Category: Press Release

GDT and QTS Enter Into Cloud and Managed Services Partnership

Agreement represents continued successful execution on QTS’ strategic growth plan

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined and mega-scale data center solutions, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with GDT, an international provider of managed IT solutions, representing a key step in QTS’ strategic growth plan announced in February 2018. Under the agreement, QTS will transition certain cloud and managed services customer contracts and support to GDT. QTS expects to complete its transfer of approximately 200 specific customers to GDT by the end of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, GDT will expand its colocation presence within QTS facilities to support customers as they are migrated to GDT’s platform. As GDT is an existing QTS partner and CloudRamp customer, QTS will facilitate a seamless integration with GDT through its Service Delivery Platform (SDP), which will provide customers enhanced visibility and control of their IT environments. Upon transition of the customers, GDT will maintain the current service level and support pursuant to the terms of each individual customer contract.

“We are pleased to partner with GDT, a leading managed IT provider and current QTS CloudRamp customer, to extend our hybrid solution capabilities while maintaining the consistent world-class service and support our customers have come to expect,” said Chad Williams, Chairman and CEO – QTS.

“This agreement also represents the next step in our strategic plan to accelerate growth and profitability,” Mr. Williams continued. “Consistent with our goal of narrowing the scope of cloud and managed services that we directly deliver, this partnership improves our ability to continue to deliver a differentiated hybrid solution, while unlocking enhanced profitability and future growth opportunities for QTS. Through SDP, we can enable a broader set of services for our customers through partner platforms including public cloud providers, Nutanix for Private Cloud, Megaport and Packetfabric for universal software-defined connectivity, and now GDT for managed hosting and other IT solutions.”

As part of the agreement, GDT will pay QTS a recurring partner channel fee based on revenue that is transitioned, as well as future growth on those accounts. While the financial benefit to QTS during the year will be relatively modest as the accounts are transitioned, this partnership arrangement is expected to support future revenue growth and profitability, beginning in 2019 and beyond, without significant cost to QTS. QTS expects that, in transitioning customer contracts to GDT, the Company will be able to drive accelerated leasing performance and growth, improve predictability in its business and significantly enhance overall profitability.

“We are pleased to expand our partner ecosystem with QTS, one of the leading innovators in the data center space,” said GDT CEO, JW Roberts. “This new partnership will greatly enhance our customer-first focus and our ability to consistently deliver innovative solutions to the IT industry. We look forward to managing a smooth customer transition and delivering additional value.”

In connection with today’s announcement, QTS also announced that the Company will issue its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 before market open on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The Company will also conduct a conference call and webcast at 7:30 a.m. Central time / 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The dial-in number for the conference call is (877) 883-0383 (U.S.) or (412) 902-6506 (International). The participant entry number is 7555289# and callers are asked to dial in ten minutes prior to start time. A link to the live broadcast and the replay will be available on the Company’s website (www.qtsdatacenters.com) under the Investors tab.

About GDT 

Headquartered in Dallas, TX with approximately 700 employees, GDT is a global IT integrator and solutions provider approaching $1 Billion in annual revenue. GDT aligns itself with industry leaders, providing the design, build, delivery and management of IT solutions and services.

About QTS 

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

GDT launches GWEN to promote the advancement of women in IT

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology and systems integrator GDT announced the formation of GWEN, an organization designed to encourage and promote the personal transformation and advancement of women in Information Technology.

GWEN, which stands for GDT Women’s Empowerment Network, will work to promote equal opportunities for women and empower growth within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) community. GWEN was created with the following four (4) initiatives in mind: mentorship and professional development, networking, education and community outreach.

According to Meg Gordon, GDT’s Vice President of Services Operations, “By utilizing GDT’s established business principles, GWEN will increase the impact of women in all aspects of business and technology.  This initiative gives women the ability to collaborate with other highly skilled, seasoned women professionals through focused leadership, visibility and recognition, networking opportunities, and a means of delivering personal and professional development programs.”

According to report from The World Economic Forum, “In Information and Communication Technology, a sector which struggles with talent shortages, only 37% of companies regard enhancing women’s workforce participation as an opportunity for expanding the talent pool.” GWEN aims to increase that percentage.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and maintains high-level partner status with several of the world’s leading IT solutions and hardware providers, including HPE, Cisco and Dell EMC. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

Dallas Technology Integrator GDT Names Crystal Mullins Director―Global Operations and Strategic Planning

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology and systems integrator GDT today announced Crystal Mullins has been named Director―Global Operations and Strategic Planning, effective immediately. In her new role, Mullins will continue to focus on GDT’s expansion globally and drive key transformation initiatives across all organizations.

Mullins has been with GDT since 2013, originally working in the legal department, then being promoted to Managing Principal of Global Operations. In that role, she quickly established GDT’s presence in Brazil, and continued to expand GDT’s global footprint to include  product and services delivery across Europe and Asia. Mullins was responsible for increasing GDT’s global revenue by 1,000 percent, or tenfold, in just three (3) years.

According to GDT President Vinod Muthuswamy, “Crystal has worked to develop a Global Team comprised of both global sales support and international invoicing & accounting specialists. She has greatly expanded GDT’s product offerings across Latin America, EMEA and APAC and has also pioneered our global services offerings through development of strategic partnerships abroad.”

Mullins is an operations & administration professional with more than a decade of experience in business development, corporate governance and international compliance. She is an expert in building and developing delivery platforms that provide the creativity and flexibility customers need for success in today’s complex global business environment.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and maintains high-level partner status with several of the world’s leading IT solutions and hardware providers, including HPE, Cisco and Dell EMC. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

Dallas Technology Integrator GDT names Meg Gordon Vice President of Services Operations

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology and systems integrator GDT today announced Meg Gordon has been named Vice President of Services Operations, effective immediately. In her new role, Gordon will be focused on delivering an enhanced customer experience to GDT clients by enhancing everything from project management and engineering delivery, to price quoting and the streamlining of project methodology.

According to GDT President Vinod Muthuswamy, “This will allow us to deliver a better experience to our Customers from Quoting, Project Management to Engineering Delivery. In the short period of time that Meg has been with GDT, she has had a huge impact on the transformation of the processes and I am extremely confident in her ability to lead this organization through the next phase of growth.”

Gordon is an IT service management and PMO specialist with 15+ years of experience, and specializes on controls, processes and metrics centered around quoting and project delivery. Prior to joining GDT, Gordon had her own consulting company that focused on PMO best practices and driving continuous improvement through organizations.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, and is ITIL v3 Foundation certified.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and maintains high-level partner status with several of the world’s leading IT solutions and hardware providers, including HPE, Cisco and Dell EMC. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

 

DALLAS TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR GDT NAMES TOM LUTZ DIRECTOR OF SALES—EAST

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology integrator GDT today announced Tom Lutz has been named Director of Sales—East, effective immediately. As Director of Sales for the eastern United States, Lutz will be focused on recruiting, training and developing a high-performing sales team focused primarily on new business development. Lutz will design and implement a strategic plan to meet GDT’s aggressive revenue and profitability goals.

Prior to GDT, Lutz was at CompuCom for 8 years. While there, he held vice president roles responsible for sales territories and strategic accounts. Before that, Lutz worked for 10 years at Zones, a technology solutions provider, where he was responsible for its strategic sales direction nationwide.

Having worked in IT solutions for over 20 years, Lutz brings more than his vast sales experience to the table. He’s also led teams responsible for implementation, service delivery, engineering, solutions architecture and program management.

Lutz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Accounting and Marketing.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

DALLAS TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR GDT NAMES MICHAEL SOUZA DIRECTOR OF SALES—WEST

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology integrator GDT today announced Michael Souza has been named Director of Sales—West, effectively immediately. As Director of Sales for the western United States, Souza will be focused on expanding GDT’s customer base in these technology-centric regions: Silicon Valley, Southern California, Seattle, WA. and Phoenix, AZ.

Souza, a United States Air Force veteran, brings years of sales and technical experience to his new role, having worked with some of the largest corporations in the high-tech sector. He’s held several executive leadership positions in the Bay Area, as well, and offers a unique perspective, having served as both integration partner and customer.

Prior to joining GDT, Souza spent 11 years at FusionStorm, Inc., a $700M+ solutions provider. For the last 8 years at FusionStorm, Souza led worldwide sales, marketing, customer service and consulting engineering.  Prior to FusionStorm, Souza worked in the telecommunications industry for 16 years in various roles. Souza got his start in the technology field while in United States Air Force, where he worked as an Electronics Officer.

Souza attended The University of California at Berkeley, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an Associate of Science degree in Communications-Electronics.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

DALLAS TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR GDT NAMES MEG GORDON DIRECTOR OF SERVICE OPERATIONS

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based technology integrator GDT today announced Meg Gordon has been named Director of Service Operations, effective immediately. As Director of Service Operations, Gordon will be focused on streamlining and enhancing Launch processes and Project methodology.

Gordon is an IT service management and PMO specialist with 15+ years of experience, and specializes on controls, processes and metrics centered around quoting and project delivery. Prior to joining GDT, Gordon had her own consulting company that focused on PMO best practices and driving continuous improvement through organizations. She previously worked at NEC Corporation of America for over 14 years and departed as Vice President of Service Delivery, where she was responsible for over 260 employees.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, and is ITIL v3 Foundation certified.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level of certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

GDT AWARDED TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES CONTRACT

New Contract Makes GDT Advanced Managed Services available to State and Local Government, Public Education, and Other Public Entities in Texas

General Datatech L.P. (GDT) which provides IT solutions for enterprise, healthcare, and government, announced today that it was awarded a Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) contract for Managed Network Services for telecommunication.  The contract is available to Texas state and local government, public education, and other public entities in Texas.

“We believe that this contract will serve to further support our efforts to expand services and solutions for the Public Sector,” said Tom Ducatelli, Executive Vice President of Sales, GDT.

The DIR contract (contract number DIR-TSO-TMP-262, Managed Services for Telecommunications) will go into effect on November 15, 2017.

The Texas DIR facilitates and support Texas government use of information and communications technology — everything from computers, Internet service, data storage, online applications, and much more — so that health, education, transportation, and other services are delivered to the citizens and businesses of Texas efficiently.

Recently, GDT merged with Managed Service provider Advanced Solutions. The merger has provided expanded capabilities around managed network services from a state-of-the-art network and security operations center in Dallas, TX.

For more information about the DIR contract for GDT, visit the website or contact Director of Marketing Darjon Bittner at darjon.bittner@gdt.com

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

GDT Announces Merger with MSP Advanced Solutions

GDT, a leading international IT solutions provider, and Advanced Solutions, a provider of managed IT operational services, today announced the merger of the two companies. Effective immediately, the combined organization will conduct business in Dallas, Texas as General Datatech, L.P., commonly referred to as GDT.

The combined company will be privately held and operated under the GDT brand. Vinod Muthuswamy, President of GDT said, “We have decided to merge with Advanced Solutions because we believe that a consolidated organization will allow us to offer a wider portfolio of advanced technology services. Our customers will benefit from the additional engineering and technical resources from within the combined organization”.

Over the last year, Advanced Solutions has grown 300% in the managed services space launching a state-of-the-art NOC & SOC facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Combined the companies have more than 600 technology professionals. As a regionally undisputed market leader in the IT space, the new GDT will continue to drive technology innovation while providing customers with world-class managed services.

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider specializing in consultation, design, deployment, and management of advanced technology solutions. The combined organization will operate from the GDT Innovation Campus and integration center.

Over the last 20 years, GDT has grown its core engineering practice to achieve master-level certifications in security, collaboration, cloud, and carrier-grade service provider technologies. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.

GDT First to Gain Cisco Master Service Provider Specialization

Dallas, TX – August 21, 2017 – Dallas based GDT, a leading international IT solutions and services provider for business, service providers, government, and healthcare, today announced that it has achieved the Cisco Systems Master Service Provider Specialization. This highly-coveted specialization recognizes GDT’s expertise in designing, deploying, and managing sophisticated, carrier-grade Cisco Service Provider IT solutions. GDT is the only company in North America to obtain this elite status and one of only two Cisco partners worldwide to hold Master Service Provider status.

“This unique certification showcases GDT’s commitment and expertise in delivering industry leading communications, networking, optical, and data center technologies for the Service Provider industry,” said Tom Ducatelli, executive vice president of sales and marketing for GDT. “Our investments with Cisco enable GDT sales and engineering teams to provide thought leadership and expertise for tier 1, 2, and 3 Solution Providers.  Working together with Cisco, GDT has been recognized as providing the highest quality solutions and services in the industry.”

Supporting the World’s Largest Service Providers

To earn this distinction, GDT obtained multiple Cisco training and technical program certification requirements, demonstrating GDT’s proprietary methodology of designing and deploying next-generation carrier-class networks supported by core Cisco technologies. Technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), enterprise media, and optical transport support backbone infrastructure for the world’s largest Service Providers as well as public sector and enterprise customers that require carrier-class solutions. To obtain the Cisco Master Service Provider Specialization, GDT was also required to hold numerous specialized Cisco Certifications including Advanced Service Provider Architecture Specialization, Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization, Advanced Unified Compute Specialization, and Red Hat Certified Open Stack Systems Administrator, among others.

As the only Cisco partner in North America to hold this certification, GDT is dedicated to supporting the needs of these customers and to continue investing in resources around Service Provider technologies. GDT is a longtime triple and now quadruple Master Certified Cisco Gold Partner.  GDT holds numerous high-level and elite Cisco designations including Master Specializations in Security, Collaboration, Cloud Builder, and now Service Provider.

About GDT

Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, designing, deploying, and managing of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government, and healthcare. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers maintain the highest level certifications to translate the latest ideas and technologies into innovative solutions that realize the vision of business leaders.