OVHcloud: Meeting Cloud Demand for a Sustainable Data Centre

Having been integrating innovative water cooling solutions to its data centres since 2003, OVHcloud is also keen to make good on its sustainability commitments (Image: OVHcloud)
Having been integrating innovative water cooling solutions to its data centres since 2003, OVHcloud is also keen to make good on its sustainability commitments (Image: OVHcloud)
Leading cloud provider OVHcloud continually tackles challenges like multi-cloud adoption and customer demand, amid continued global net zero initiatives

During an era of mass digital transformation, there has been a recent rise in multi-cloud adoption that has presented numerous challenges for businesses.

In fact, organisations are currently facing significant operational challenges when it comes to gaining insights from data. When it comes to the data centre, new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are presenting both opportunities and risks when it comes to cloud storage.

With this in mind, we consider the work of leading cloud provider OVHcloud and how it works to meet customer demands whilst making sure that it continues to commit to sustainability.

Keeping up with demand

First founded in France in 1999, OVHcloud is a cloud computing company that offers dedicated servers and a range of digital services. As of 2019, it was the largest hosting provider in Europe and the third largest in the world.

With secure links to OVHcloud Public Cloud, Hosted Private Cloud and dedicated bare-metal servers, businesses working with the company are able to have a foundation with which to create their own sophisticated multi-cloud architecture. Additionally, a dedicated link to its fibre-optic network between data centres provides high availability across all regions and is completely isolated from public internet access.

The company currently holds 1.6 million customers in its cloud. It is keen to continue meeting customer demand, after releasing a report that alludes to the growing prevalence of multi-cloud environments. It states in its findings that two-thirds of organisations see their use of multi-cloud increasing in the next two years, in addition to transitioning towards a multi-cloud environment. 

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As a result of these changes, OVHcloud recently announced that it would be opening its first public cloud ‘Local Zones’ in Spain and Belgium. The company is aiming to deploy cloud capacity within weeks to serve new international locations and meet rising global demands. 

The Local Zones are also designed to bring new options for customers to access OVH Public Cloud services, with low latency and local data residency. They require only modest infrastructure and can effectively host in colocation data centres and require less capital expenditures (CapEx) than a regular data centre - demonstrating how the company continues to maintain a competitive advantage in the industry.

These announcements are part of OVHcloud’s plan to better capture demand for cloud services in existing and new locations. Throughout 2024, the company plans to expand further and open 15 Local Zones in locations across the world.

During a time where data now exists closer to where it is generated or needed, in addition to being accessible via the cloud, customers are starting to become more confident that their data will stay secure in the current digital landscape.

Moving towards climate neutrality

Having been integrating innovative water cooling solutions to its data centres since 2003, OVHcloud is also keen to make good on its sustainability commitments.

Having integrated sustainability into its business model for two decades, OVHcloud is keen to continue optimising the energy use of its servers. As a result, its data centres can operate with no air conditioning and reduce energy consumption.

As the company relies in part on nuclear power, it joined the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact in January 2021 with a pledge to achieve total climate neutrality of data centre sites before 2030.

The company is implementing a range of short, medium and long-term strategies to commit to the NetZero 2030 strategy, which include making improvements to its resource use, renewable energy, customer accountability, the circular economy, sustainable supply and carbon capture strategies.

In particular, by 2025, OVHcloud is aiming to limit its use of carbon energy by utilising renewable alternatives, in addition to ensuring that Scope 1 and 2 are net zero by 2025 and scope 3 by 2030.

Ensuring that the cloud remains sustainable is the key to a digitally transformative future.

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