Northern Nevada is about to get a great gift all wrapped up in red, shiny metal sitting inside a citadel on a plot of land at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
For anyone who has been paying attention to the developments at the TRI Center, it would be no surprise another world class operation is opening its doors at one of the world’s the largest industrial centers, currently home to companies like Tesla, Ebay and Zulily.
In 2017, the wrappings will be taken off the latest high-tech operation at the immense industrial park as Switch christens its newest campus, and the first SUPERNAP facility of a planned 6,487,241 square feet of colocation datacenter space. Like any special gift this is no run-of-the-mill package. Switch datacenters are built with innovative designs and are operationally managed so well they are the only colocation datacenters to receive the Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Gold Certification, essentially eliminating risks for its client’s critical systems and data. Furthermore, these facilities will run on 100 percent renewable energy resources.
Last week we completed the installation of the first phase of our infrastructure in the Switch SUPERNAP and are now Switch’s first local partner with the access and expertise to begin client colocation services. As part of our partnership, we toured the massive center and learned how Switch has combined engineering expertise with operational excellence to attract many of the world’s most successful organizations across every conceivable area of business, government and education.
Colocation datacenters are essentially computer server and IT infrastructure hosting facilities not dedicated to any single organization. In the case of Switch, they have built some of the most efficient datacenters in the world. Led by their founder, Rob Roy, and a bevy of patented technologies, these are extremely energy efficient and power resilient designs that allow for very dense system hosting. From a physical security standpoint, you might think you are entering a high security military facility, and based on their clientele, that is a good thing and a necessary requirement.
It is no accident Switch chose Southern and Northern Nevada as sites for over 8 million square feet of space. With the proximity to California’s tech heavy economy and Nevada’s extremely low disaster rating, Switch has designed a fully geographically redundant ecosystem connected by their SUPERLOOP infrastructure for high-speed access to Southern and Northern California.
When I say Switch is a gift to Nevada I mean that in so many ways, as their founder, Rob Roy, is doing so much to contribute to economic diversification and technology leadership. As a corporate and community partner, Switch is investing in education, philanthropy and the arts. Their Innevation Centers in Las Vegas and Reno are donated to the community and serve as a hub for enabling the education and cultural change that economic diversity requires. And finally, the scale of these datacenters and the clientele they are attracting is helping to put Nevada on the map as a technology-centric and business-friendly state.
For more information on the company, visit their website at switch.com and stay tuned as we announce future events, tours and programs to show you how your business can benefit from our partnership with Switch.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc. of Reno, can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or email@example.com.