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May 17, 2021

DataBank Taps Two Industry Visionaries for Key Leadership Posts

In earlier posts, we’ve noted how IT infrastructure is evolving to become more software-driven, edge-focused, and neutrally interconnected in the current Web 3.0 era. DataBank believes these trends will enable a “Digital Asset Allocation” strategy that helps our customers ensure their data and applications are always deployed on the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time.

Our recent acquisition of zColo and our investment in EdgePresence, both notably capitalized on two of these trends: – dramatically expanding our edge footprint and interconnection ecosystem. With the arrival of two key executives, we’re now poised to capitalize on the third trend: – software-enabling our entire edge infrastructure ecosystem.

Phillip RosenthalPhil Rosenthal recently joined us as Vice President of Product and Engineering with responsibility for all software development efforts across the organization. Phil is a veteran entrepreneur in the Internet Infrastructure sector with twenty years of experience weaving network, hosting and software assets together into profitable businesses. His pioneering ventures at NuCDN, BelugaCDN and ISPrime are among the industry’s most notable high-performance, low-latency, high-availability content delivery networks and managed hosting services.

“I’ve been watching DataBank for years and wanted to be a part of something special,” said Rosenthal. “It’s a transformative company where the customer experience means everything, — and I look forward to this versatile role.”

Christian Koch - DataBank

In addition, Christian Koch has joined DataBank as Senior Director of Interconnection Product Strategy with responsibility for further developing our open, neutral interconnection platform. Koch brings a breadth of experience at companies like PacketFabric, Megaport, Microsoft, Twitter, and Globix. He was a member of the board of directors for the Open-IX Association, a non-profit that was formed to foster the development of critical data center and interconnection standards.  Koch is also founder of the New York Network Operations Group (NYNOG.)

“DataBank demonstrates that a data center is more than space, power, and interconnection,” said Koch.  “The customer component is key and DataBank respects that.  Also, cloud and hybrid cloud strategies are market drivers in the competitive data center industry, — and it’s great to be part of a growing and vibrant company that carries that banner.”

Both executives bring to DataBank a belief in leveraging software to create an infrastructure and interconnection experience that is frictionless and easy for customers, and can be deployed and managed at their fingertips.

“The Internet was born of a vision of open, neutral connections that would benefit everyone and could not be monopolized by anyone,” adds Raul Martynek, DataBank’s CEO.

“Phil and Christian share that passion for creating the most pleasant customer experience, and their knowledge and experience deploying infrastructure as code will help position DataBank as the provider of choice for enterprises, technology,​ and content providers in the years ahead.”