Services Help IT Teams Begin Cloud & ITaaS Journeys with Short
Engagements & Defined Deliverables
A qualitative analysis of current readiness and capabilities for
moving into a cloud delivery model focusing on the organization’s
resource pooling, broad network access, rapid elasticity, measured
service, on-demand service, and application and workload hosting
A report on strengths, weaknesses and prioritized recommendations for
improvement in each area of focus, including actionable
recommendations to lay the groundwork for cloud implementations.
(Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center services and
solutions, today announced two new “quick start” services designed to
simplify planning and initiation of cloud delivery and self-service user
portal automation projects. The company’s new Cloud Readiness Assessment
Workshop and Service Automation Jump Start programs enable IT teams to
launch initiatives in both areas with short engagements and small
investments, removing time, cost and complexity barriers that discourage
many organizations from embarking on these critical activities.
The two-day Cloud Readiness Assessment Workshopoffers:
The Service Automation Jump Start program provides up to five
weeks of consulting that covers:
Identification and prioritization of the customer’s service automation
needs, based on both IT and business unit input, to help pave the way
for building IT self-service portals.
Automation of three workflows for selected functions such as virtual
desktop, server or database provisioning, enabling immediate use of
initial services without a lengthy rollout cycle.
Knowledge transfer for completing the remaining workflow automation
projects, including a roadmap, documentation of finished work, and
demonstration of the use of automation tools.
Both services are extensions of Datalink’s IT as a Service (ITaas) and
cloud service management portfolio, which also offers full-service cloud
readiness assessment, cloud strategy and workload alignment, service
automation and orchestration planning, and process design and deployment
in support of an organization’s entire cloud initiative. Organizations
have the option to engage the company for additional consulting services
as well as technology sourcing, deployment and support.
“Every organization today understands the importance of migrating to the
cloud and transitioning from a technology provider to a service broker
role, but day-to-day operational responsibilities and challenges make it
difficult to set aside time to do so. In addition, they may not have the
full range of skill sets in-house and are stymied by the size of these
projects,” said Steve Zipperman, Datalink Vice President of Advanced
Services. “We introduced these two quick start services to help break
the logjam and get our customers on a path to pursue their cloud and
ITaaS journeys without a major investment or a multi-quarter deployment
Datalink’s cloud service management practice is part of its Advanced
Services portfolio, which also includes a rich suite of data center
transformation and IT resiliency offerings. The company’s dedicated
in-house Advanced Services 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.
For more information on Datalink’s cloud service management practice,
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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