FedEx signs 10-year data center infrastructure agreement with Switch

Apr 29th, 2019
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Switch (NYSE: SWCH), a global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and telecommunications companies, on Apr. 29 announced that FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has signed a 10-year deal with Switch to serve as FedEx's western U.S. data center. Under the new agreement, Switch will deliver 2.5 MW of 100 percent green power in year one, and up to 8 MW by year ten, for colocation as well as multiple telecom network services.

Per a statement by the companies, "Switch and FedEx are aligned in theirvision for sustainability. Switch's commitment to running its data center campus locations with 100 percent clean energy enhances the FedEx global citizenship initiative to decrease the company's environmental footprint and achieve its sustainability goals."

FedEx also expects to leverage the business incentives of Switch's Nevada data centers -- including low taxes, low cost of power, low cost of connectivity, low cost of living and low natural disaster risk. "Switch's Core Campus in Las Vegas offers capacity to facilitate decades of future enterprise growth and rapid scale requirements," continues the statement.

"Switch provides world class hyperscale data centers for the digital-ready enterprise," comments Rob Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation. "With its ability to sustainably power our digital infrastructure for the next decade, this solution supports our future-forward vision of where technology is headed while significantly reducing our network expense for years to come."

"Welcoming FedEx, the globally-recognized logistics powerhouse, to Switch's client ecosystem represents endless opportunities for collaboration and technology advancement around their rapidly-expanding business portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services," adds Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy. "It is a great honor of ours to make this announcement and marks the beginning of a remarkable relationship with many opportunities to grow in the coming years."

This is not the first collaboration between Switch and FedEx as both companies sponsor FIRST® Robotics, founded by Dean Kamen. Kamen, who also worked with FedEx on the development of the FedEx SameDay Bot, was pleased with the agreement, saying, "It is very exciting that these two amazing technology infrastructure players can come together to achieve superior technology results. And, I look forward to our continued work with both companies on the success of the FIRST Robotics Program."

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