The Reuben Brothers are owners of Global Switch the leading large scale, carrier neutral data centre provider in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Established in 1998, the company has held an unrivalled track record in delivering best-in-class data centre solutions. Global Switch is a strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre capacity offering scalability and a high level service. Global Switch’s customers are global to national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and other hosting businesses.

In 2011, Global Switch received an investment grade credit rating from Moody’s and Fitch, and also completed its inaugural €600m bond issuance which was six times oversubscribed, with investors reacting very positively to Global Switch’s business model based on high quality customers, robust cash flow and strong management team. In 2013, Standard & Poor’s assigned a BBB credit rating to Global Switch and the company completed two further bond transactions in Sterling and Australian Dollars, raising an equivalent total of £405m.

At a Glance:

  • Nine world class data centres in key markets: seven are located in Europe – in London (two), Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris (two) and Madrid – with data centres in Sydney and Singapore serving the Asia Pacific market
  • 3.1m sq ft (290,000 sq m) of gross area across the portfolio
  • All data centres are owned or on long term leases – independently valued by CBRE at £3.8 billion as at 31 March 2013
  • Investment grade credit ratings received from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s
  • Unrivalled power with multiple layers of redundancy
  • Network dense, low latency environments
  • State of the art security and monitoring systems in place 24/7/365
  • Data centres are operated to a Tier III+ standard
  • Better than 99.999% historical uptime reliability across the portfolio
  • Customer base includes many of the world’s leading companies, diversified by both industry and geography
  • Strong management team with significant industry experience
  • Best-in-class operating procedures and practices


On-going Developments

The data centre industry has experienced significant growth in recent years and continues to experience considerable demand for space due to a number of factors including: the growth of the internet, rising numbers of users who are expecting more on demand information and richer content; the increase of cloud computing technology; the continued growth of outsourcing, and the on-going introduction of regulation and legislation around the storage of data.

Global Switch is part way through a significant global expansion plan which started with an extension of its Singapore data centre in 2010 and the building of a second data centre on its Paris campus in 2012. Further developments are also underway in both existing and new markets including:


Global Switch is planning to expand its existing Amsterdam data centre by a further 25,400 sq m (275,000 sq ft) which will increase the overall size to 64,000 sq m (690,000 sq ft) with 100 MW of onsite power generation from two diverse 50kV high voltage feeders. Stage 1 of the planned expansion was pre-let and became operational in early 2014.

Hong Kong

Global Switch has acquired a site on the Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate in Hong Kong to build a Tier III+ data centre which marks the company’s entry to the Hong Kong market. Once built the data centre will offer 35,000 sq m (375,000 sq ft) gross space with 45 MW of utility power and have best-in-class environmental credentials targeting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating.


With full planning approval, Global Switch is in the final detailed design phase to build a best-in-class fully-fitted data centre in Singapore. The 25,000 sq m (270,000 sq ft) new data centre will be located in Woodlands, a suburb in the northern part of Singapore, approximately 15km from the existing 26,500 sq m (285,000 sq ft) Global Switch data centre in Tai Seng Avenue. The new data centre will have access to two independent utility HV power feeds and will be a leading example of an environmentally sustainable data centre.


Global Switch is currently in the construction phase of a second data centre (Sydney East). The 26,000 sq m (280,000 sq ft) building will be adjacent to Global Switch’s existing data centre (Sydney West) creating a campus of around 65,000 sq m (700,000 sq ft) of floor space. It will have best-in-class environmental credentials and will target a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating. With pre-commitments secured, Stage 1 of Sydney East is on target to become operational mid-2014.

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