What the New Switch Pyramid Means for Your Business


On March 8, 2017, telecom and cloud services giant Switch officially opened its brand new data center in the former Steelcase pyramid in Grand Rapids. The massive, 18-million square foot hub is Switch’s first data center outside its home state of Nevada, and represents the largest and most advanced center of its kind in the entire Eastern United States—a hub not just for West Michigan, but Chicago, New York, Washington, Toronto, and others.

Switch’s data centers provide housing, security, and storage for thousands of telecom service providers, including many companies and services that we represent at TelDesigns. The Switch Pyramid is a Tier IV data center, meaning it offers a complex ecosystem with multiple redundant power sources, storage, distribution facilities, data security platforms, and failsafes, all the way down to building heating and cooling.

But what does that mean for your business? A lot!

A Tier IV data center is so well designed and defended from natural and unnatural disasters that expected uptime meets or exceeds 99.995 percent — in other words, less than 27 minutes of downtime per year. And because this data center is only a few miles down the road rather than halfway across the continent, it can provide those services with almost no latency.

Switch’s new data center means that the telecom and cloud solutions available to your West Michigan business just got even better, faster, and more secure and stable. At TelDesigns, we can help you connect with them. For a free consultation, give us a call at (616) 965-2030.

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