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OVH to open first of three UK data centres

Fri 6 Jan 2017

In a vote of post-Brexit confidence, French cloud provider OVH has announced it is set to break into the UK data centre market, selecting the inner suburbs of London for its first of three facilities planned for development in the country.

The first data centre will provide a total capacity of 40,000 servers and is expected to be operational by the end of May this year. Services will be offered firstly through the company’s Discover OVH platform, before rolling out through its entire catalogue.

According to the official press release, the data centre will cover 4,000 square metres with no colocation space.

The new centre will be connected to OVH’s point of presence (PoP) in London via a double fibre path, ensuring redundancy. It will also be located in close proximity to two electrical substations in order to provide high electrical capacity on the site.

The facility will benefit from direct connection to OVH data centres in Gravelines, Amsterdam, Montreal and New York through the OVH’s international fibre network.

Of the two additional data centre sites in the UK, one will be located on the outskirts of London, while the other will be in a more remote setting and used as a recovery site outside of the failure domain of the two other centres.

‘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 data centre 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,’ said Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal.

The OVH UK data centres have already attracted interest from British enterprise customers, including startup BulbThings, online advertising firm Lineup Systems, and translation tech company XTM International.

OVH has ambitious plans in Europe as part of its global expansion strategy, to which it has dedicated €1.5 billion over the next five years. This fund is planned to cover the construction of several additional data centres in the U.S., Italy, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany.

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