Las Vegas Colocation Data Center Growth

Las Vegas Data Center

Data center provider Switch announced its latest facility in Las Vegas, which offers 315 megawatts of power and brings its campus capacity up to two million square feet. Switch is now the largest data center in the greater Las Vegas area and is quickly expanding its reach into other markets.

The company is well known for its unique design approach, its fabulous interior decor and its extreme attitude toward security with military-trained, machine gun toting guards that you think would be guarding a recreational dispensary or something. Switch provides large-scale colocation services to internet giants like Hulu, Amazon, eBay and NASA.

The latest data center addition, Las Vegas 10, adds another 350,000 square feet to Switch’s massive presence. The new facility was designed in a similar fashion to the Las Vegas 8 and Las Vegas 9 spaces.

The company said that all of the data center facilities were designed by Rob Roy, who is Switch’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. Everything in the building, including the conference rooms and all of the electrical and mechanical systems, are a result of his unique ideas and forward thinking. Data center design is very important to Switch, which is why it has gone above and beyond what its competitors are doing. Recently, the company launched the Tier 5 Platinum design standard. Tier 5 includes many characteristics that are not yet required by the Uptime Institute, which is the data center design rating system most widely recognized and used around the world.

The company sought and was granted Uptime certification for specific parts of the Las Vegas data centers 8 and 9. Uptime awarded both facilities Tier IV Gold, which is the highest possible rating for the reliability of infrastructure. Switch stated that it would not seek certification from Uptime for any of the Las Vegas colocation data centers it builds in the future. This is because the system Uptime uses does not account for certain factors, such as renewable energy availability and redundancy from network carriers. The company also said that Uptime does not make the effort to stop data center providers from abusing its terminology.

The design Switch has currently put into use is called Modularly Optimized Design (MOD) 250. The modularity model allows for a rapid capacity expansion in a data center by having all infrastructure components pre-built and standardized. Everything can be installed at a moment’s notice.

In February 2018, Switch opened its first data center outside of the Las Vegas Zip Codes. The Citadel Campus near Reno, Nevada, supports up to 130 megawatts of electricity in 1.3 million square feet. One month later, the company announced a Michigan data center, housed inside an old office building. Switch also completed a purchase of land near Atlanta, Georgia, where it plans to build more data centers.

The company is currently exploring international interests by building new data centers in both Thailand and Italy.