Frank Huston, President of TerraCom Direct, which was named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016, has been with TerraCom since April of 2014. The company was formed in 2012 to provide service and support to businesses throughout the US with a heavy focus on secured, compliant colocation and cloud services.
"Many data centers provide real-estate space for your equipment and that’s about it," Huston said. "In that model, you buy your space, move your equipment in and it is up to you to manage it. We took a different tact. We seek to understand what clients' pain points are and put together hybrid solutions that may include, for example, colocation for legacy applications, and integration for cloud services. Our clients receive the benefit of the protection that a data center provides while also being served by network engineers that understand business and can support custom solutions."
Huston and TerraCom Direct are grateful for the visibility that comes with being recognized as a GrowFL Company To Watch. "For us it is validation for the amount of work we have put in growing a data center in a market that doesn’t readily know we exist," Huston said. "For us to be recognized in a way that lets our community know we are here is very positive for us and something we are excited to share with the local community."
Huston's advice to growing companies and aspiring entrepreneurs is to know what you are getting yourself into. "It's understanding what our mission is," he said. "You have to have a clear vision and clear mission, whether it be target market, niche, or specialty of service but you have to understand what your market is, who your competitors are and where you fit in to that in order to gauge how to move forward."