Kent Christensen, practice manager at Datalink (, says:

We at Datalink have recently announced that we’re the first NetApp partner to achieve Data Center – FlexPod Specialization, further cementing our expertise in migrating customers to unified, virtual data center architectures and private cloud environments.

This specialization recognizes that we’ve fulfilled one of NetApp’s most rigorous levels of competency they set for partners. Prerequisites and specializations span a number of fronts, including: Cisco Unified Computing Technology, Cisco Data Center Architecture and NetApp Professional Services Certifications in Storage Infrastructure, Server Virtualization (VMware) and Backup and Recovery.

The Data Center – FlexPod Specialization qualifies us as an expert resource to assist customers in the analysis, design, and implementation and support of next-generation data centers and virtual hosted desktops built on the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod design architecture. At Datalink, we’ve committed significant resources to developing expertise in these areas so that we can help large and mid-size organizations transform their IT infrastructure for peak efficiency, as well as cost benefits.

FlexPod is a pre-tested, optimized and pre-validated data center solution combining 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 designed, deployed, and supported by Datalink as part of our multi-phase migration strategy for large and mid-size enterprise customers.