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Datalink Named to CRN's 2014 List of Tech Elite 250

Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center services and solutions, announced today that it has been named to CRN’s annual list of the Tech Elite 250. The list represents an elite group of IT solution providers that have invested in the training and education to earn the most advanced technical certifications in the IT channel.

Datalink’s appearance on the list reflects its ongoing commitment to offering expertise in consulting, deploying and supporting technologies such as cloud computing and converged infrastructures to help customers reduce IT costs, downtime and time to market. The company has achieved and maintained 1,000+ advanced certifications to support these efforts by leveraging the training programs of partners including NetApp, Cisco, VMware, EMC, Symantec, Hitachi Data Systems and others.

These certifications also enable Datalink to earn special designations, such as Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Premium Partner, Cisco Cloud Infrastructure, Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System Authorized Technology Provider, EMC Signature Partner, and others.

“IT environments are undergoing a sea change with the emergence of cloud technologies, infrastructures that unify servers, storage, networks and virtualization, and flash storage to better serve business needs. Datalink’s continuous investments in training and hands-on labs are essential to staying abreast of these changes,” said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky. “This recognition stems directly from our efforts to develop the expertise we need to help our clients utilize these technologies to their greatest advantage.”

“The solution providers highlighted on our annual Tech Elite 250 have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and gained industry credibility by investing in the IT certifications necessary to stay competitive and deliver the highest level of service to their customers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “These featured solution providers have enhanced and strengthened their partnerships by earning some of the most difficult certifications from some of the biggest names in IT. We congratulate these organizations and look forward to their continued success.”

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 www.datalink.com

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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