Data center signs deal with utility


Switch's Pyramid Campus stands in Gaines Township. Courtesy Consumers Energy

A new deal will allow a Michigan energy provider to house its data at a data center campus in the area.

Las Vegas-based Switch, a data center company, said today it signed a large colocation deal with Jackson-based Consumers Energy.

Per the agreement, Switch will sell out 90 percent of the “second sector” of its Pyramid Campus data center in Gaines Township ahead of schedule.

The sector, currently under construction, will house Consumers Energy’s “mission-critical” data.

The move by Consumers "demonstrates their need to be operating in a data center environment that provides unparalleled security, resiliency and 100-percent uptime," said Adam Kramer, EVP of strategy, Switch.

Switch and Consumers Energy have developed their partnership over the past three years, with Consumers Energy providing 100-percent renewable energy to the Pyramid Campus.

“This new agreement with Switch keeps our dollars in Michigan, as we work to power our IT infrastructure with 100-percent renewable energy," said Brian Rich, SVP of customer experience and technology, Consumers Energy.

"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."

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