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#EcoEx21: OVHcloud ecosystem shares its values at an international event

Focus on international growth including new data centre in India, technological and operational sovereignty, and testing of immersion cooling prototype for net-zero emissions by 2030

 

Customers, technological, industrial, and commercial partners: November 16-18, 2021, OVHcloud is bringing together nearly 130 players from its ecosystem for a global event.

This event is an opportunity for the communities surrounding the European cloud leader to demonstrate the power of their mobilisation around the same values: respect for freedom, openness, and the ethical and sustainable use of technology. During this international event (Europe, Americas, and Asia-Pacific), users, contributors, experts, and partners will provide their testimonials and expertise throughout more than 50 sessions.

Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud, and Octave Klaba, Founder and President of OVHcloud, will open each day. They will bring together numerous guests, including Laurent Giovachini, Deputy CEO of the Sopra Steria Group; Amita Potnis, Director and Head of Research for the Global Trusted Practice at IDC; Nicolas Helleringer, CTO of Resilience; Ingrid Söllner, Chief Marketing Officer of Thetris; Max Schrems, activist, lawyer, author, and founder of NOYB –the European Centre for Digital Rights. Together, they will discuss the challenges driving the cloud market.

With a recent €350 million capital injection and a market capitalisation of nearly €4 billion, OVHcloud is entering a new phase of its expansion. The success of this operation helped build trust in Europe's leading cloud provider and proved that a robust ecosystem backs them.

Accelerate the Development of New, Value-Based Cloud Solutions

To meet its wide range of customer needs across digital-native companies, public and private organisations, DevOps, and partner resellers, OVHcloud continues to develop its four solution categories: Bare Metal Cloud, Hosted Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Web Cloud, always at a predictable price and with a performance/cost ratio that is unique to the market.

OVHcloud is accelerating the integration of software technologies into its solution portfolio by combining its legacy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) expertise with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. Through its partnerships (such as Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solutions with MongoDB, Aiven, and a collaborative development platform with Platform.sh), R&D (AI Notebooks or AI Training, for example), and its acquisitions (launch of a High-Performance Object Storage offer following the acquisition of OpenIO), OVHcloud intends to support companies' digital transformation, offering them a set of ready-to-use tools. Furthermore, OVHcloud will make a platform of open cloud solutions available for users to adopt and enrich – sharing these solutions for more standards, openness, and reversibility in the PaaS.

OVHcloud guarantees its customers' data sovereignty by allowing them to choose the location of their data, protect them from outside interference, ensure compliance with local regulations, and commit not to exploit this data for the optimisation of its AI models or commercial purposes. The commitment was recently reinforced with the advent of Hosted Private Cloud solutions qualifying for SecNumCloud (ANSSI security visa), which testifies to the highest security and trust standard in Europe, G Cloud in the UK, C5 in Germany, and AGID in Italy.

The next step for OVHcloud is to ensure technological sovereignty for its customers by allowing them to control the underlying technology and thus avoid technical lock-in situations. The interoperability and reversibility of OVHcloud solutions are built in line with recommendations by Gaia-X. During the event, Pierre Gronlier, CTO of Gaia-X will shed light on the initiative's recent progress in implementing a decentralised, open, and sovereign data infrastructure.

Many OVHcloud partners will share their stories on these strategic topics, such as Raghu Raghuram, CEO of VMware; Rob Bissett, Anthos Product Manager at Google Cloud; and Vincent Robert, Partner Project Manager at Platform.sh.

Getting Closer to International Customers, in Compliance with Local Legislation

To serve its customers worldwide, OVHcloud is growing its footprint by expanding existing data centres in Europe and Canada, and opening sites in new regions within the US, India, and Asia-Pacific. All while guaranteeing its customers operational sovereignty because they retain the freedom to choose where their data is stored.

Furthermore, all OVHcloud solutions comply with current legislation, depending on the sector or location: GDPR for personal data, for example, or HDS for healthcare data. Raphaël-David Lasseri, Founder and CEO of Magic Lemp will remind viewers of the importance of this compliance during a session dedicated to healthcare data challenges.

To illustrate the guarantee of data immunity from extraterritorial laws, Cristina Guttuso, Chief Legal Officer of OVHcloud, will be hosting a conference on the new framework for European data transfers.

Offer Support Programs for Joint Success

To support its customers' growth, OVHcloud continues to strengthen and deploy its Partner Program, Startup Program, Marketplace, and Open Trusted Cloud support programs worldwide, based on non-exclusivity of commitment. Mariana Caillaud, Founder and CEO of Dolipharm; Rita Nazarian, Partner Manager of IPaidThat; Roberto Correnti, CTO of Full IP Solutions and many others will share their experiences on the benefits of the programs.

Pursuing a Comprehensive Innovation Policy Geared Towards Sustainability

As an integral part of its DNA, the OVHcloud vertical model is essential for sustainable innovation. The Group is paving the way towards an eco-responsible cloud through its R&D and collaboration with its providers (to aim for a transparent carbon footprint of server components), with players in the cloud market (notably through a shared commitment in the Climate Neutrality Pact for data centres), and with its customers (via the provision of a carbon invoice calculator for their cloud consumption).

To achieve its goal of "zero net emissions" by 2030 and anticipate new use cases requiring very high performance, OVHcloud is now testing an immersion cooling prototype. The concept is unique as it involves combining immersion cooling technology with the water-cooling technology that OVHcloud has been using for nearly 18 years.

Thomas Arenz, Director of Marketing Communications and Strategic Business Development for EMEA at Samsung; Thibaut de La Bouverie, Partner, Cloud Transformation Lead at Deloitte; and Romain Rouvoy, Professor at INRIA, will discuss environmental issues in the cloud at a dedicated session.

Learn more about the Ecosystem Experience 2021.

About OVHcloud

OVHcloud is a global player and Europe’s leading cloud provider operating over 400,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain: from the design of its servers, to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers latest generation solutions combining performance, price predictability and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.