The SWITCH Virtual Private Cloud work package is integrating virtual machines into universities’ networks. Initial tests have yielded positive results. This SWITCH story highlights the case of SWITCHengines, a service that provides universities with IT resources on demand. These resources can be used, for example, to perform calculations for research projects or cope with peak loads such as when lots of students are signing up for the next semester. At the same time, SWITCHengines is also independent from universities’ data centres, so it offers additional redundancy. VPC is geared to these two needs of university IT departments.