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23/12/2016
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Report written by Hugo Bonnaffé


OVH to open its first UK datacentre


OVH, the European cloud leader, has chosen the inner suburbs of London as the location for its first of three datacentres planned for the United Kingdom. This first datacentre, with a capacity of 40,000 servers is expected to be operational by the end of May 2017.
The first of the three datacentres planned in the United Kingdom will be interconnected to OVH’s point of presence in London through a double fibre path, creating redundancy. Its proximity to two substations makes it possible to provide a high-electrical capacity on site.





An operational datacentre in 6 months


OVH’s first UK datacentre will cover 4,000 square metres with no colocation space. True to its values of agility, the European cloud leader expects the datacentre to be operational at the end of May 2017, first through its “Discover OVH” offers, then through its entire catalogue.

OVH’s expertise and end-to-end management of the web hosting chain has helped the rapid deployment of the datacentre. This is aided by the very nature of the facility that formerly belonged to a telecommunications operator.



Three datacentres in the United Kingdom


The two other datacentres that OVH plans to set up in the United Kingdom will provide users with a backup solution: a second site on the outskirts of London, and a third one that is sufficiently remote to be a recovery site outside the failure domain of the two other sites. These three datacentres will be interconnected, like the other datacentres of the group, through the vRack, a private network developed by OVH to facilitate the deployment of multisite infrastructures.

Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business, said: "With access to world class tech talent and infrastructure, London is a leading hub for European technology companies. OVH's decision to open its first UK datacentre in London offers further proof that London remains open to investment, talent and innovation from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming more innovative technology businesses such as OVH to London."

OVH has had a presence in the UK since 2007, via a subsidiary based in London, and is located a few kilometers from the future datacentre. The company has already attracted many British customers, including startups (like BulbThings, which aims to revolutionise asset management through data mining), and large accounts (such as LineUp Systems, a company that specialises in online advertising tools, and XTM International, an English leader in translation technologies).



An ambitious expansion plan


After announcing the opening of three datacentres in Australia, Singapore, and Poland last October, OVH is continuing to invest in Europe. In order to fund its global expansion project, OVH completed a capital increase of €250 million with two investment funds, KKR and TowerBrook in 2016. The company also announced a €1.5 billion investment plan over 5 years. This will cover the construction of several additional datacentres by the end of 2017 in the United States, Italy, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and in Germany, where OVH has just acquired its first site near its PoP of Frankfurt.
At the end of its deployment plan, OVH will offer its customers—more than 1 million today—a choice of datacentres in 11 countries, across 4 continents, all interconnected through its own network, with a current capacity of 10 Tbps.