|Headquarters||Enterprise, Nevada, United States|
|Rob Roy (CEO, founder, chairman)|
Number of employees
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.
Switch Communications began in 2000 as a government contractor, owning and operating data centers throughout Southern Nevada and providing off-site server services. Rob Roy, CEO and founder of Switch, is the organization's principal inventor and chief engineer. Rob Roy holds 218 patents or patent-pending claims for SUPERNAP designs and engineering that have been Tier IV certified by the Uptime Institute.
In 2008, the company opened SUPERNAP 7, a 407,000-square-foot (37,800 m2) facility. As of 2014, Switch has built and is operating two data centers spanning more than 750,000 square feet (70,000 m2) and covering SUPERNAP phases 1 through 8. In 2014, SUPERNAP 8, a 350,000-square-foot (33,000 m2) facility, received the Tier IV Construction certification from the Uptime Institute, the first certification given to a colocation facility. Later in 2014, SUPERNAP 8 received Uptime's Tier IV Gold certification for Operational Sustainability. 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. The company is constructing another facility planned at 600,000 square feet for its SUPERNAP 9 and 10 phases. Switch is in the process of building a 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) facility adjacent to its other site.
In January, 2015 Switch announced a $4 billion expansion plan to build two new facilities, the first a 3,000,000-square-foot (280,000 m2) facility on 1,000 acres (400 ha) at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and the second, a second in the Las Vegas area. The company also announced a 500-mile (800 km) long fiber optic network to connect the naps to each other and directly to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Switch developed a purchasing cooperative to allow customers to collectively purchase connectivity and other services from the ten phases of its campus. SUPERNAP facilities 1 through 6 have been sold, with network buying available for SUPERNAP 7 through 10. SUPERNAP 9 and 10 are under construction.
Supercomputer Cherry Creek
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.
In summer 2015, the company made a half-million dollar investment in a facility located in downtown Reno, Nevada. Called the Innevation Center, the facility is meant to be a collaborative center for students, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors. The 25,000 square foot building was purchased from City of Reno. Switch has also designed a 65,000 square foot Innevation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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