Global Cloud Hosting Provider OVH Unveils Acceleration-as-a-Service

OVH, a global provider of hyperscale cloud hosting, has announced FPGA-based Acceleration-as-a-Service – based on the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel PAC) with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA, and in partnership with Accelize.

Customers will be able to select optimized accelerator functions to accelerate compute-intensive tasks such as search, compression, cryptography, video transcoding, and machine learning. The OVH Acceleration-as-a-Service solution will initially be available in the OVH Public Cloud based on OpenStack, while later on it will be expanded to other OVH Cloud offerings.

ovh cloud acceleration service“OVH is leveraging Intel’s FPGA accelerator solutions to bring the performance and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits of FPGA acceleration to their customers,” said John Sakamoto, Vice President and General Manager, of the Data Center and Communications Division in the Programmable Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. “By utilizing Accelize’s market-specific accelerator functions, OVH’s customers in Europe and North America can quickly deploy FPGA acceleration for a wide variety of data-intensive applications.”

OVH plans to run “Proofs-of-Concept” with key customers in 2017, and to make Acceleration-as-a-Service broadly available in the first quarter of 2018.

This offering would bring a new dimension in terms of speed, cost and flexibility to address the enormous diversity of workloads running in OVH data centers worldwide. “We are constantly seeking solutions offering the highest performance for our customers’ applications,” said Germain Masse, Technical Director, OVH. “We are proud to be at the forefront of FPGA technologies in partnership with Intel and Accelize.”

Founded in 1999, the OVH Group manages and maintains 27 data centers in 12 sites across 4 continents, deploys its own global fiber optic network, and manages the entire supply chain for cloud and web hosting.