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January 6, 2017

OVH opens first of three new UK data centres

OVH has plans to open two other data centres in the UK.

By Hannah Williams

European cloud provider, OVH, has opened its first UK data centre in London, the first of three planned data centres for the UK region.

With a capacity of 40,000 servers, it will cover a total of 4,000 square metres excluding colocation space. It will be interconnected to the company’s point of presence in London through a double fibre path, creating redundancy.

OVH, which has had a presence within the UK since 2007 due its subsidiary based in London, provides expertise and end-to-end management of the web hosting chain, which has helped in its rapid deployment of the data centre that is expected to launch in May 2017.

The facility includes direct connection to other OVH data centres in Gravelines, Roubaix, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Montreal and New York. This is through the fibre network deployed by the OVH group, which is deployed to enable the lowest latency possible.

OVHRajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business said: “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.”

Its two other data centres that the company plans to have located in the UK will provide users with a backup solution, which will see one on the outskirts of London and a third that is to be a recovery site outside of the failure domain of the two other sites.

All three data centres will be interconnected through the vRack, a private network developed by OVH to facilitate the deployment of multisite infrastructures.

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The company also revealed plans of €1.5 billion investment over five years to cover the construction of additional data centres in the United States, Italy, Spain, UK, Netherlands and Germany.

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