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Switch Plans Massive $1 Billion SUPERNAP Data Center in Reno

January 16, 2015

The term “hyper” is used not only to describe people who get overly excited but also in regards to things that are abnormal big.  And, when it comes to building and operating out-sized/hyperscale data centers, few companies can match Las Vegas, NV-based Switch.  An example of just how big is big is the announcement by Neveda Governor Brian Sandoval in his State of the State address that Reno, NV had beaten out Phoenix, AZ to be the home of Switch’s biggest project yet, a $1 billion, 3 million square foot SUPERNAP data center campus on 1,000 acres near Reno, Nevada.

“This will make Nevada the most digitally connected state in the United States,” Sandoval said. He has a point given the massive SUPERNAP 8 in Las Vegas, and the huge Apple installation that is busy expanding in modules in Reno and because of concerns over energy consumption is working on using solar power to ease the burden on the state’s electrical grid.

Along with the revelation of the planned facility, it was also stated that eBay will be the anchor tenant for the SUPERNAP Reno, and that the new center will connect to the main SUPERNAP campus in Las Vegas via a new fiber loop, which will also extend to Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. The new fiber ring network will place 50 million people within 14 milliseconds of data hosted at the SUPERNAPs.

The SUPERNAP project’s first phase will feature an 800,000 square foot data center, and is scheduled to open in early 2016. The Reno data centers will be designed to meet the Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Gold rating for both facility and operations, a standard which Switch says its Las Vegas operations currently meets the rating.

It should also be noted that Switch’s Las Vegas hub includes two hyperscale data centers with a third nearing completion. In fact, when SUPERNAP 9 opens, Switch will have nearly 1.5 million square feet of capacity in Las Vegas. And, there is more on the way as Switch says it will expand its Las Vegas campus by developing facilities on an additional 200 acres of land which could support more than 1 million square feet of new capacity.

 “Offering our clients the ability to locate their infrastructure safely in two cities, over 500 miles apart and yet only 7 milliseconds away is critical for both redundancy and scalability,” said Switch CEO and Founder Rob Roy. “The construction of SUPERNAP Reno will create the need for Switch to expand its Las Vegas footprint and Nevada will remain Switch’s global anchor location.”

It is also of note in terms of the size and scope of Switch that it now says it has  more than 1,000 customers, including more than 40 cloud computing companies and a dense concentration of network carriers and whose customer include eBay, Google, Cisco, VMware and Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Obviously, Nevada is hyper excited about the Switch expansion and the state becoming a major hyperscale data center hub. And, hyper certainly is an apt adjective to describe just how big Switch’s facilities have become. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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