JSA’s 24/7/365 networking app, CEO Exchange, has launched a fun, new campaign starting this month called “CEO of the Month.” Each month it will honor one of its CEO members as a way for us to get to him or her better. The CEO Exchange was designed for industry C-levels to meet, network and collaborate in a meaningful manner, not just by discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the telecom, tech and content-driven industries but to set an action plan together for next positive steps forward.
First up, DataBank’s Raul Martynek:
How long have you been the CEO of DataBank?
Since June 2017
What do you love most about your job and why?
I love that DataBank has a very passionate, smart and dedicated team who is super focused on client and partner relationships, along with driving enhanced capabilities across our solution suite. It is very rewarding as a CEO to lead such a talented group of people each and every day. Our employees are at the core of our success. When employees feel valued, knowledgeable about the company’s direction, and sufficiently challenged in their careers, they perform best.
What is your biggest concern or challenge as a CEO?
DataBank has experienced tremendous growth over the past 18 months, doubling the size of our business. Focused on serving Tier 2 cities, we have expanded our footprint from 6 data centers in 3 markets to 15 data centers in 8 markets. That is no easy task but we have been successful because of our dedicated team of people and our focus on high quality solutions including colocation, cloud, managed services, and security. We also take compliance very seriously and have a strategic focus to help clients ensure they meet the many complex rules and requirements. That said, doing all of that well and maintaining the close relationships we have with our clients definitely gets harder as the business gets larger. DataBank is fortunate though to have a very talented team with a wealth of knowledge that share that same customer-first sentiment.
You’ve made your career around the technology sector. What do you see as the next big thing?
There are many new, cool technologies that are moving at a rapid pace of adoption including 5G, AI, IoT, blockchain and autonomous vehicles. These advancements and others are paving the way for even more innovation – some of which we can’t really imagine today. It will be interesting to see the developments. There is no question that bandwidth needs will continue to rise and the speed in which data has to travel will be more important than ever before.
What do you see as your biggest opportunity in the next 12 months ahead (for your company and/or the industry at large)?
DataBank has been successful with the integration of C7, 365 Data Centers, and Edge Hosting – which not only have expanded our footprint to cities such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City but have also made our services suite more robust and helped us to better serve the needs of our clients. We will focus our efforts on additional geographies with the same approach in mind – Tier 2 markets that are traditionally underserved but where we can establish high quality infrastructure with a lot of connectivity options. And ultimately get clients closer to the edge – to where data is processed.
I think hybrid cloud models will play an increasing role in IT infrastructures across all sized companies and verticals – as companies manage workloads across public cloud, private cloud and even, multi-cloud architectures. Our team is experienced and takes a very consultative approach when designing client solutions to make sure we are thinking through requirements, goals and planning ahead.