This past Friday afternoon (April 27), Cisco and GDT hosted a premiere showing of Avengers: Infinity War at Cinemark Webb Chapel. The packed house, comprised of dozens of Cisco and GDT customers and prospects, also heard a quick presentation on Cisco’s HyperFlex multicloud platform, which delivers a simplified solution with industry-leading performance, independent scaling, support for multiple hypervisors, and flexible cluster scaling with availability zones. Also, PrimeLending’s Alfredo Granados won Thor’s hammer in the raffle! Another great GDT event!
On April 19th, GDT and HPE hosted a Dine & Dash at Mexican Sugar, an award-winning Cocina and Cantina at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. Attendees watched an HPE presentation on the SimpliVity 380, the IT industry’s most robust hyperconverged platform. All in attendance received a $50 VISA gift card, and Ken Munson, CitiBank’s Information Security Officer, won the raffle–a weekend stay at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. Here’s the really cool part–each of those in attendance were sent home a hero with a gourmet Mexican food dinner for 4. Great event, and well attended with over 30 guests!
On Wednesday afternoon of April 11th, GDT hosted sales “speed dating” with sales professionals from GDT and Cisco. It gave all a chance to get to know each other, share sales best practices, and compare notes and information on accounts while mapping out strategies for working together to drive revenue for both companies. According to one GDT account executive, “I was really excited to see how many Cisco sales reps showed up and really embraced the event and GDT’s goals. They were eager to work together to fill sales funnels.” Another mentioned that he got several hot leads from the event–enough said.
GDT hosted another one of its preeminent home opener tailgate parties on April 2nd. But for the first time, it was at the home opener of a World Series Champion. Dozens of GDT customers (most of whom were Astros fans) came to enjoy excellent food, great beverages and fan camaraderie that Houston waited 52 years to celebrate.
GDT once again hosted its epic Tailgate Party at the Texas Rangers home opener on Thursday, March 29th. While the hometown Rangers lost to the World Series Champion Houston Astros, it didn’t seem to matter much to the dozens of customers who came to the party–several from out of state–which featured great food, cold beverages, and the raffling off of memorabilia, such as signed pics and balls from Rangers greats and current Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Pudge Rodriguez (the greatest catcher in Major League history).
On March 28th, GDT hosted a day-long presentation from the Dell EMC team. The executive briefing was strictly for Dallas-based GDT account executives, and focused on, among other things, Dell EMC’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI). The event was a tremendous success, with over 30 participants.
On Wednesday, March 28th, GDT hosted another Cisco Cyber Threat Response Clinic. Attendees–yes, it was a full house–enjoyed exclusive training on how networks get compromised, how breaches are discovered, and how to respond to them with Cisco security products and solutions. Here’s the really cool part–they got to experience cyber attack situations in a virtual lab environment, and play both attacker and defender! They learned how to think like an attacker, so they can beat them at their own game and keep their network safe and secure.
On March 9th, GDT partner Turbonomic presented information on how they automate workloads for Hybrid Cloud environments. Their platform simultaneously optimizes performance, cost, and compliance in real-time. Great company, great platform, great meeting!
Attendees at GDT’s Innovation Campus enjoyed Part 2 of Cisco security product training in a lab environment. They learned, among other things, how environments get compromised, including how to utilize Cisco products and solutions to uncover breaches and respond to them effectively. They experienced cyber attack situations in a virtual lab environment, and were able to play both attacker and defender! They received Core certification, as well.