Compute Services

SWITCHengines is built with OpenStack, the leading Open Source Cloud Orchestration solution. At its core, it allows you to create virtual machines on demand and install and run whatever software you want on it.

KVM guests on Intel based hypervisors. VMs can be sized both in CPU and RAM with preconfigured sizes:

Flavor CPUs RAM Disk Comment / Use Case
Compute Flavors
m1.tiny 1 512MB 1GB Create a large number of these for networking simulations
m1.small 1 2GB 20GB The basic workhorse for (web)servers
m1.medium 2 4GB 40GB Twice the CPU, twice the RAM - useful for medium workloads
m1.large 4 8GB 80GB Run database servers
m1.xlarge 8 16GB 160GB Parallel computing power

Contact us if you have additional needs - we can accomodate many different configurations, specific for you. 

SWITCHengines runs on Intel x86_64 processors and can accomodate any modern operating system. SWITCH provides pre-configured images, that are adapted to our environment. Further information.

  • Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • CentOS
  • Fedora
  • NixOS
  • Windows
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Applicances
  • Zeppelin, Spark
  • RStudio

Thanks to SDN (Software Defined Networking), you can build complex networks for your virtual machines and simulate different networks, segments, routers and more. All virtual machines have unlimited access to the internet. User defined firewalls keep your machines safe.


Build on and use our flexible storage options for large datasets: 

We use the open source software Ceph to create a distributed, fault-tolerant and reliable storage network that spans the datacenters in our cloud. Ceph is self-healing, self-managing and allows us to offer Petabytes of distributed, redundant storage that can be used in a variety of ways. Ceph was built for clouds and can handle failures of disks and storage computers without human intervention and without the users noticing a failure or loosing data. Data is stored across hundreds of disk drives, multiple times per data item and checked for consistency on a regular basis.

Ceph allows us to grow the storage pool virtually unlimited by adding more storage nodes and disks. 

Our object storage allows you to store and retrieve "objects" (which basically can consist of anything - files, data, videos) in our cloud. We provide access via HTTPS and the industry standard S3 protocol (created by Amazon). You can access this object store both from virtual machines inside SWITCHengines or make the data available worldwide.

Your virtual machines can mount block storage of virtually any size. Need a 10 TB volume to store data? Go ahead and configure it, mount it from one of your SWITCHengines virtual machines and use it!


We are hosting your applications in Swiss Datacenters in Zurich and in Lausanne under Swiss Dataprotection jurisdiction.

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Last updated: Sunday, 05. December 2021 02:50
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