For those of you in Las Vegas Tech that aren’t familiar with Switch, you should know about them and what they have available. Luckily there are a number of Swtich employees that are regularly attending the Las Vegas Jelly events so you can meet them there. Of course, you could also hit up @MissyByte on Twitter and I bet if you make a professional request, she’ll give you a tour of the SuperNap to see some of the really cool things they’re doing with data center, clouds and colocation in Las Vegas. Just wait until after CES since I’m sure Switch is swamped with all the tech people in Las Vegas for CES. Once you get a tour, you’ll see that big internet companies like Google, eBay and HP have presences in Las Vegas in Switch’s data centers.
For those of you less interested in Data Centers (I use to be a data center guy in my past life), you should check out a page on Switch’s website called INNEVATION.com – The “New Nevada” Nexus. At first glance the page probably looks a bit obtuse, but I can tell you there’s been quite a bit of thinking going on behind that page.
Switch isn’t quite ready to give out all the details of INNEVATION and all their plans and aspirations to help out the Vegas Tech movement, but I think they have the potential to do some really good things for Nevada. We’ll have to see all the details once they make their official announcements.
Yes, Switch has been generally kind of quiet in the past. They haven’t been the biggest Las Vegas tech cheerleaders in the past for a number of reasons (some of them likely contractual). However, this recent story in the Economist about Switch and diversifying the Nevada economy might be one indication that Switch is ready to help wave the Las Vegas entrepreneurship and Las Vegas Tech flag. I think Switch will be one of many strong VegasTech and entrepreneurship voices that are emerging. So, keep an eye on what they’re doing.