Datalink Climbs to #52 on CRN's List of Top 500 Technology Integrators

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Datalink Climbs to #52 on CRN's List of Top 500 Technology Integrators

Steady Rise Fueled by Expanding Services Portfolio for Unified Data Centers

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Datalink (NAS: DTLK) , a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, announced today that it placed #52 on CRN's just-released 2013 Solution Provider 500 list of the top technology integrators in North America. The company's ranking on the list, formerly known as the VAR 500, has surged in the last four years from #195 to #72, #59 and now #52 based on annual revenues. The rise has been fueled by Datalink's expanding portfolio of next-generation data center solutions and data center optimization services, which include cloud enablement, migration, as well as management, monitoring, and unified support.


The company's focus on helping enterprises evolve to more agile data center infrastructures led CRN Magazine to label Datalink a "titan of transformation" in the 2011 VAR 500 list, stating that the company has become "a services superstar" offering "a triple threat of professional services, customer support and managed services."

Since then, Datalink has significantly strengthened its offerings to assist enterprises take advantage of transformational technologies and optimize their operations to drive greater business value. In the last 12 months alone, the company has expanded its managed services portfolio with the addition of both managed backup and unified monitoring and managed infrastructure services for virtual data centers; introduced a suite of cloud enablement services enabling organizations to validate how cloud-based infrastructures will impact their businesses prior to investing in full-scale deployments; expanded its suite of application, data, and infrastructure migration services; and added data center transformation strategy services to its advisory catalog.

Most recently, Datalink also added OneCall Support Services for Cisco to its support services portfolio. This service combines technical support with ongoing network monitoring and proactive maintenance to deliver a comprehensive approach for day-to-day care and continuous improvement of Cisco-based network and compute environments. Datalink's OneCall service will expedite problem resolution by enabling customers to call one converged infrastructure services provider with expertise across storage, servers, and networking.

"Our steady climb in CRN's rankings of top technology integrators stems not only from our strategic focus on today's transformative data center technologies and services but also from the market's increasing recognition of the value of moving to converged and cloud architectures," said Datalink President and CEO Paul Lidsky. "We are continuing to build expertise in this space and deliver services that can assist customers in optimizing the investment and flexibility of their data centers, running them efficiently, and freeing their IT teams to focus on projects that will advance their core business."

"We aim to highlight the 'best of the best' among the channel community, and the Solution Provider 500 is no exception. Now in its 18th year, this prestigious list serves as a valuable industry resource to help end users quickly identify top performers and make the most well-informed choices for their business," said Robert Faletra, CEO, UBM Tech Channel, which publishes CRN and sponsors a wide array of channel-focused activities. "The companies listed have a forward-thinking approach to solutions sales. They are also highly dedicated to putting their customers' needs first to accelerate the adoption of innovative technology and drive immediate results. We congratulate Datalink for making this year's list and look forward to covering their continued success."

A sample of the SP500 list is available in this month's CRN print edition and online at CRN.com. The complete list will be available in the CRN Tech News app, available for iPad and Windows 8.

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 networks, and business continuity. 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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