New OVHcloud Data Centre in Sydney Powered by Liquid Cooling

European cloud leader OVHcloud launches third data centre in Australia, powered by liquid cooling, to meet cloud compute demand in a sustainable way

OVHcloud has opened a new data centre in Sydney to meet increasing demands for compute cloud solutions across the region.

Powered by the latest water cooling technology, the company is seeking to meet the rising need for cloud services in a more sustainable way. This is OVHcloud’s third data centre in the city and comes in the wake of its recent openings in India and Singapore over the past 14 months.

The Sydney expansion in particular forms part of a network of six data centres across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Together, each facility is designed to offer open, trusted and sovereign cloud solutions for businesses looking to expand across the region.

The company is also expanding across Europe as it explores artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies to optimise data centre operations - all with sustainability in mind.

Liquid cooling to fuel sustainable innovation

As 5G, edge computing and generative AI (Gen AI) technologies continue to explode in popularity, the demand for high performance computing (HPC) has never been higher. As a result, as CEO of OVHcloud Michel Paulin explains, many organisations are struggling to meet demand whilst remaining sustainable.

“As a pioneer in water cooling technology for more than 20 years, we are confident in our ability to assist organisations in powering their businesses, and their ESG goals as well,” he highlights.

The new data centre aims to sustainably meet these growing demands, particularly as the global cloud services market is expected to reach US$2.5tn by 2031. Proprietary water cooling technology will be deployed alongside cloud infrastructure that is optimised for mission-critical workloads.

OVHcloud’s high-performance servers, launched for the first time in Australia, are powered by the latest AMD and Intel processors. These will operate at the new data centre to offer even more compute power and make HPC workloads more accessible.

New sustainable data centre features:
  • New water cooling technology with cloud infrastructure optimised for mission-critical workloads
  • An integrated water cooling system
  • OVHcloud’s high-performance Scale dedicated servers

The new data centre also features an integrated water cooling system built into a vertical rack. This is designed to facilitate cooling at the server level and eliminate the need for air conditioning in server rooms.

Likewise, the design will enable precise and efficient cooling, reducing cost and environmental impact as a result.

These advancements have powered OVHcloud to achieve exceptional sustainability metrics, boasting a PUE as low as 1.29 and a WUE (Water Usage Effectiveness) of 0.30l/kWh, both significantly lower than the industry average. 

Additionally, OVHcloud has established an integrated industrial model with a CUE (Carbon Usage Effectiveness) of 0.18 - which the group claims is as a result of it manufacturing its own racks and servers.

“We are excited to bring our latest data centre technology to Sydney, which deploys water cooling at scale and enables a sustainable cloud by design,” says Terry Maiolo, Vice President and General Manager, APAC at OVHcloud. “With Australia as one of the most densely served economies by data centres per capita, this marks a pivotal development for Australian businesses as more organisations consider the sustainability of data centres on their radar.”

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