Datalink to Present at Data Center World Tuesday, April 30

Datalink on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Next week is Data Center World where over 1,000 data center and facilities management professionals from around the globe will get together in one place -- Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with peers as this will be the third consecutive year I'll be presenting. This year's [...]

Customer Driven BC/DR - Changing the Rules of the Game

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It used to be the only companies that needed real Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) programs were those that were regulated or heavily IT-dependent. If you weren't in that group, you could bet against a disaster occurring and get away with not having tested or updated your plan, and in most cases there wouldn't be consequences.

DOD Labs, IT solutions for healthcare, and more at Symantec Vision 2013

Datalink on Monday, April 22, 2013

Symantec Vision affords Datalink invaluable time with Symantec customer-facing teams, sales and product leadership to get clarity on future solution roadmaps, strengthen our technical training and better equip our field organization to help our customers maximize the value of their current & future investment in Symantec products.

Can you handle the truth?

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Thursday, April 11, 2013

A mentor of mine in the consulting business once told me that consultants have a “Golden Searchlight,” which could be shined on issues that had been either inadvertently overlooked or carefully hidden. But, once the Searchlight revealed an issue, it had to be dealt with, no matter how painful or embarrassing, so the advice was to be careful where you shine it.

For Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, know what you don’t know.

Alberto Jimenez, CBCP, PMP on Monday, April 08, 2013

You can't say you have business continuity or IT disaster recovery capabilities unless you know they work. And the only way to guarantee your capabilities are real is to test them. Many organizations avoid “testing” because of the “pass or fail” implications, and choose to use terms like “exercise” to [...]

The Biggest Amazon S3 Security Risk: Your Company’s Employees?

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last week, security firm Rapid7 released the results of a scan they did of Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), and the results have caused shockwaves around the Cloudsphere.

Why do so many monitoring deployments fail?

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Monday, March 25, 2013

Monitoring is more important than ever in this era of virtualization and cloud. Good performance data is critical to getting the most leverage from your servers while maintaining stability, and it’s getting harder than ever to work without performance data. As you build out your private cloud, you’ll find [...]

Who holds the bag in the rogue cloud?

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Friday, March 22, 2013

A recent Symantec survey indicates that 83% of 3000 IT managers in 29 countries admit that their users are using “rogue” clouds. Of that same group, 40% said that confidential data had been exposed by the unsanctioned activity.

Why is your private cloud initiative stalled?

John Richardson, Senior Manager on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Private cloud initiatives are moving up the CIO’s priority list, but very few seem to get to production in a timely manner. Here is a list of some of the headwinds these projects encounter...

Healthcare Case Study: Improving the Patient Experience Through IT

Datalink on Friday, March 08, 2013

Recently, Datalink attended the HIMSS 2013 annual conference and exhibition where the focus of this year's event was on the convergence of three key elements: technology, health IT reform, and delivery of care. As an exhibitor and participant, we had a chance to interact with some of the largest [...]

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