk. To ensure enterprise-class service, security, and 24/7 support, Cisco partners offering Cisco Powered services must undergo a rigorous certification and third-party audit of their solutions. As the power behind the cloud, Cisco Powered services enable organizations to connect with confidence while achieving faster time-to-value, experiencing assured performance, and leveraging ongoing innovation built on open standards.

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