Secure SD-WAN:
The Right SD-WAN Solution Matters

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According to Gartner, by 2026, 70% of enterprises will have implemented software-defined cloud interconnect services to connect to public communication service providers (CSPs), which is an increase from approximately 10% in 2020.

There are several key benefits from upgrading your network to a software defined, internet only services for your WAN connectivity. Companies like yours have seen an acceleration of their digital transformation initiatives when choosing the right managed services provider deploying the correct underlying technology. These companies have seen an increase in available bandwidth and a lower total cost of ownership.

GTT and VMware are inviting you to join a roundtable, featuring executives from multiple different industries. The executives will share their experiences deploying an SD-WAN solution with a Managed Services Provider and the value MSPs provide their business. During this time, you will gain perspective on the benefits of deploying an SD-WAN solution and the challenges of doing it yourself.

In this roundtable, you will gain:

  • Benefits of deploying SD-WAN
  • Understand the use cases for SD-WAN
  • Challenges when attempting a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach
  • Value of integrating SD-WAN with security

**Registrations for the virtual panel
is closed and is up to capacity.

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Virtual panel presented by:
GTT VMWare 1000

Event Speakers

Troy Drake
Division President, Enterprise Field Sales

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Based in McLean, VA, Troy Drake is responsible for GTT’s Enterprise Field Division in the Americas. He has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to GTT, he spent 8 years as the Head of Telstra International’s Enterprise team in North America, responsible for sales teams across direct and indirect channels. Telstra leverages its global network with strong APAC presence to support US Enterprise clients. Before joining Telstra, he led enterprise sales teams at Tata Communications, supporting enterprise clients with voice and network needs globally. Prior to Tata, he spent 7 years at Global Crossing as Mid-Atlantic Region Sales Manager supporting enterprise customers clients across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to starting his telecommunications career, he spent 4 years in the National Football League as an Offensive Lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins (now Washington Commanders). He has leveraged his sports and leadership experience enabling his success while building and managing his teams. Troy holds a BS in Business from Indiana University.

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Eric Hyman
Senior Director – Product Marketing

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Eric is responsible for the development and execution of GTT’s product marketing and partner marketing strategies including the creation and implementation of a comprehensive go-to-market framework for secure networking, managed networking, and voice. He supports sales
enablement, demand generation and field marketing in collaboration with the broader global marketing team. Eric provides market insights to the global product management team to help drive product roadmap initiatives.

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Chris Heaton
Senior Account Executive

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Chris Heaton is a Senior Account Executive within the VMware SASE Service Provider Sales team. Chris works with partners and their end users to simplify network services, assure application performance, ease cloud adoption, and offer choices in edge security. Chris has extensive experience in SD-WAN, Mobile and Fixed Wireless Networks, Core Networks, Access Networks, Customer Premise Equipment, Virtualization, Cloud and Analytics in his 25+ years in the telecom industry.

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Mike D’Arezzo
Executive Director of Security and GRC
Wellstar Health System

Sheneq Aranda
Strategic Initiatives & Performance Management
Cadence Bank

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Shenequa Aranda (Sheneq) is the Vice President – Strategic Initiatives and Performance Management at Cadence Bank. Sheneq blends her financial, operational, strategy, and performance management subject matter expertise with a passion for technology advancement to lead cross-functional transformations and critical initiatives to reduce expenses, mitigate risks, and enhance performance.

Originally from Chicago, Sheneq has lived in various parts of the United States, Singapore and London. Sheneq holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Aurora University and MBA from University of Illinois.

Sheneq passionately advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. From working internationally with corporate stakeholders to launching employee resource groups and advocating for positive changes in the community, Sheneq blends DEI leadership with business expertise.

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Aaron Walton
Director of Security Operations
Bed Bath & Beyond


GTT Secure

Michael Booth, Senior Director of Sales, TigerGraph

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Michael Booth is a Senior Director of Sales for TigerGraph with more than 25 years of experience working with Analytics and Business Intelligence capabilities supporting Financial Services Organizations.

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3:00pm-3:10pm (EST)

Opening Remarks & Executive Introductions

3:10pm-3:30pm (EST)

Host Introduction

3:30pm-4:00pm (EST)

Fireside Chat Hosted by GTT

4:00pm-4:30pm (EST)

Executive Discussion


GTT is a managed network and security services provider to global organizations. We design and deliver solutions that leverage advanced cloud, networking and security technologies. We complement our solutions with a suite of professional services and exceptional sales and support teams in local markets around the world. We serve thousands of national and multinational companies with a portfolio that includes SD-WAN, security, Internet, voice and other connectivity options. Our services are uniquely enabled by our top-ranked, global, Tier 1 IP backbone, which spans more than 260 cities on six continents. The company culture is built on a customer-first service experience reinforced by our commitment to operational excellence and continuous improvement in our business, environmental, social and governance practices. For more information, visit www.gtt.net.

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Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.



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