Making IT Experts

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Friday, November 09, 2012

A few years ago, Malcom Gladwell wrote Outliers. One of the major premises of this book is that to become an expert at any field requires 10,000 hours of practice. He based that number on research that established most experts in any field only achieved greatness after spending at least that amount of time honing their crafts [...]

Your disaster recovery wake-up call

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is the latest reminder of the power of nature and the fragility of our infrastructure. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a natural disaster like a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado to remind us about organizational business continuity management (BCM) capabilities and the importance of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

And so it begins…

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Monday, August 27, 2012

Flying into San Francisco for the start of VMworld, I came across a quote from Lord of the Rings. It’s the scene right before the epic battle for Middle Earth when the armies are converging, the rain starts pouring down, and Theoden looks into the distant and says “so it begins.”

Cherry picking

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

You might recall that we’ve been hard at work on a managed backup service for our customers. To build that service, we took some hard-earned lessons (I call them scar tissue) and distilled them down to repeatable solutions.

Our advanced competencies in FlexPod earn honors

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Monday, June 11, 2012

Datalink is thrilled to announce we’ve become the first North American channel partner to earn the FlexPod Premium Partner designation from Cisco and NetApp. As one of the few partners that offers consulting, analysis, design, deployment, support, and management of virtual data center solutions, we are [...]

Why so quiet?

Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect on Tuesday, June 05, 2012

You might have noticed that things have been somewhat quiet around here. I certainly haven't posted for some time. We’ve been quietly working on something really great, and we needed to focus on that. It’s now time for us to publicly announce what we've been up to.

What is slow?

Phil O'Konski, Practice Director of Managed Services on Monday, June 04, 2012

Last week, I was visiting with a customer, and they were sharing a common problem. An end user calls and says, "our application is slow." Their challenge is familiar to many customers I've met.

The buzz surrounding VSPEX and Datalink

Kent Christensen, Practice Director on Thursday, May 24, 2012

There's a tremendous amount of activity at EMC World, and one area to highlight is VSPEX. On April 12, EMC announced VSPEX, a reference architecture integrating strategic partners such as VMware, Microsoft, Cisco, Brocade, Intel, and others. They provided 14 pre-validated solutions that are server-agnostic, and [...]

An update from EMC World

Datalink on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This week, our team is meeting with customers and soaking up the latest details on EMC at EMC World 2012 in Las Vegas.

Introducing the new managed monitoring service

Phil O'Konski, Practice Director of Managed Services on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hi, I’m Phil O’Konski. I’m the director of managed services integration at Datalink. I’ll be joining my counterparts in this blog space and will be offering data center monitoring insights from time to time. Most often, my posts will reflect key considerations and best practices, as well as related conversations with IT organizations about data center monitoring.

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