OVH World Tour #2, Chapter 1/29
After meeting more than 4,000 customers during the first OVH World Tour, the OVH group is setting its sights even higher this year with a goal to meet 12,000 people. The hosting company has added some international destinations to its itinerary and enhanced the tour's content: it promises to be more technical, more oriented towards professionals and equally more accessible to beginners. On 26 January, nearly 400 visitors went to Lille to see what was in store for the OVH World Tour the second time round.
Based on a tried-and-tested formula, the day was split into two: the morning was dedicated to announcements made mainly by by Laurent Allard, the group's new CEO, and Alexandre Morel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing; and the afternoon was more technical, offering visitors real use cases and the possibility to test certain products.
The stadium was packed out on the morning of 26 February, and any visitors who couldn't get a seat were able to watch the plenary keynote on one of 4 screens. Laurent Allard, the group's CEO, got up on stage, followed by Alexandre Morel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. They spoke about the group's local and global - or "glocal" - ambitions, newly released products and services and the roadmap of future innovations. The morning was jam-packed with announcements! In keeping with last year's tour, the event put two local companies in the spotlight - Giroptic and Vodkaster - to talk about their projects and infrastructures which are based on OVH solutions. Lastly, three of OVH's technical partners - Microsoft, Intel and VMware - announced that, among other things, Microsoft Office 365 is coming to OVH, OVH and Intel are collaborating to accelerate Big Data and the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) - a distribution both packaged and supported by VMware - will soon be available.
A focus on reality
In the afternoon, around twenty OVH experts ran 17 labs and workshops. As a step-up from the previous OVH Summit, the labs now offer visitors the possibility to test live products, with the assistance of the OVH experts. Visitors at the World Tour in Lille could therefore test out the vRack and learn about the Dedicated Cloud environment and how to deploy one. On the programme for the 15 workshops: an overview of connected objects (Internet of Things), getting started with Docker and using a multi-datacentre. These business-oriented conferences were hugely successful.
The world tour has kicked off
There were many representatives from the subsidiaries in Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany, etc. at the World Tour in Lille. It's important to say that this year the specialist cloud and dedicated infrastructure teams will be visiting no less than 28 cities in 10 countries. Manchester, Rennes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Quebec and Boston are a handful of the new cities, while Belgium and Morocco have been added to the list of OVH World Tour countries.
Some dates have already been confirmed, including Montpellier on 3 April, Toronto on 23 April, Madrid on 28 April, New York on 14 May, Brussels on 21 May, Berlin on 25 June, Barcelona on 26 November and London on 3 December.
The OVH World Tour in Lille in pictures