How it all got started
Instant Data Centers like all great companies starts with its great people. Mike & Russ met a while back talking about a solution that had nothing to do with Micro-Modular Data Center enclosures. One conversation turned into hundreds and Russ found a way to purchase the assets of a company that Mike had helped start and is listed on the founding patents for, Elliptical Mobile Solutions. Instant Data Centers with the gracious help of Jon & Jared from Managed Admin LLC was born in December of 2015.
We all knew if we were to be successful we would need two things, besides great people and capital to get this going right. We would need a new product line and to acquire Elliptical Mobile Solutions (EMS). We spent eight months trying to purchase EMS. We acquired the assets officially on July 19th, 2016 and are fully operating the EMS product lines out of Instant Data Centers.
With the acquisition of EMS, IDC had what it needed to go to market. EMS came with 14 Patents on the Micro-Modular Data Center product line and several trademarks including the term “Micro-Modular Data Center ™”. We acquired all the inventory and most importantly the customers and the CAD files used to manufacture the new inventory. Now with the patents being in our name, we could also adjust our prototypes that we had been working on for almost a year called our Agility Line to have the same airflow techniques and patented shared plenum.
We wanted this new product to be able to use the proven techniques and patented process of air flow with close-coupled cooling, closed- loop cooling and now the new shared plenum.
Russ spent his research time asking the old employees where EMS had fallen short, what was the objections to the previous units and where could we create a new group that would help bridge the gap between these incredibly rugged units and a more indoor unit with the same great efficiencies. With this information and the ever turning mind of Mike, we evolved the product line.
This page is not about the products, it's about the people, but it's very hard to tell you about the leadership of this company without talking about the story and the products themselves. Instant Data Centers is a product focused company; we must provide the best in our niche or else. Our product is about being efficient, versatile and breaking traditional assumptions.
Russ Dailey, CEO
1980 was the year that Russ’s father started his company, Kirkland Fireplace; Russ was born one year later. His entire life he was raised in a metal fabrication, design shop and manufacturing plant for fireplaces in the Seattle area. His father went on to successfully patent and trademark a line of fireplaces that would be the only fireplace ever to be EPA certified. This fireplace called the Fireplace Xtrordinair. The secret to this fireplace was the air flow; it burned so hot and so clean that it was fully legal to burn a wood fire during a burn ban. During this time Russ grew to love working with his hands where he learned to be a welder & fabricator. Russ had a few other passions too, baseball & computers. Russ became a go-to computer guy for all his friends and family who drove a desire of wanting to learn more. Russ went to college to play baseball and went on to get his degree in Business MIS and Computer Science.
Russ left Washington and moved to San Francisco to go work in the financial markets and big data. From the Financial Markets to the Domain market and Internet giant GoDaddy.com where he worked with GoDaddy’s largest clients domain portfolios, aftermarket domains and aiding his clients in methods to be / stay profitable in the hosting and domain industries. When Russ left GoDaddy.com in 2013, he helped start an Arizona VAR called Avisolve which grew to become a very successful company. Then came Russ’s introduction to Elliptical Mobile Solutions (EMS). EMS was already in Chapter 11 and needed a loan to continue to operate under the care of a trustee while the sale of the assets was being organized.
Russ instantly knew the value of EMS because what he saw was the same efficient airflows that his dad, Rick Dailey, had shown him so many years ago. Russ had spent well over a decade mastering different types of high-end technology and had been involved in the establishment of many data centers, so when he saw the way EMS was cooling the equipment, it reminded him of the efficient ways his father used airflows to create clean, efficient heat, but in reverse.
Russ knew that he needed to be a part of this, so he found investors and partnered with Mike Chaput to create Instant Data Centers and purchase Elliptical Mobile Solutions. Today Russ has his dream job as CEO of Instant Data Centers where he gets to spend some of his time on his computer, and with partners, one of his favorite things is to walk back to the warehouse and pick up some welding gear to do some work with his hands in the shop.
Mike Chaput drives an early 2000s Ford Pickup with over 400,000 Miles on the original motor. Mike does not believe in waste, he loves his truck and is proud of where it’s been and taken him over the past 15 years. He’s a man who loves to fish and drive all over experiencing life. He finds many friendships all over the globe because he is a genuinely curious and interested human being. He sees someone, and he talks to that person, simple. He likes to meet people and find out about their passions of life, and whenever possible ask them about their IT environment. When he isn’t traveling or fishing, he spends his nights learning. Mostly about air conditioners, air flows, NEMA rating and in general everything to do with Micro-Modular Data Center solutions. Mike’s biggest downfall are he wants to help fix everything but does not have the time. Professionally Mike started in the Air-Force in 1982 and worked mostly with the technology.
You could say this is where he first was interested in improving the environments of how these pieces of technology all work together. He gained knowledge in military necessities like EMI Shielding and thermal dynamics. He has worked with many technology companies both as an Engineer and a Sales partner. Through the years he always went back to figuring out how to design a better data center. Fast forward and Mike along with a group of a similarly minded group founded EMS in 2005. Mike is an engineer by heart, so he spent his time at EMS building a product and a company. Today Mike is part owner and CTO of Instant Data Centers, where we control the patents & assets that Mike helped create. Mike is very excited to have control of his creations again and with the right partners and leadership, push the Micro-Modular Data Center market into the next phase of growth.