ScaleMatrix Acquires Modular Data Center Provider Instant Data Centers


ScaleMatrix is doubling down on the edge with the acquisition of micro and modular data center specialist Instant Data Centers.

The San Diego, Calif.-based high-density colocation and hybrid hosting data center provider said one of the main reasons it acquired Tempe, Ariz.-based Instant Data Centers is because of the demands that 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are creating at the edge.

"Across the spectrum of industries, our clients are increasingly requiring their IT resources to be closer to where the decision processes and data creation is occurring, especially as artificial intelligence continues to gain traction,” said ScaleMatrix CEO and co-founder Chris Orlando in a statement. “In November, we debuted a modular configuration of our Dynamic Density Control (DDS) S-Series cabinets, which allows users to extend enterprise data center capabilities into places where data center resources are scarce, or where a data center does not even exist. This offer is seeing success in the field, but the demand to place IT workloads in even more challenging environments continues to evolve, and our acquisition of Instant Data Centers sets the stage for us to be able to help customers truly deploy any hardware, at any density, anywhere.”

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Instant Data Centers CEO Gavin Miller will become chief sales and marketing officer for ScaleMatrix’s DDC brand. The company said Miller will be “utilizing his strong background in channels to build out a robust partner program allowing existing and future partners access to our innovative solutions.”

ScaleMatrix said it plans to aggressively expand its data center and cabinet technology businesses, with eyes on global expansion through both direct and partner channels.

Instant Data Centers, which acquired Elliptical Mobile Solution in 2016, provides ScaleMatrix with a robust lineup of cabinet technology, ranging from modular platform-scale solutions to highly ruggedized micro-cabinets which can be deployed anywhere. The integration of Instant Data Centers product line into ScaleMatrix’s DDC solutions looks to bring mobility, ruggedization and variable form factor capabilities to modular data center solutions.

Founded in 2011, ScaleMatrix provides colocation, cloud, backup, disaster recovery, and professional support from a national footprint of variable-density data centers which leverage its DDC S-Series cabinet platform to support up to 52kW of thermal density in a single 45U enclosure. The company has expanded across the United States by creating a network of four regional data centers with up to 57 megawatts of capacity, including new sites in Seattle, Wash. and Charlotte, N.C.