GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the global technology infrastructure corporation that is powering the future of the connected world®, today announced that it has signed a large colocation deal with Consumers Energy (NYSE: CMS), officially selling out 90 percent of the second sector of the Switch PYRAMID data center ahead of schedule. Work has already begun on the build-out of the next sector of the Pyramid data center.
Over the last three years, Switch and Consumers Energy have developed a strong partnership. Consumers Energy provides 100% renewable energy to Switch's Pyramid Campus, and now Consumers Energy is housing their mission-critical data in Switch's Tier 5® Platinum data center ecosystem, the most advanced, secure and highest-rated in the Eastern United States.
"Like Switch, Consumers Energy has made a commitment to the planet and to Michigan. This new agreement with Switch keeps our dollars in Michigan as we work to power our IT infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy," said Consumers Energy's senior vice president for customer experience and technology Brian Rich. "We have been pleased to work with Switch, first to develop a new program that powers Switch with renewable energy, and now to be a client at the Switch PYRAMID."
The growing relationship with Consumers Energy is a reflection of the strong demand from a variety of customers, including government, enterprise and cloud at The Pyramid Campus, one of The Switch PRIME™ data center locations in the United States. Switch GRAND RAPIDS serves as a PRIME hub for Chicago, New York and the rest of the Northeastern United States. The Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids also offers 0% sales/use tax and 0% business personal property tax for Switch's clients.
"Consumers Energy's selection of Switch's Pyramid Campus to house its mission-critical data demonstrates their need to be operating in a data center environment that provides unparalleled security, resiliency and 100-percent uptime," said Switch executive vice president of strategy Adam Kramer. "We are pleased to welcome Consumers Energy to the growing technology ecosystem at The Switch PYRAMID."
POWERING THE FUTURE OF THE CONNECTED WORLD®
Switch (NYSE: SWCH) the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the internet. Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company's world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.
The Switch PRIMES located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia are the world's highest-rated hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. The Switch PRIMES are located in the most cost-effective area of each North American zone based on power, connectivity, taxes, cost of living and lower risk of natural disasters. Visit switch.com for more information.
ABOUT Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy is creating a sustainable future by focusing on the environment, powering Michigan's economy and investing in people.
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