“We are excited to conclude this important license, clearing the way for us to incorporate Switch’s innovative hot aisle containment and cooling technologies which will complement Schneider’s product offerings and efficiencies,” said Christopher Hanley, SVP of Data Centre Systems for Schneider Electric. “This announcement further strengthens our long and growing relationship and provides another opportunity for data centre clients to benefit from the combined innovation from Switch and Schneider Electric.”
Schneider has been one of Switch’s leading global suppliers of equipment for Switch MOD facilities for many years. These offerings include Switch’s patented tri-redundant power system, power distribution systems and Power PODs, central to the Switch WDMD and Switch MOD facility designs. Both parties view the license agreement as an opportunity to explore future strategic customer/vendor opportunities.
Rob Roy began inventing Switch’s technology in 2006 and Switch has obtained regular patent allowances from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Rob Roy’s designs since that time. The license covers all issued patent claims for Switch’s 100% Hot Aisle Containment Chimney and Exterior Wall Penetrating Multi-Mode HVAC technology. Switch’s patents have historically been reserved exclusively for Switch’s customers, until Switch began its broader patent licensing programme in 2016. Since then, Switch has begun licensing its technology to others, including to Berkshire Hathaway’s electric utility, NV Energy.