SWITCHengines

Dynamic Compute and Storage services for research and education

SWITCHengines provides compute and storage services to Swiss academics. Users of participating institutions have on-demand access to create and manage virtual machines and storage. If you are interested in using the infrastructure, be sure to contact us at engines-support@switch.ch

The flexible cloud infrastructe we provide, allow you to build the computing and storage infrastructure for your needs, as you need them and as long as you need them. Resources are billed as they are consumed, so you don't need to invest in hardware and you don't need to maintain, update or decomission it.

This is ideal for dynamic workloads and storage needs, where you need to scale up and down instantly.

Via the end-user portal (https://engines.switch.ch), you are in charge of adding more resources, without going through a lengthy or complicated approval process. Get your account on https://cloud-id.switch.ch.

Find more (technical) information at Documentation and FAQs for SWITCHengines.

Meet other users and our team in the Forum.

Pricing information for Swiss Academia

 

Current as of 1.1.2018

Currently we are invoicing the following items: CPU, RAM, IPv4 Addresses and Storage. Every item costs a certain amount per year. These are the prices for Swiss Academic Institutions. Commercial customers, please inquire for pricing details.

Item Pricing

Item

CHF / day

CHF / month

CHF / year

CPU Core

0.4932

15.00

180.00

RAM (1 GB)

0.2466

7.50

90.00

Disk Storage (1 GB)

0.0011

0.033

0.40

SSD Storage (1 GB)

0.0055

0.167

2.00

Object Store (1 GB)

0.0011

0.033

0.40

IPv4 Address

0.0274

0.83

10.00

Example configurations

Item

CHF / day

CHF / month

CHF / year

Small
(1 CPU, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Disk, 1 IPv4)

0.789

24.00

288.00

Medium
(2 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB Disk, 1 IPv4)

1.529

46.50

558.00

Compute Intensive
(8 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 50 GB Disk, 1 IPv4)

7.97

242.50

2’910.00

High IOPS DB Server
(4 CPU, 32 GB RAM, 200 GB SSD, 1 IPv4)

10.99

334.17

4’010.00

Object Store (5 TB)

5.61

170.67

2’048.00

 

Discounts

We discount the use of SWITCHengines based on the number of Cloud Credits used over the period of a calendar year. The discount is applied on the Q1 invoice of the following year.

Used Cloud Credits in year

Discount in % on yearly total

5’000

5%

10’000

10%

20’000

15%

50’000

20%

 

Invoicing

Invoices are sent out quarterly and will contain the invoice for the SWITCHengines usage of the previous quarter. Usage is counted in 15 minutes increments.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21. February 2018 14:25
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