This year, the buzzword surrounding OVH’s global expansion strategy is acceleration. Between 2016 and 2020, the group plans to invest 1.5 billion euros in the continued development of its cloud services across the globe. It is therefore entering into a new phase of its “Next Level” strategic plan, which has a target turnover of 1 billion euros over the next three years.
“OVH is the only European cloud company that is competing with global leaders”
Octave Klaba, CEO and Chairman of OVH, set the tone at the opening of the OVH Summit 2017 when he said: “OVH is the only European cloud company that is competing with global leaders”. This statement reflects the development actions that have already been announced by the group: new regions, new datacentres, new solutions, the planned recruitment of 1,000 staff members, and so on.
OVH always aims to provide a customer experience that meets the expectations of the market, and is aware of varying infrastructure and data processing requirements. That’s why it has decided to redefine its offering through three new brands that will become available in the coming weeks:
Octave Klaba also announced a new solution for large groups which will enable them to enjoy all the advantages of the cloud in completely private datacentres that are dedicated to one single customer.
Uniting the key players in the market to offer open, free and secure cloud solutions
A major announcement was also made at the 2017 OVH Summit regarding more open, reversible and interoperable cloud solutions. This initiative will enable organisations to focus on their digital strategies and the development of new services, without worrying about being trapped in silos at a later date.
Over the last few months, various cloud providers have been working to develop cloud service practices and regulations. They follow the principle that companies should be able to focus on their digital strategies and on developing new services without the fear of later discovering technological constraints that trap them in silos.
Today, OVH, along with more than 20 other cloud service providers who are committed to an open cloud, announced the launch of a new initiative: the Open Cloud Foundation. This new international organisation will span across the entire sector (providers, users, research centres, government bodies) and its technological layers (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS/Cognition). Its objectives: to promote technological standards (and establish any standards that are missing), participate in the public dialogue on regulations, and certify providers who conform with the Open Cloud values. These values are based on four key concepts:
The Open Cloud Foundation will develop these practices and support the development of cloud service regulations if necessary. Over the next three months, the Open Cloud Foundation will establish its statutes, its governance and its roadmap for 2018.
The age of the hybrid cloud with adapted solutions and products is finally within reach
The progress that OVH is making towards an open and interoperable cloud is inspired by the expectations of the public and can be seen in each of the group’s innovations. Proof of this is in the announcement made by OVH’s technical directors on some of their leading innovations:
To take the subject of security one step further, OVH announced the arrival of a new authentication level available for all customers worldwide: the YubiKey, based on the FIDO U2F, which was handed out in an exclusive preview during the Summit.
These announcements are in keeping with the path followed by OVH throughout this year in terms of:
OVH intends to standardise all future technology, without exception. It reaffirms its market vision and confirms its commitment to an open cloud that respects both data and customers. From the very beginning, OVH has made the voice of its customers the source of its development. This fifth Summit has put the group’s objectives into perspective like never before and confirms the success of OVH – a group that continues to build itself up as a global leader in cloud services.
OVH is a global provider of hyperscale cloud, which offers businesses a benchmark for value and performance in the sector. Founded in 1999, the group manages and maintains 27 datacentres in 12 sites across 4 continents, deploys its own global fibre optic network, and manages the entire supply chain for web hosting. Running on its own infrastructures, OVH provides simple, powerful tools for businesses, revolutionising the way that more than 1 million customers work across the globe. Respect for individuals’ right to privacy and equal access to new technologies are central to the company’s values. For OVH, “Innovation is Freedom”.
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