"Switch has its eyes on the prize with one of its largest projects yet. The Las Vegas based company announced today, plans to build a $1 billion dollar data center that will be three million square feet and located on 1,000 acre plot of land near Reno, Nevada. Switch which already has over a million square feet of data center space in the Las Vegas area, with three existing SuperNAPs and another two buildings under construction will be making it in the record books with this new project. The three million square foot data center located in Reno will be the second largest data center campus in the world. Switch has already built a major cloud computing hub with the three SuperNAPdata centers located in Las Vegas, and with the fourth nearing completion the colocation provider will have nearly 1.5 million square feet of space in Las Vegas. Switch has no plans on slowing down at their Las Vegas SuperNAP locations either, with plans of adding another 200 acres, with up to a million square feet.
Reno is no stranger when it comes to big data, Apple was lured there with a $73 million dollar tax break in 2012 and has since expanded with eight data cluster buildings and an administration building on the 2,220 acre property. Reno is 500 miles from the three existing Las Vegas SuperNAPs, but switch already has plans to add a dedicated fiber loop to allow for connectivity and reliability. ""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. With these plans Governor Brian Sandoval in a ""State of the State""speech on Thursday night said ""This will make Nevada the most digitally connected state in the United States."" E-commerce giant eBay Inc. will be the anchor tenant for the new data center located in Reno. Phase one will feature an 800,000 square foot data center, which is scheduled to open early 2016. The new Reno data center will be designed to achieve an Uptime Institute Tier IV Gold rating, something that has only been achieved by the Switch SuperNAP 8 location in Las Vegas.
Switch doesn't plan on just building in Nevada as they stated early last year, partnering with Accelero and OTMTI to form SuperNAP International. ""The formation of SUPERNAP International will help further drive our client initiatives worldwide by providing enhanced accessibility to SUPERNAP ecosystems,"" said Switch SUPERNAP Founder and CEO Rob Roy. ""Accelero and OTMTI have a successful track record globally of strategic investments and operational management in telecommunications and digital media and are the partners to help make this happen."" On SuperNAP's website they also state that they will be announcing global locations in the first quarter of 2015. We are patiently waiting to hear more."