SWITCHengines for research

Are you a researcher who is looking for easy-to-use compute and storage resources? Do you want to focus on your research and not on procuring, installing, maintaining and recycling “unter-the-desk” hardware? Or do you want to do faster research on bigger data?


Then SWITCHengines can offer you the following benefits:

  • Fast setup of an infrastructure up to 100’s of compute nodes and/or scalable storage
  • GPUs on demand (in development)
  • Depending on project size – support from SWITCH engineers for optimal configuration of resources
  • Co-created with scientific communities

In addition you get the following advantages:

  • All data protected under Swiss law and located only in Switzerland within the academic community network
  • Full control by the institutions, including a flexible usage and charging model corresponding to the budgeting needs
  • Strong influence on governance via the SWITCH Foundation council
  • Direct backbone connection to the SWITCH network and data transfer as well as ingress/egress at no cost
  • Multi-year charging models with discounts

Please note that as of 1.1.2018 approved projects can charge usage of SWITCHengines resources towards SNF funding. Same applies for Innosuisse projects upon approval of required resources.

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"In our research we ask ourselves how to organize the spatial pattern to ensure e.g. a quality of service public in the future…. (by using) SWITCHengines, we can run our systems optimally and have enough power and performance."

Dirk Engelke, Professor of Spatial Development at HSR

Flexible Teaching and Learning

SWITCHengines enables location-independent teaching of big groups. Students can work on assignments at home and computational power and resources of machines can be adjusted according to the topic discussed in the class.

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Machine Learning

SWITCHengines is particularly useful when much computing power is required for a short time period or when access to the da- ta/programs from different locations is needed...

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Agile Performance

To deal with this vast amount of collected data we have decided to work also with cloud resources like SWITCHengines. With SWITCHengines we can set up a 1000 core cluster within a day, which is very fast...

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Big Datasets

Out of curiosity, I wanted to compare the performance of our local hardware with a virtual environment like SWITCHengines. I expected SWITCHengines to be...

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National Science

We decided to host this service for Swiss researchers and students that deals with Swiss geodata within the academic community in Switzerland. A project like this exceeds the interest of a single institution like the HSR...

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Highend Teaching

We developed a novel and effective solution to bioinformatics training in collaboration with SWITCHengines, which provides the ideal infrastructure for our requirements due to its full “end- to-end” capability...

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Virtual Classroom

SWITCHengines is perfect for us since it is unique in a way that it provides these computing tools directly to the researcher or the research department, has a transparent tariff and provides support for academic researchers...

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Backup Copy to Cloud

To deal with this situation we decided to work with complementa- ry cloud resources instead of setting up our own storage system. With SWITCHengines we can now set up new large-scale storage resources for backups on demand in a second datacenter...

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Storage Solution

For cost reasons and greater flexibility in scaling we wanted to move forward and find a solution that does not depend on enterprise hardware anymore. Also, we wanted to avoid the usual setup of a completely new hardware system...

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Virtual Private Cloud

SWITCHengines is an extension of your existing data center with compute and storage infrastructure of makes is possible to use IP addresses of your own campus network for SWITCHengines VMs: SWITCHengines...

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Choose your model

There are two billing models to choose from:

  • Either resources are billed “as you go”  

  • or we provide multi year volume discounts for longer-term usage, such as for scientific projects or IT-services

For participating institutions, we combine the two models to provide discounts also if an institution uses a certain amount of resources cumulatively.

Pricing information for Swiss Academia

SWITCHengines Pricing Flyer 2019 ( Current as of 1.1.2019)

Currently we are invoicing the following items: CPU, RAM, IPv4 Addresses and Storage, Microsoft software licenses.

  • Konrad Jaggi
    Outreach Manager
    +41 44 268 15 17 konrad.jaggi@switch.ch

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