How it all got started
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.
Gavin Miller, CEO
Prior to joining Instant Data Centers Gavin was most recently on the leadership team for the technology solutions division of Avnet Inc., a global distributor of electronic components and enterprise class data center technology. His twelve plus year career at Avnet included leading their Canadian operations where he drove strategy and execution, doubling the business in less than four years – all organically. After demonstrating such success, Gavin was asked to relocate to Arizona with the task of building a division that would combine all off-platform storage, networking and security products into a cohesive unit as an engine for growth. At launch, this unit was just under $1B in size and the President jokingly said: “we’re expecting you to double this in less than four years too”. Taking that as a challenge, he drove the organization to unprecedented growth and within two years had the unit to $1.8B before being asked to take on a new role.
Since that time, Gavin also revamped Avnet’s solutions approach with its partners, positioned them as thought leaders in 5 vertical markets, restructured the company’s sales approach, turned around a failing business unit focused on servicing the OEM market, launched Avnet Government Solutions, LLC and consolidated all marketing functions in one unit saving the company millions annually. Oh, and in his spare time he ran corporate strategy for the Americas and ensured alignment throughout all areas of the business. Prior to Avnet, he was in the VAR community and was a member of the executive team that took an Atlantic Canadian company from start-up to over $250M(CND) in 5 years.
In addition to being passionate about growth, he is also passionate about the people he works with and developing them to be ready for the success they will undoubtedly achieve. His life’s motto is to leave everything better than he found it – a lesson taught to him at an early age by his grandfather. We are pleased to have Gavin as part of our executive team and are confident in his ability to drive us to success
Russ Dailey, CTO
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 created Instant Data Centers and purchase Elliptical Mobile Solutions. Today Russ has his dream job as CTO 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.
Laura Dailey, COO
Laura Dailey started with Instant Data Centers excited to be part of an emerging industry. Since December 2015, Laura has contributed to building IDC by managing key customer relationships, creating and maintaining bookkeeping, payroll, benefits coordination, developing operational procedures, and personally working on renovating IDC's office and warehouse space. (This includes building some of the furniture and being the most skilled forklift operator in the company, second only to the CTO, Russ.)
Prior to being COO at IDC Laura built relationships and gained sales as a Senior Account Executive at an Arizona based Technology VAR. Before entering the world of IT Laura was the Director of The Lasik Vision Institute of AZ. As the director, she managed both the clinical and business operations for the Institute. Laura led a clinical staff and administrative staff in a sales driven environment. (Literally selling surgical packages, then assisting in the OR when needed.) Laura produced over 3.2 million in sales and maintained a top 10 position in the corporation for overall revenue and profitability during her tenure there. The elective medical and health industry was not new to Laura as she started her career as the Jenny Craig Market Director SW region, Nestle USA. Laura’s leadership style led to a proven track record of teams that exceeded revenue goals.
“I believe strongly that all relationships are dependent on having full buy-in by both sides. The willingness to truly listen to others is the only way to get to the results everyone wants. I can’t be anything but authentic and open. One of my super powers is that people feel compelled to spill their guts to me. I take it as a compliment. As a savvy business woman I use that advantage, add in skilled communication, and close business. People want to feel smart, and secure in their decisions when they hand money over to a business, and that’s how I treat everyone."
NEMA, VP of Thermal Dynamics
Besides being waterproof and dustproof, NEMA is a skilled martial artist. NEMA got his start in the late 80’s as a network engineer for Shredder. Shredder's network was extensive and required a lot of computing power to beat the competition. (Who were four mutant turtles learned in the excellent ninja arts.) NEMA was impressed and wanted to be a ninja. Ninja-ing was where NEMA found his passion - Thermal Dynamics and ninja discipline. You may ask yourself, "Why thermal dynamics?"
He won't tell us.
But here's what he will say. We are all rocketing toward the future of edge technology, 5G, and IoT. Having the right infrastructure is critical. The applications are endless. The solution is Micro Data Centers from Instant Data Centers.