Compute Services

Flexible size, flexible numbers of machines, flexible networking - Computing services the way you need them

SWITCHengines is built with OpenStack, the leading Open Source Cloud Orchestration solution. At its core, it allows you to create virtual machines on demand and install and run whatever software you want on it.

Virtual Machines

KVM guests on Intel based hypervisors. VMs can be sized both in CPU and RAM with preconfigured sizes:


Flavor CPUs RAM Disk Comment / Use Case
Compute Flavors
m1.tiny 1 512MB 1GB Create a large number of these for networking simulations
m1.small 1 2GB 20GB The basic workhorse for (web)servers
m1.medium 2 4GB 40GB Twice the CPU, twice the RAM - useful for medium workloads
m1.large 4 8GB 80GB Run database servers
m1.xlarge 8 16GB 160GB Parallel computing power


Contact us if you have additional needs - we can accomodate many different configurations, specific for you.

Operating System Support

SWITCHengines runs on Intel x86_64 processors and can accomodate any modern operating system. SWITCH provides pre-configured images, that are adapted to our environment.

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr"
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus"
  • CentOS 7
  • Debian 8 "Jessie"
  • Fedora 22
  • Windows 2012 R2 (evaluation version)
  • NixOS 16.09
  • Zeppelin and Spark Appliance (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based)
  • RStudio Appliance (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based)

Virtual Networking

Thanks to SDN (Software Defined Networking), you can build complex networks for your virtual machines and simulate different networks, segments, routers and more. All virtual machines have unlimited access to the internet. User defined firewalls keep your machines safe.