|By Business Wire
|July 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT
(NASDAQ: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and
services, has been ranked top-performing partner in the Americas for FlexPod
Data ONTAP based on revenues during NetApp’s 2014 fiscal
year. Cisco and NetApp’s FlexPod solution is a key enabler of Datalink
services that assist customers in IT modernization, private/hybrid
cloud, and IT-as-a-Service initiatives ranging from cloud enablement to
creation of self-service portals enabling business users with no IT
knowledge to request IT services. Clustered Data ONTAP® is
NetApp’s new storage operating system, used in both FlexPod deployments
and standalone NetApp filers.
Datalink has designed and deployed more than 200 infrastructures built
around FlexPod, a pretested and validated data center architecture that
combines networking, computing and storage in a shared infrastructure
combining Cisco® Unified Computing System servers, Cisco
network switches and NetApp unified storage systems. Those installations
as well as the sale of new and upgraded NetApp storage systems have led
to Datalink’s strong performance with clustered Data ONTAP®,
which provides the ability to scale and operate efficiently across the
unified environment by enabling storage resources to be virtualized and
managed as a single local pool.
“Datalink recognized the value of our integrated infrastructure early
on, and developed the expertise and services to support it at all stages
of the IT lifecycle,” said Regina Kunkle, vice president, America’s
Channel at NetApp. “Their top-ranking FlexPod and clustered Data ONTAP
sales this year demonstrate strong market traction for these solutions
as well as their work in driving and supporting customer adoption.”
Datalink has been recommending and deploying FlexPod-based data center
infrastructures since the converged architecture was introduced four
years ago as a means of streamlining IT management and improving
business agility. Because of that early start as well as a commitment to
helping customers upgrade to a unified environment, the company was the
first NetApp channel partner in the U.S. to earn FlexPod Premium Partner
status demonstrating its advanced competencies with the converged stack.
Today, in addition to core FlexPod-related design and implementation
services, Datalink offers managed services and OneCall unified support
for FlexPod and other unified infrastructures as well as an array of
advanced services to support evolving data center needs. Those advanced
services span data center relocation, migration services, business
continuity/disaster recovery, and cloud service management such as
service catalog development, cloud readiness assessment and overall
cloud strategy. The company’s dedicated in-house consulting team works
closely with the company’s infrastructure and deployment specialists to
ensure that recommendations match technology capabilities, best
practices and the customer’s specific business environment.
“Datalink immediately saw converged infrastructure as not only an
optimized way to architect a data center, but also as a gateway to
private and hybrid cloud solutions. Consequently, we made early
investments in intellectual capital to allow us to deploy, support and
manage these solutions for our customers,” said Shawn O’Grady, Chief
Operating Officer at Datalink. “FlexPod is a cornerstone of our data
center transformation offerings and an important driver of our growth.”
More information about Datalink’s solutions and services for converged
data center infrastructure is available at www.datalink.com/flexpod
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 www.datalink.com.
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FlexPod is a portfolio of prevalidated,
integrated infrastructure solutions that combine the Cisco Unified
Computing System™, Cisco Nexus data center switches, and NetApp storage
components, managed by Cisco UCS Director with a single console for
bare-metal and virtualized workloads. Cisco and NetApp developed FlexPod
to meet the demands of business leaders who need to consolidate IT
infrastructure, save energy costs, host more applications, and share
resources across different departments. The FlexPod portfolio includes
FlexPod Datacenter for core enterprise data centers and service
providers, FlexPod Express for medium-sized businesses and branch
offices, and FlexPod Select for data-intensive workloads. The portfolio
is validated with leading hypervisors, operating systems, systems
management tools, and cloud management platforms. All FlexPod components
are orderable from their respective manufacturers’ distribution or
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