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GDS Certified with Master Designation to Provide Cisco Powered Cloud and Managed Services

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 10:55:15 AM

GDS within Top Percentage of Cisco Partners with Master Designation to Sell and Deliver Cisco Powered Cloud and Managed Services.

Cisco_Powered_Universal_600px_225_RGB.pngLafayette, LA: Global Data Systems (GDS) announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Master Service Provider designation with the introduction of Cisco Powered™ Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Cisco Powered Managed Internet Service. This certification by Cisco’s Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP) recognizes GDS  as having achieved an elite level of expertise to sell and deliver cloud and/or managed services. To be able to offer these services as Cisco Powered Services, GDS needed to complete a rigorous third-party audit of its services. This audit verifies that services are delivered with enterprise-class reliability, security and support. 

The Master Service Provider designation also recognizes GDS’s investment and commitment to providing cloud and managed services at Cisco’s highest standards. The shared goal is to help businesses and organizations realize faster time to value.

“Joining the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program and achieving the Master Service Provider designation is a key milestone of our cloud strategy,” said Ned Fasullo, Chief Marketing Officer, GDS. “It shows customers our investment and commitment to providing them with a cloud experience in which they can confidently expand and transform their business.”

The partnership between GDS and Cisco extends into the marketplace as well. Cisco will provide numerous financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence. Cisco will also actively sell GDS’s cloud services that are Cisco Powered through its own sales channels. In addition, GDS and Cisco will continue to work together to provide ongoing innovation through these services.


About Global Data Systems. Established in 1987, Global Data Systems, Inc. (GDS) is recognized as leading provider of hybrid networking, cloud communications and managed services. GDS designs and implements end-to-end solutions over a converged and secure network. The company is headquartered in Lafayette, with additional Louisiana offices/sales and technical personnel in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lockport, and a sales office in Houston, Texas.

About the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP): CMSP helps Cisco partners to envision, build, market, and sell their cloud and managed services. The program offers partners access to an elite level of expertise, business acceleration tools and services, sales training, and presence in the Cisco Cloud Marketplace. Financial benefits include global discounts and incentives to help maximize profitability, build customer loyalty, and differentiate a partner’s cloud and managed services offerings. Three program levels give partners a flexible framework for business growth and the acquisition of new revenue streams.

About Cisco Powered: Cisco Powered is the industry standard for cloud and managed services. Based on validated architectures and end-to-end security, Cisco Powered services minimize technology lifecycle complexity to reduce cost and risk. To ensure enterprise-class service, security, and 24/7 support, Cisco partners offering Cisco Powered services must undergo a rigorous certification and third-party audit of their solutions. As the power behind the cloud, Cisco Powered services enable organizations to connect with confidence while achieving faster time-to-value, experiencing assured performance, and leveraging ongoing innovation built on open standards.

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Topics: Cisco, Cisco Gold Partner, GDS, Cisco CMSP, Cisco Powered Services