Specialization Further Cements Datalink Expertise in Migrating Customers to Unified, Virtual Data Center Architectures and Private Cloud Environments

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Feb. 13, 2012 –/– Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, announced that it is the first partner to achieve the Data Center – FlexPod™ Specialization from NetApp. The new specialization recognizes Datalink as having fulfilled one of the most rigorous levels of company competency recognized by NetApp for its partners.

In achieving the Data Center – FlexPod Specialization, Datalink is acknowledged as having fulfilled stringent NetApp and Cisco competency requirements that include key prerequisites and specializations in areas such as Cisco Unified Computing Technology, Cisco Data Center Architecture and NetApp Professional Services Certifications in Storage Infrastructure, Server Virtualization (VMware) and Backup and Recovery. Datalink is also recognized for having developed demo facilities, completing hands-on demos, and passing key best practices training associated with the architecture, design and implementation of FlexPod environments.

The Data Center – FlexPod Specialization qualifies Datalink as an expert resource to assist customers in the analysis, design, implementation and support of next-generation data centers and virtual hosted desktops built on the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod design architecture.

“Unified architectures like FlexPod are playing a key role in delivering next-generation data centers and private cloud environments. Datalink has committed significant resources to developing expertise in these areas in order to help large and mid-size organizations modernize their IT infrastructure for peak efficiency and cost benefits,” said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky. “The fact that we are the first NetApp channel partner to achieve the Data Center – FlexPod Specialization demonstrates the depth of that commitment and our dedication to assisting our customers in deploying new data center technologies that will help optimize their operations.”

“We are pleased to recognize Datalink as the first NetApp channel partner to complete our specialization in Data Center – FlexPod environments,” commented Todd Palmer, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, NetApp. “Designed for our top partners, this designation will continue to reinforce Datalink’s track record as a holistic advisor to organizations wanting to obtain fast ROI and success when deploying unified server, storage, and networking architectures.”

FlexPod is a pre-tested, optimized and pre-validated data center solution that combines networking, compute and storage resources in a shared or “unified” infrastructure in order to better support multiple application workloads. The FlexPod infrastructure represents one of the unified architecture platforms supported by Datalink as part of the company’s multi-phase migration strategy for large and mid-size enterprise customers involved with Datalink’s virtual data center practice. The full slate of Datalink virtual data center practice services available includes analysis, design, implementation and OneCallSM Unified Support for virtual data center environments.

In 2011, Datalink’s virtual data center practice was responsible for designing, deploying, and supporting 14 complete FlexPod solutions and for guiding 89 companies through initial-phase migrations to virtual data center architectures. Many of this latter group are now also on their own aggressive migration path to a FlexPod architecture and an ultimate private cloud environment.

Rich Pacella, president, Velocitor Solutions, chose Datalink to help him design and deploy FlexPod in his virtual data center environment. Pacella noted, “Having a state-of-the-art data center that’s up 24×7 is central to my business. Our FlexPod deployment was an essential part to getting us there. We were happy to partner with Datalink in this migration effort and appreciated Datalink’s expertise and holistic data center focus and full lifecycle of services available, including its OneCall Unified Support Services. By going with Datalink and a FlexPod architecture, we knew we were using two proven entities. That gave us the confidence to move forward.”

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 networks, and business continuity. Each delivers measurable performance gains and maximizes the business value of IT. For more information, call 800.448.6314 or visit

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