By Keith Coker, Founder, Green Cloud
Green Cloud, the cloud service provider with a channel-only strategy, hosted 50 channel partners at its inaugural Partner Summit, October 9-11, in its hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.
The two-day Summit at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel included insights and updates from Green Cloud’s founders and a lot of discussion about topics such as network security and compliance. A DaaS partner panel, a disaster-recovery panel, a provisioning portal demonstration and a compensation breakout session provided great conversation and key takeaways so that Green Cloud can continue to help MSPs and VARs incorporate long-term recurring cloud revenues into their businesses.
Of course, there was plenty of fun and numerous social activities during the Summit, which included a trip to the BMW Performance Driving School, where partners got to experience the adrenaline of high-performance driving on an autocross course.
The Partner Summit provided invaluable insights and feedback, and Green Cloud was especially appreciative of sponsors VMware, Tintri, Cisco, Veeam, Zerto and Level 3.
Click through the gallery below for a recap. We bet you’ll see people you know.
Keith Coker helped start Green Cloud in 2011 with C-level telecom veterans and since the company’s first full year of business, Green Cloud has experienced a growth rate of more than 6,700 percent. Today, the company offers a growing list of 500 channel partners with turnkey, cloud-based infrastructure solutions and world-class data center facilities built on industry-leading platforms such as Cisco, VMware, and Tintri.
Eric Hester of Green Cloud talks about the latest in cybersecurity trends, cyberattacks and web security threats. During this presentation, Summit sponsor Level 3 shared how a thorough security approach gives its customers a comprehensive view of their networking architecture and threat environment.
Tom Ellery of Tintri spoke about the significant partnership with Green Cloud and how Tintri provides trusted public cloud agility so Green Cloud can offer channel partners turnkey, cloud-based infrastructure solutions in world-class data-center facilities.
Matt Day, Luke Mangum and Eric Hester of Green Cloud enjoy lunch with Chris Holder of Dyonyx at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse overlooking the Reedy River in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
Alex Battard and Chad Perrier of Universal Data Inc., Charles Crampton of Akzium and Charles Houser of Green Cloud have a chance to network and enjoy lunch together.
Cliff Nelson and Brandon Smith of OnePath, and Dan Timko and Lee Nappi of Green Cloud spend time networking over lunch at Ruth’s Chris.
BMWs were waiting and ready for Summit attendees to drive on the Fast Track course. BMW M2s, M3s, M4s and 440is were driven on various obstacle courses and the BMW X5s were driven on an off-road course at the BMW Performance Driving School.
That's Jon McComb and Bill Wilshire of Core BTS on the track at the BMW Performance Driving School.
After an afternoon of driving high-performance BMWs at the Performance Driving School, channel partners enjoyed dinner at BMW North American Headquarters. Twenty-five years ago, BMW opened the first BMW manufacturing plant in the U.S., in Spartanburg, South Carolina, about 15 miles from Green Cloud’s headquarters.