About the SCALE-UP project

The project SCALE-UP is part of swissuniversities' program "Scientific information".


August 2015 – September 2018


The goal of this project is to create academic cloud services for the SWITCH community and for participants of the projects in the program "Scientific information". Within the strategy of the program, cloud is a core field of action. Therefore, this project supports the strategy to provide basic infrastructure services and the program's corresponding use cases.

SWITCH will create cloud services out of this project jointly with the institutions’ IT services to their members. SWITCH provides the community with a platform that enables them to benefit from each other’s know-how. It aims to create a range of efficient data management tools. Nine project partners from the academic community are working together with SWITCH to develop cloud services for use in big data analysis, distributed computing, statistical data analysis, storage of large data volumes and other areas.

SCALE-UP is the successor to SWITCH's SCALE project and runs from August 2015 to the end of 2017. SCALE, which came to an end in the middle of 2015, developed SWITCHengines to offer virtual machines and storage on a scalable, cost-efficient cloud infrastructure. SWITCHengines is a full service available the Swiss academic community. The SCALE-UP project is building on the success of its predecessor SCALE and intends to benefit from users' experiences by drawing up best practice documentation. This will promote optimal use of the new services in teaching and research. SCALE-UP will also set up a marketplace for future academic services.

Project Partners

  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • Uni St. Gallen, Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik
  • Universität Bern Digital Humanities
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
  • Universität Basel
  • Fachhochschule St.Gallen
  • Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften, ICClab


Representatives in the Cloud Advisory Committee advise SWITCH at the strategic level concerning the development of cloud services. They bring in their requirements to guide the shape of the cloud offerings.

  • University of Bern, Tara Andrews
  • University of St. Gallen, Kai Blanke
  • University of Basel, Michael Brüwer
  • Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Stephan Egli
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Niklaus Lang
  • Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Pénélope Leyland
  • University of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI), Fernando Pedone
  • University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Fribourg (HES-SO//FR), Daniel Plaschy
  • University of Geneva, Jean-François Rossignol

Collaboration with other swissuniversities P-5 projects

We collaborate with other projects in the P-5 program, mainly by providing them SWITCHengines as an infrastructure for their services:




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