Switch (company)

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Switch
Type Private
Industry Technology
Founded 2000[1]
Headquarters Enterprise, Nevada, United States
Key people Rob Roy (CEO, founder, chairman)
Website switchlv.com

Switch is a privately held company based in Enterprise, Nevada. The company is the developer and operator of the SUPERNAP, data center facilities, and provides colocation, connectivity, cloud services, and content ecosystems.[1][2]

History[edit]

Switch Communications began in 2002 as a government contractor, owning and operating data centers throughout Southern Nevada and providing off-site server services.[1] Rob Roy, CEO and founder of Switch, is the organization's principal inventor and chief engineer.[3]

In 2008, the company opened SUPERNAP 7, a 407,000-square-foot facility.[1] As of 2014, Switch has built and is operating two data centers spanning more than 750,000 square feet and covering SUPERNAP phases 1 through 8. In 2014, SUPERNAP 8 received the Tier IV Construction certification from the Uptime Institute, the first certification given to a colocation facility.[3] That same year, Switch formed SUPERNAP International with Orascom TMT Investments to build data center ecosystems worldwide based on designs from the Tier IV-rated SUPERNAP facility.[4] The company is constructing another facility planned at 600,000 square feet for its SUPERNAP 9 and 10 phases.[4][5] Switch has more than 1,000 clients, including Fortune 1000 companies.[3][6] Users include Sony, Google, and eBay.[5][6]

Supercomputer Cherry Creek[edit]

In 2014, Switch announced collaboration with Intel and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to give university researchers access to a powerful supercomputer. iSupercomputer Cherry Creek will be housed on Switch's campus, with researchers accessing the computer through SUPERNAP's connectivity network to work in fields that include genetics and medicine.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jennifer Robison (21 September 2011). "Switch Communications data center expanding to 2.2 million square feet". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Overgaard, Kristi "Switch SUPERNAP Named as the First and Only Registered Hosting Center for Online Gaming by the Nevada Gaming Commission" Nevada Business. May 31, 2013
  3. ^ a b c Miller, Rich "SuperNAP 8 Earns Tier IV Gold Status for Operations"Data Center Knowledge. August 5, 2014
  4. ^ a b Luxford, Hollie"SuperNAP Data Centers Branches Out of the US"Data Center Dynamics. March 13, 2014
  5. ^ a b Miller, Rich "Shutterfly Deploys 1,000 Cabinets at Switch SUPERNAP"Data Center Knowledge. October 16, 2014
  6. ^ a b Brodkin, John "Meet Rob Roy, the man who built the SuperNAP data center"Network World. Jan. 22, 2009
  7. ^ Schmidt, Will "UNLV Awarded the Use of Intel's World-Class Supercomputer Cherry Creek"Tech Cocktail Las Vegas. Oct. 13, 2014

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