GIGA was formed by a group of data center professionals, designers, and engineers who saw the future of data center technology. Our mission is to reinvent the data center to improve your economic performance and impact on the environment by making cutting-edge technology available to everyone, not just Hyperscale IT companies.

Our team has been involved in the data center market for decades. We have built out some of the largest and most technically advanced data centers on the planet for the leading Enterprise IT firms. Companies such as AT&T, Microsoft, Southern California Edison, and U.S. Federal agencies including the Dept. of Energy use data centers built with the cost-saving modular systems designed and deployed by our team.

Jake Ring

President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to GIGA, Jake founded DC BLOX as CEO in 2014 to provide comprehensive data center services for the SMB market including colocation and managed services. In 2017 he was made Vice Chairman after pivoting the company to providing expanded availability and network services, then left to found GIGA Data Centers to serve the Enterprise colocation market.

Prior to this, he was CMO for GE Energy Management where he led the global development of strategy and commercialization initiatives and led the creation of GE’s Critical Power business. He spent over nine years managing portfolio companies for private equity investors of electrical & electronic manufacturing businesses, and has also held executive leadership roles with Newark Electronics, American Superconductor Corp., and Emerson Electric, in which he led Marketing & Product Management for the Liebert division. He can be reached here.

James Longacre

Chief Engineer

James is a military veteran and an accomplished creative, results-oriented engineer and leader with over 20+ years of electrical power systems and mission-critical infrastructure development. A holder of several patents, he is a Fellow in Good Standing of the International Hive Consortium and active member of the American Association for Advancement of Science. He has been instrumental in the planning, design and construction of data center facilities for IT and telecom including Microsoft, Apple, AT&T, and US Departments of Energy and Defense. He can be reached here.

Daniel Robbins

Exec Vice President, Data Center Solutions

Daniel joins Giga Data Centers from DCD and SGI where he was the Principal Program Manager, World Wide Business Development Manager for the ICE Cube Product line. In early 2008, Daniel left Microsoft as a Data Center consultant to take over and build a new Modular Data Center (MDC) program for SGI (formerly Rackable Systems). He took a product concept and drove it to a successful product-market fit with a customer backed approach. Within 5 months Daniel kicked off a global MDC program with two employees, no marketing, zero internal funding, and a strategic global partnership strategy that included the manufacture of Microsoft’s first Containerized Data Centers. Within 12 months the MDC pipeline grew to over $40M, including manufacturing in the US and Europe and deployments on nearly every continent. He can be reached here.

David Shepard

Chief Revenue Officer

David is responsible for leading all new business revenue opportunities for GIGA, including for GIGA’s colocation data center facilities, build-to-suit opportunities and sale lease-back pursuits. David is GIGA’s primary point of contact for the industry, and his leadership will focus on building new customer relationships in order to grow GIGA’s presence as a provider in the colocation data center market.

David has 20+ years of experience growing and managing large enterprise customers and building successful sales and marketing teams. Prior to joining GIGA, David served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for BASELAYER, a manufacturer of modular data center solutions, where he helped drive a 120% increase in revenue. Previously, he was Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for FORTRUST (now Iron Mountain) where he built a team that doubled data center capacity and customers in less than 18 months. Prior to FORTRUST, David held multiple executive positions at IO Data Centers where he was integral in expanding the company’s footprint from a single data center in Scottsdale, Arizona with less than 10 customers to over 2 million square feet, 200 Megawatts of power capacity and over 500 customers in the U.S., UK, and Singapore. He can be reached here.

Gary Smith

Exec Vice President, Channel Sales & Business Development

Gary is responsible for sourcing new business opportunities for GIGA through channel partners, including customers for GIGA’s colocation data center facilities and service opportunities to new partners. As GIGA’s primary point of contact for the channel, his focus is on establishing new channel partner relationships in order to expand GIGA’s presence in the data center market.

Gary draws upon his 20-plus years of data center industry experience, having held leadership roles in Channel Sales, Channel Sales Management, and Senior Executive positions at Cable & Wireless, AT&T and Switch & Data. Prior to joining GIGA, Gary was Managing Partner for Business Continuity Resource, LLC where he helped organizations seamlessly combine data center, cloud, and security software to successfully provide applications to deliver Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions to Enterprise class customers worldwide. He can be reached here.

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