Datalink announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Master Cloud Builder Specialization. This specialization recognizes Datalink as having the capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and technology ecosystem partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management and virtual desktop.
“Attaining the Cisco Master Cloud Specialization is both an honor and a testament to Datalink’s expertise in complex, unified data centers and private and hybrid cloud environments,” said Datalink President & CEO Paul Lidsky. “Transforming to a cloud-based, IT as a Service (ITaaS) model is no small feat. Datalink helps organizations define cloud transformation strategies, as well as evolve mindsets, technologies, and processes to streamline the journey to a private or hybrid cloud and maximize the business value derived from IT.”
Datalink’s capabilities span consulting and design to deployment, management, and support of private and hybrid clouds. Datalink Cloud Complete is 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 an ITaaS organization. Datalink Cloud Complete solutions shrink the ramp-up timeframe by bundling converged infrastructure, service automation and orchestration, a services catalog and multiple support services into a single package culminating in the rollout of self-service IT.
“This specialization brings together data center infrastructure, cloud management, eco-partner relationships and cross-vendor solution capabilities like VCE Vblock, NetApp Flexpod and Cisco VXI,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president for worldwide channels at Cisco. “It’s the customer’s ‘one-stop shop’ for the highest level of competencies for data center and cloud. Datalink’s Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is an outstanding achievement.”
The Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is granted to a specific group of partners that possess in-depth technology and architecture skills. These partners also have demonstrated customer success in providing sophisticated, value-addedCisco Data Center and Cloud solutions including sales, deployment and services for Cisco data center and cloud solutions. Partners with a qualified data center and cloud practice can achieve a Master Cloud Builder Specialization regardless of certification level.
The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build and showcase the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to successfully deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program’s specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner’s expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates a partner’s technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.