OVH, one of the largest cloud and web hosting providers in the world, has chosen the inner suburbs of London as the location for its first of three data centers planned for the United Kingdom (UK). This first data center, with a capacity of 40,000 dedicated servers is expected to be operational by the end of May 2017.
The first of the three data centers planned in the United Kingdom will be interconnected to OVH’s Point of Presence (PoP) in London through a double fiber path, creating redundancy. Its proximity to two substations makes it possible to provide a high electrical capacity on site. OVH’s first UK datacenter will cover 4,000 square meters with no colocation space.
Located “less than half a millisecond” from OVH’s Point of Presence (PoP) in London, the facility would benefit from a direct connection to its data centers in Gravelines (then Roubaix and Paris), Amsterdam (then Brussels and Frankfurt), Montreal, and New York, through the fiber network that the OVH group has deployed worldwide to allow the lowest latency possible.
Operational Within 6 Months
OVH’s expertise and end-to-end management of the web hosting chain would have helped the rapid deployment of the data center, as it’s already expected to be operational at the end of May 2017. This is aided by the very nature of the facility that formerly belonged to a telecommunications operator.
The two other data centers that OVH plans to set up in the UK 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 data centers will be interconnected, like the other data centers of the group, through the vRack, a private network developed by OVH to facilitate the deployment of multisite infrastructures.
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 data center. The company states it has already attracted many British customers, including startups like BulbThings – which aims to revolutionize asset management through data mining, and large accounts such as Lineup Systems – a company specializing in online advertising tools, and XTM International – an English leader in translation technologies.
Ambitious Expansion Plans
After announcing the opening of three data centers 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 data centers 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 data centers in 11 countries, across 4 continents, all interconnected through its own network, with a current capacity of 7.5 Tbps.