Website Hosting Review Interview with Thomas Brown, President and CEO, DataGryd
By Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu
Thomas Brown is President and CEO of DataGryd where he is responsible for planning and implementing the company’s strategy and managing the overall revenue growth of the company. Tom joined DataGryd in 2018 and brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in start-up, turnaround and high-growth operations. Prior to joining DataGryd, he led the content, cable, and data center verticals within Windstream’s Wholesale Business Unit. From 1999 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., where he was an integral part in the sale of the company to the Zayo Group.
Website Hosting Review recently sat down with Tom to discuss the current trends affecting the data center sector, what makes DataGryd unique in the New York metro area colocation market, and the company’s upcoming attendance at International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2018, taking place May 6-8 in Chicago.
Website Hosting Review, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: What trends are you observing in the data center sector and how are they affecting the way that DataGryd approaches its business?
DataGryd, Tom Brown (DG-TB) Answer: Today, colocation providers must design a data center that not only serves customers’ current requirements, but that will serve their needs for the next 25 years. For DataGryd, that means right-sizing infrastructure to support the needs of additional cooling and power loads. Higher load racks require more careful planning and redundancy.
DCP-KX Q: DataGryd appointed you as its new president and CEO in early March. What do you see as your leadership mandate?
DG-TB A: Supported by an expert team, it’s my objective to leverage my experience in strategic and tactical market development, branding, and customer relationship management to guide DataGryd into its next phase of customer acquisition and revenue generation. In the near term, DataGryd plans to lease an additional 60,000 square-feet of data center space to new and existing customers within the next 18 to 24 months.
DCP-KX Q: Why is New York such an essential location for data processing and storage, and in a competitive colocation market such Manhattan, what sets DataGryd apart from its competitors?
DG-TB A: For multinational companies and North American-based firms, New York City is the business capital of the world and one of the most concentrated hubs of internet connectivity. Offering 240,000 square-feet of available colocation space, DataGryd provides the largest single footprint data center available in the city and can service clients from 250 kW to 5 MW. Our 60 Hudson facility offers a turn-key, high-power data center space and provides technology-driven operational efficiencies that reduce costs for entry and power.
DCP-KX Q: Why is ITW such an important industry event for you and your company?
DG-TB A: As the largest wholesale telecom event in the world, ITW is an excellent venue at which to meet with prospective and existing customers, catch up with colleagues and make new connections while keeping abreast of the technologies and trends affecting the global telecom industry.
DCP-KX: Tom, thank you for your time today and best wishes to you and DataGryd at ITW. To learn more about DataGryd, visit www.datagryd.com. To schedule a meeting with the DataGryd team at ITW, click here.