SWITCHengines for education

Are you a lecturer or responsible for the education department at a university who is looking for easy-to-use compute and storage resources? Do you want to focus on your teaching and not on procuring, installing, maintaining and recycling “under-the-desk” hardware? Or do you want to offer students the possibility to use compute resources in your classes without the hassle of setting up and maintaining computer rooms or providing mobile devices yourself?

Then SWITCHengines can offer you the following benefits:

  • Giving access to VMs to a large number of students for interactive use at well defined times and costs
  • Simple administration and automated setup of a large number of students and/or VMs
  • Adaptive usage and charging model with no up-front investment
  • Cost limiting options for all resources used by students.

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 you are entitled to a special discount for education use in the above form.


"So today we need rather a lot of computing power. These compute tools need to be set up quickly and should easily and flexibly adapt to our changing requirements. And … our institution should approve the tools."

Tara Andrews, Professor of Digital Humanities

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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