|By Business Wire||
|July 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT||
Datalink (NASDAQ: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, has been ranked top-performing partner in the Americas for FlexPod and clustered 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. Follow Datalink on Twitter, Blog, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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 resale channel.
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