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Datalink’s New ‘Cloud Complete’ Shortens Path to ITaaS to Weeks

August 12, 2014

Eliminates Months of Delays in ITaaS Initiatives by Bundling Infrastructure & Services in a Single Package

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center services and solutions, today announced an innovative package of cloud technologies and services that dramatically reduces the time required for IT teams to offer brokered services central to their new role as IT-as-a-Service organizations. The new Datalink Cloud Complete solution shrinks the ramp-up timeframe from months to weeks by bundling converged infrastructure, service automation and orchestration, a services catalog and multiple support services into a single package culminating in the rollout of a self-service IT portal enabling business users with no IT knowledge to request IT services.

This one-stop approach eliminates lengthy planning processes, a la carte purchases and associated delays that cause difficulty for IT teams under pressure to meet business units’ demand for cloud services. The resulting ITaaS delivery capabilities provide immediate value, demonstrate IT’s ability to provide brokered services, and act as a cornerstone on which to build additional services to meet ITaaS needs.

A Cloud Complete engagement also sets the stage for valuable add-on services including virtual desktop deployment, hybrid cloud setup, and integration of the new services catalog with commercial service portals already deployed by companies to handle other IT service functions such as asset and incident management.

“Most IT teams take a piecemeal approach to transitioning to an ITaaS model because they are so busy handling day-to-day issues. They make one technology decision, go through an implementation phase, and then start over with the next step. Meanwhile, business units are outsourcing departmental and line-of-business functions to public cloud providers because their own IT teams can’t deliver what they need, and IT departments are continuing to lose control over enterprise resources,” said Shawn O’Grady, Datalink Chief Operating Officer. “Cloud Complete cuts months out of the initial transition process by aggregating every building block required to create a cloud delivery system and rolling it out in one fast-tracked project.”

The consolidated offering has been assembled from Datalink’s broad portfolio of individual data center solutions and services, leveraging the company’s expertise in all the technologies and services involved and eliminating the need for organizations to source cloud technologies and services from different providers. The Cloud Complete offering includes:

  • Converged infrastructure with a choice of platforms based on the customer’s IT environment.
  • Service automation and orchestration enabling automated provisioning of compute, storage, network and operating system requests submitted through the self-service portal.
  • A starter cloud services catalog pre-populated with core operating systems, databases and applications.
  • Support services, including Datalink OneCall support for all vendors’ products in the selected converged infrastructure.
  • Technical services, including design and installation of both the converged infrastructure and the services catalog.
  • Advanced services, includingconfiguration of the services catalog to meet the customer’s specific needs.

    Datalink can also provide additional services such as monitoring, management and scheduled maintenance of the Cloud Complete infrastructure.

    For more information on Datalink’s Cloud Complete offering, visit http://www.datalink.com/cloudcomplete

    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

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    Press Contactfor Datalink

    S&S Public Relations, Inc.

    Mallory Snitker, 847-415-9300

    msnitker@sspr.com

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