The SuperNAP is about to become the Super-DuperNAP. The 407,000 square foot Switch SuperNAP in Las Vegas is already one of the world’s largest data centers. But it turns out that the mammoth facility was just a first glimpse of a much larger vision for the future.
Switch just announced plans to build another 1.6 million square feet of mission-critical space on land adjacent to the SuperNAP, creating an immense data center hub spanning more than 2 million square feet. In March the company plans to break ground on the first of a series of additional facilities, each between 200,000 and 500,000 square feet. The expanded campus will be known as SuperNAP-West.
The company envisions a 500-megawatt Las Vegas campus that will house 31,000 cabinets of servers upon its completion, supported by 200,000 tons of cooling. In an era when data center projects are getting bigger and bigger, the Switch expansion would be the largest single-company campus yet.
Switch CEO Rob Roy said the scope of the project reflects the emergence of cloud computing, which is driving “unprecedented demand” from major technology companies seeking large amounts of data center space. “The client needs that are coming to us are moving to this huge scale,” said Roy. “Cloud changes the entire business model.”
Zumasys has been a tenant of the SuperNAP data center for 2 years and just announced plans to make it a second production site for it’s hosted customers.