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Datalink Launches Virtualization Infrastructure Services

Services Help Customers Optimize Their Virtualized IT Environments

CHANHASSEN, Minn., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), an independent information storage architect, today announced two new services to help companies more effectively design IT infrastructures for virtual environments. The services provide an end-to-end view of existing servers, applications, and storage devices. Cross domain visibility and related analytics help customers identify current and potential performance issues, as well as make informed design choices based on Datalink recommendations.

While virtualization technologies have grown to become an essential component for driving efficiency in the IT operation, they often introduce the need for architectural modifications. Datalink services enable organizations to optimize the performance of their virtualization technology investments and drive better systems availability, recoverability, performance, and scalability.

"Ultimately, our new services enable companies to achieve the full benefits of the virtualization solutions that they have in place, "said Kent Christensen, virtualization practice manager. "The end result is maximized IT infrastructure efficiencies and increased business value to the organization."

Depending on the scope of business and IT requirements, Datalink will recommend either an audit or assessment. Both of these technology-assisted services are driven by Akorri BalancePoint(TM), an agentless and advanced analytics software application, and part of Datalink's suite of StorageScape tools.

Virtual Infrastructure Audit

With Datalink virtual infrastructure audit services, data is collected through an automated and agentless tool. During a pre-engagement call, Datalink reviews the client's current environment and defines the scope of the analysis. Next, Datalink installs and configures the automated tool and conducts on-site interviews with key IT owners to discuss business metrics and requirements. Datalink then analyzes the data and presents a virtualization audit report and detailed cross-domain analytics to the client.

Virtual Infrastructure Assessment

The virtual infrastructure assessment includes all the elements of the audit but takes the process a step further. Datalink professional services teams perform more extensive on-site data collection, provide additional detailed qualitative analysis, and present a roadmap for the future. The roadmap includes strategic guidance focused on improving the virtual infrastructure. Additionally, the assessment offers tactical recommendations spanning proposed design solutions and applicable technologies, process enhancements, and implications to existing resources.

"Virtualization is essential to helping companies more efficiently operate their IT infrastructure," said Christensen. "Our services allow companies to design an environment that provides maximum efficiency and performance while also taking future needs into consideration."

About Datalink

An information storage architect since 1987, Datalink helps organizations store, manage, and protect one of their most critical assets--information. The company's solutions and services span four practices: backup and recovery; consolidation and virtualization; archive and compliance; and business applications. From analysis and design to implementation, management, and support, Datalink is focused on maximizing the business value of IT. For more information about Datalink services, contact Datalink at (800) 448-6314, or visit Datalink online at www.datalink.com.

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