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Datalink Earns 5th CRN Recognition in 9 Months, Including Triple Crown Honors

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Datalink (NASDAQ:DTLK) , a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced its inclusion on the 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Elite 150, a designation reserved for large data center-focused solution providers that participate in the managed services space. It was the fifth time in nine months that Datalink’s performance in the channel has been recognized by CRN, following placements on the publication’s 2014 Solution Provider 500, Fast Growth 150 and Tech Elite 250 lists that culminated in the distinction of being one of only 26 companies to earn the new CRN Triple Crown Award.

“The key to our performance in these CRN rankings is the ongoing diversification of our portfolio to address changes in the IT landscape and help customers utilize data center technologies to meet their business objectives. That includes assisting IT teams in projects such as cloud enablement, data center relocation, system and application migration, disaster recovery planning, and the critical transition to IT-as-a-Service,” said Datalink CEO Paul Lidsky. “Our ability to provide support in all of these areas continues to fuel our growth and raise our profile in the channel.”

On the managed services side, Datalink’s 2015 MSP Elite 150 ranking stems from a broad offering that enables organizations to increase IT productivity by outsourcing management of every aspect of the data center stack, from monitoring applications, cloud services and networks to managing the entire data center infrastructure. These services have become increasingly important with the emergence of new technologies, the inability of many in-house IT organizations to employ specialists in each area, and the need for IT staff to free themselves of day-to-day IT oversight in order to focus on strategic business projects.

The 2015 MSP Elite 150 ranking was preceded by four accolades in 2014, including:

  • A #47 slot on CRN’s 2014 Solution Provider 500 list of the top technology integrators in North America by revenue. The company debuted on the list five years ago at #195 and has climbed to higher levels every year since.
  • Recognition in CRN’s 2014 Fast Growth 150, a list of the fastest-growing solution providers based on gross revenue from 2011 to 2013. Datalink has appeared on this list every year since 2011.
  • A fourth consecutive placement on CRN’s Tech Elite 250, recognizing solution providers with the highest level of certifications from major vendors. Datalink has earned and maintained 1,000+ of these certifications, plus special designations in cloud and converged infrastructures such as Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Premium Partner, Cisco Cloud Infrastructure, Cisco Data Center Unified Computing System Authorized Technology Provider and EMC Signature Partner.
  • A slot on CRN’s inaugural Triple Crown Award roster, reserved for the 26 companies that had sufficient revenue, growth and certifications to place on the previous three lists.

A sample listing of the 2015 MSP 500 list was published in the February print issue of CRN magazine.

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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