Switch TAHOE RENO Now Open: Largest, Most Advanced Data Center Campus in the World

The superscale TAHOE RENO 1 data center in Northern Nevada is the world’s largest colocation facility


RENO, Nev. — Switch, a globally recognized leader in future-proof data center design, superscale cloud, unparalleled telecom gateways and energy sustainability, today announced the opening of the largest, most advanced data center campus in the world – also known as The Citadel Campus. It is designed for up to 7.2 million square feet of data center space and up to 650 megawatts (MW) of power.

The 2,000 acre campus, located in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center next to the Tesla Gigafactory, is powered by 100-percent renewable energy, cementing Switch’s deep commitment to industry-leading green energy.

Greenpeace scores Switch among the highest for any class of company and the definitive leader among colocation operators according to its Clicking Clean report. This report shows the choices and the progress made by internet companies towards building a “green internet.” Switch is the only company with a 100-percent Clean Energy Index and the only one to earn all A grades in the Greenpeace Scorecard, demonstrating Switch’s leadership in:

  • Energy transparency
  • Renewable energy commitment & siting policy
  • Energy efficiency & mitigation
  • Renewable procurement
  • Advocacy

TAHOE RENO 1, the first data center at Switch TAHOE RENO, sets a new level for scale as the single largest colocation data center facility on the planet, encompassing up to 1.3 million square feet and up to 130 MW of power capacity. Like all Switch data centers, TAHOE RENO 1 is designed to accommodate future-proof, high-density deployments, high-performance workloads and always-on applications across a wide spectrum of industries and technical requirements.

All Switch TAHOE RENO data centers are designed and built to the advanced standards of the world-renown Tier IV Gold-rated Switch LAS VEGAS multi-tenant data centers. Based on more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims developed by founder and CEO Rob Roy, Switch data centers continue to exceed all industry standards.

Surrounded by a 20-foot-high, solid concrete wall, The Citadel Campus in Tahoe Reno is a technology fortress that is unsurpassed for security, reliability, connectivity, and energy sustainability.

“Switch TAHOE RENO fulfills the vision of Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy to create the largest data center ecosystem in the world for our customers’ mission-critical workloads,” said Switch Executive Vice President of Strategy, Adam Kramer. “This data center building and campus represents unlimited possibilities for our clients because of its massive scale for power, space, and connectivity.”

The Switch TAHOE RENO data centers are connected to the Switch SUPERLOOP, a 500-mile, multi-terabyte fiber optic network that provides active/active connectivity to San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as the company’s 2.5 million square feet of data center space located in Las Vegas. This enables clients to build resilient, always-on IT infrastructures to support continuous business operations. The route through Nevada, coupled with the complete SUPERLOOP pathway through the State of California, delivers the most direct and diverse path for data to reach its destination with the lowest latency connectivity, at 4 and 7 milliseconds respectively. The SUPERLOOP allows Switch’s more than 1,000 clients to deploy a low-risk, low network latency IT infrastructure for mission-critical workloads. In addition, SUPERLOOP connects Switch’s clients to more than 40 million people through fiber optic communication to California’s Bay Area and the Los Angeles metropolitan area in sub-10 milliseconds.

“Our clients’ mission-critical applications demand network redundancy, low latency and geo-diversity,” said Switch Executive Vice President of Connectivity, Chris Donnelly. “The direct fiber connectivity services provided over the Switch SUPERLOOP were designed and constructed to support next-generation, always-on applications with stringent service level agreements at wholesale price points.”

Switch customers value the company’s reputation and track record for operating the most reliable and secure data centers in the world.

“When evaluating where to place our most important patient and medical data, we knew we had to have mission-critical delivery of security, the best reliability and 100-percent uptime. That is exactly what Switch is delivering at their data center in Tahoe Reno,” said President and CEO of Renown Health, Dr. Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH. “There is nothing more important for us than the security and accessibility of the data that the Switch ecosystem ensures is safe and available 24x7x365. Also, to be in an ecosystem that is powered by 100-percent renewable energy embraces our own commitment to a healthier planet.”

Switch TAHOE RENO data centers are designed to include:

  • Up to 7.2 million square feet of data center space designed and built to exceed Tier IV standards
  • Up to 650 MW of power using 100% renewable energy at a volume price of 4.9 cents per kWh
  • 10Gbps circuits at 4-millisecond latency to Silicon Valley/San Francisco via the Switch SUPERLOOP at $950 per month
  • 9-millisecond connection to Los Angeles via the Switch SUPERLOOP
  • Dedicated 7-millisecond fiber links to The Core Campus in Las Vegas via the Switch SUPERLOOP
  • Proprietary tri-redundant UPS power system
  • Up to 42 kilowatts of power per cabinet
  • Patented Switch SHIELD: dual independent roof decks rated to withstand 200 mph winds
  • 24/7/365 on-site network operations center (NOC), fire, safety and security
  • On-site, on-net member resources including offices and conference spaces
  • Switch CONNECT – the $4+ trillion global telecom purchasing cooperative with over 50 carriers
  • Access to Switch SAFE – the most scalable, always-on D/DoS attack mitigation platform
  • Access to the Switch CLOUD ecosystem with over 100 cloud and managed service providers