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28 July 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Europe’s largest cloud computing firm opens its first UK-based data centre in London.
OVH, a French-owned data company, has more than one
million customers around the world, 22 data centres worldwide
and a bandwidth capacity of 11Tbps.
The new London facility comes as part of OVH’s
€1.5 billion five-year global expansion plan. It hopes to
increase the company’s footprint in Europe and at
the same time is building its global presence. In less than a
year the company has built new data centres in Australia,
Singapore, Poland and most recently Germany. The new facility
in London will be its fifth.
Hiren Parekh, director cloud for EMEA at OVH, commented:
"This marks a significant step forward for OVH in supporting UK
customers with a local dedicated gateway into our worldwide
The new €1.5 billion investment plan
received a €250 million capital increase from the two
investment funds KKR and TowerBrook in 2016.
Although OVH has supported UK businesses with its cloud
services since 2007, it said it believes that the UK is a key
part of that expansion plan. The new data centre in south-east
London provides increased speed, reliability and security for
its UK customer base, reinforcing its commitment to the county
despite all the controversy surrounding Brexit.
"We are offering low latency, guaranteed bandwidth and
enhanced DDoS protection for all of our customers. It is
particularly beneficial for those working in the finance sector
or public services, where hosting data in-country is a key
requirement in order to be compliant with data protection and
governance, and the protection standards of their customers,"
The site of the new London facility was previously owned by
a telecoms operator and it is near two substations, providing
the required high electrical capacity. It is also close
to OVH’s point of presence and is directly
connected to the company’s global network of data
centres. It houses 40,000 servers as well as custom engineered
components such as a water-cooling system.
OVH said that it plans to tap into London’s
tech talent pool to join its new London team. Through its
'Discover OVH’ programme, customers are being
invited to test the new data centre, with plans for its wider
catalogue of products and services to be available by the end
of the year.