Switch is a global technology solutions company whose core business is the design, construction and operation of the most advanced data centers and most powerful technology ecosystems on the planet.
We believe that the future progress of humanity depends on the sustainable growth of the Internet. As more people, businesses, governments and devices come online, the need for data centers increases, as does the growing need to power those data centers with renewable energy.
At Switch, every team member is driven to produce real results for our clients – technologically and financially. Our data center ecosystem empowers our clients with a myriad of options for innovation, economies of scale, risk mitigation, sustainability and investment protection.
More than a decade and a half ago, Rob Roy realized that the Data center industry was going to experience unbelievable growth in all aspects of scope and consumption. It was at that time that he put forth his first patented design metrics for his Switch WDMD (Wattage Density Modular Design) program. Since that time, Rob Roy has added numerous patent claims to his portfolio and currently has more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims. Most of today’s Data Center companies use concepts that were first patented and introduced by Rob Roy as part of Switch WDMD. Not only is he the pioneer of many of the data center concepts and practices in use today by most practitioners in the industry, Rob Roy's facilities have been using these practices for well over a decade, long before most of the other providers started to copy Switch’s designs and operational programs.
Data center designs that were Patented and put to use in Switch’s Data Centers more than a decade before anyone else in the industry:
In Rob Roy’s mission to redesign and redefine every aspect of the data center, he has developed more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims. These designs are manifested in industry-renowned Switch data centers in the United States and SUPERNAP International facilities in Europe and Asia.
At Switch, every team member is motivated to "do the right thing" by our clients. Our non-commission sales teams are genuinely driven to help you achieve the perfect solution for your technology and business needs.
Switch fosters a collaborative environment lead by the dedicated client services team who connect you to other clients. They are driven to help you build the perfect solution for your enterprise.
“I just wanted to reiterate my comments about what a pleasure it has been working with the Switch team. In particular Lesley McVay and Glen Spangler have been phenomenal. They continue to meet or beat their commitments, are very responsive and have helped to keep our project on-track.
But that’s not all, while I don’t know all the NOC and Security folks, from what little I have seen and heard they too are helpful, friendly and all about customer service; you can ‘feel’ it in the way they respond and their willingness to help you get your work done.
Kudos to Team Switch!!!!”
– Amgen, 60 cabinets
Switch data centers meet and exceed Tier IV standards in all categories. Switch was the first and only carrier-neutral multi-tenant/colocation facility to be certified Tier IV Gold in Operations by the Uptime Institute; and certified Tier IV in both Design and Facility categories, which definitively established Switch’s technology leadership.
While achieving Tier IV Gold is a great achievement, Switch continues the pursuit of building the perfect data center, and in doing so, has raised the bar beyond current industry standards. Many view the tier methodology as routinely misused and widely misunderstood; whether implemented by the Uptime Institute or the data center industry at large. The value of any standard requires transparency and disciplined adherence; elements omitted from the current tier metric.
Switch views the tier rating system as imperfect and insufficient to evaluate todays' increasingly dynamic data center ecosystems. For example, Uptime's standards lack metrics for physical security and internet connectivity – areas critical to any mission critical data center.
Switch's data center and telecommunication technology and services are praised as Tier “Elite” – above and beyond the current tier approach, making Switch the world's first Tier 5 data center.
"Thank you to the Switch team for the awesome job caring for our large delivery. Our first impression of SUPERNAP has been great."
– CafePress, 20 cabinets
By building super scale data centers, Switch hosts a powerful, collaborative technology ecosystem made of more than 1000 clients and over 100 cloud and managed service providers. Switch clients get direct access to technology and cloud services without needing to leave the data center.
Clients can also take advantage of Switch CONNECT – the world's most powerful telecom purchasing cooperative, and Switch SAFE – the scalable D/DoS attack mitigation platform.
As more people and devices consume networked services, the need for these infrastructures to be highly available increases dramatically. Switch SUPERLOOP enables you to host critical IT infrastructure on the world’s largest active/active data center ecosystem.
SUPERLOOP was built by Switch to connect our multi-billion dollar colocation ecosystems together with 7ms of latency and massive scale. The fiber network also serves Nevada’s schools and rural communities with hundreds of Gbps of capacity and wholesale pricing.
Switch builds the world’s largest data centers and collaborative ecosystems – and as result, clients have access to economies of scale that are unmatched in the industry. Our clients can run IT infrastructure in data centers that exceed Tier IV standards without paying a premium price. Every day as a client, you could save thousands of dollars in overall data center expenses when you combine multi-tenant/colocation with Switch CONNECT.
Switch’s superscale data centers are future proof in both space, power and cooling. Even your most demanding workloads have room to grow with your business.
Switch was founded on a principle of karma: putting good energy out into the world and getting good energy back. As Switch builds more data centers to respond to the rapid growth of the Internet, we work to ensure that the surrounding communities, economies and the planet also benefit.
Since January 1, 2016, Switch data centers in the United States run on 100% renewable energy. Our efforts were recognized by Greenpeace in its Clicking Clean Report where Switch scored the highest for any class of company and was honored as the definitive leader among colocation operators. Switch’s sustainability initiative is built on the foundation of Rob Roy’s highly-efficient, forward-thinking data center designs.
Rob Roy’s Innevation Centers are driven by his passion for improving surrounding economies and communities. Rob Roy is “paying forward” the success of Switch by helping to empower the next generation of economic leaders, emerging tech companies, global powerhouses, economic developers, educators, students, community stakeholders and universities in an open, collaborative environment.
Rob Roy believes in building better communities and improving local economies through technology, education and economic diversification. By leveraging Switch’s data centers as platforms for economic development, the company fulfills its mission to positively impact the communities surrounding its facilities and the world at large.
“I’m sure you guys have heard this a million times before, but you guys run a top notch organization and I am glad we went with you guys when choosing data centers.”
– Lionsgate, 3 cabinets
“Your facility is truly impressive…best Data Center I’ve ever toured and I’ve been to quite a few around the globe. Really well designed for high density, redundancy, and highly secure.”
– MSCI, 240 cabinets
“Feedback from the McAfee team was very positive as it relates to Switch. Please pass along our thanks for their support before, during, and after the installation.”
– McAfee, 10 cabinets
Thank You Switch
“Thank you, Switch, for being the most awesome data center on the planet! We love you guys!”
– MBS, Inc., 1 cabinet
Switch’s multi-tenant/colocation data centers exceed current industry standards in design, construction and operations such that they are the world's first Tier 5 or Tier “Elite” data centers. These super scale facilities provide clients access to the power of a diverse technology collaboration ecosystem and a dedicated team driven to help clients connect, innovate and develop the technologies of the future.
Switch MOD (Modularly Optimized Design) are Switch manufactured products that make up the modular design of all Switch data centers. There are two modular block sizes of Switch MOD, PRIME (20 MW blocks) and EDGE (1.4 MW blocks), and either one can be scaled to infinity (as long as you can power to infinity).
These single-tenant/enterprise data center products are designed and built with the same high standards as Switch’s multi-tenant/colocation facilities. These scalable, single-tenant enterprise data centers are built for clients to satisfy high-availability, geo-specific requirements and for special applications for the Internet of Absolutely Everything.