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 “unter-the-desk” hardware? Or do you want to do 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

SWITCHengines for geodata4edu.ch


SWITCHengines for bioinformatics


SWITCHengines for Compute Based Research and Teaching


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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Admin UI

For SWITCHengines coordinators at the institutions


Find more (technical) information at our Documentation and FAQ and the technical Blog.