The digital marketplace is growing

Students and staff at Swiss universities can purchase academic and commercial cloud services in their institution’s curated online shop on SWITCHhub. More and more universities are using the new marketplace to purchase services and provide their own solutions.

Text: Sven Stauber, published on 12.02.2021

SWITCHhub is the marketplace for Swiss universities, containing a one-of-a-kind combination of academic and commercial cloud services. Universities can purchase services and make them available to users in their own online shops. SWITCHhub was launched as an official service in January 2021, following a successful pilot phase.

At first, SWITCHhub helped us solve a very specific problem related to the provisioning of Adobe CC licenses. The success of this hands-on experience, coupled with the efficient and uncomplicated support provided by SWITCH, convinced us that SWITCHhub is one way to go to disseminate future digital solutions within the UniFR community.

Dr. Alexandre Gachet, Director of IT Services of the University of Fribourg

Efficient, transparent and cost-effective

Many vendors offer special prices for universities. Nevertheless, it can often be difficult to find the best deal. SWITCHhub makes it easy, as SWITCH negotiates preferential terms, conducts legal reviews and secures cloud service software on behalf of all universities.

Set conditions and keep track of licences

Statistics and reporting tools allow administrators to keep track of how many licences their university holds for which services, and to whom these have been allocated. Online shop administrators can manage their service catalogue to offer different user groups different services at different prices.

More services in the pipeline

We are constantly adding more academic and commercial services to SWITCHhub. Currently, we are working on integrating RStudio and Zoom.


Would you like to purchase or offer services on the SWITCHhub marketplace?
We would be pleased to advise you personally.


About the author
Sven   Stauber

Sven Stauber

Sven joined SWITCH in 2011 as Software Engineer. Later, his focus shifted to project- and product management before joining the division Digital Solutions and Coordination in 2019. Since 2020 he is the team leader of the new Cloud Service Brokerage team which is dedicated to our new service SWITCHhub.

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