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TMCNet:  Datalink Expands Support Services Portfolio to Include VCE's Vblock Systems

[January 13, 2014]

Datalink Expands Support Services Portfolio to Include VCE's Vblock Systems

MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--

Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of data center services and solutions, today announced its selection as a VCE channel partner authorized to provide support services for Vblock Systems converged data center infrastructures. Vblock Systems seamlessly integrate best-in-class compute, network and storage technologies from Cisco, EMC (News - Alert) and VMware to help organizations eliminate costly IT silos, achieve both technical and business efficiencies, and pave the way for cloud deployments.

Datalink is now authorized to provide single-call support for the entire Vblock portfolio via its OneCallSM Support Services program. As a result, Datalink's Vblock customers can now call a single Datalink support number to isolate and address the root cause of trouble incidents. Datalink OneCall support engineers will assume ownership of each reported incident, conduct initial triages, resolve problems, and shepherd all incidents that must be escalated to VCE or component vendors until a resolution is reached.

With the addition of Vblock first-call support, Datalink becomes the first provider to handle problem resolution as well as design, implementation and integration for every leading converged data center infrastructure. That distinction reflects Datalink's involvement in the unified data center movement since it began four years ago. The company has orchestrated a wide range of converged infrastructure deployments, received multiple awards for service quality from vendors such as EMC and Cisco (News - Alert), and has more than 50 OneCall support engineers with expertise in unified architectures as well as all individual technologies in the data center solution stack.

"This marks another important expansion of our Datalink OneCall services and again demonstrates the market demand for single-call support for today's unified data center architectures," said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky (News - Alert). "As organizations migrate t these multi-vendor infrastructures to achieve agility and competitive advantage, having a single point of contact for technical support is becoming critical to ensure rapid problem resolution. Businesses prefer to get that support from the same service provider that designed and deployed the technology, and that is fueling the growth of our OneCall service."

Datalink OneCall services are provided by support centers in Eden Prairie, MN, and Cary, NC, providing the redundancy needed to ensure real-time response to problem reports. The OneCall program is part of a comprehensive portfolio of Datalink services spanning strategic planning, architectural design, implementation, migration, management and support. Enterprises leverage these services to free up internal IT staff, simplify management, and enhance IT service delivery capabilities.

More information on Datalink's OneCall Support Services is available at www.datalink.com/onecall

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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