Saturday, November 25, 2017

OVH claims London as Tech City of Europe (despite Brexit) by landing first UK data centre in the capital

Company plays down Brexit fears by setting up a 40,000 server-base in the east side of the capital which also claims not to be covered by the US Patriot Act.

French cloud provider OVH has announced that the first of three UK data centres will be based in East London.

The company, which is going under through one of the largest global data centre expansion roadmaps in the industry today, said it will start accepting pre-orders in the spring of this year.

The data centre is expected to come online in June 2017, joining the company’s 20 hubs already operational spread across the globe.

The 4,000 sqm building in London, to be code named as LCY1, will have capacity to host 40,000 servers.

OVH said the data centre will be commissioned in record time due to the existence of two nearby electrical substation. This will speed infrastructure works as there is no need to invest as heavily as usually it is in the power supply to the facility.

The building has also been fitted, prior to its acquisition, with electrical equipment including transformers, inverters and generators.

The London data centre will generate 20 local jobs and use OVH’s liquid cooling technology to cool down servers bringing down the usage of air conditioning units which could lead to as much as 50% in savings in power consumption, according to OVH.

In a year when Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are expected to start in March, OVH has also played down the negativism around the issue saying: “London remains an important financial centre, and the financial industries are leading the transition to the cloud.”

The cloud provider also said that London is an important startup hub which directly competes with Paris and Frankfurt and pointed to the fact that London is a Tech City.

In a statement, OVH said the installation of the data centre will allow companies in the UK and Ireland to locate their data as close as possible to their users “in the only non-US global cloud player and therefore not subject to the Patriot Act”.


LCY1 will be the company’s first of three planned UK data centres. The other two hubs will provide users with a backup solution with a second site in the outskirts of London and a third geographically far enough to constitute a takeover site outside the failure area of the other two sites.

The news regarding LCY1 come days after the company announced it would be launching its first German data centre in Frankfurt in April.

OVH has previously announced its intention to invest €1.5bn in the expansion of its data centre footprint globally.

In October 2016 the company opened three data centres in Australia, Singapore and Poland. Additional data centres are expected to come online by the end of 2017 in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the Netherlands.

In a recent interview with Data Economy, Octave Kabla, chairman and CTO at OVH, said the company is committed to finish its expansion plan and he is already eyeing the next potential destinations for the company.

In a New Year Tweet to his more than 34,000 followers, Kabla said: “2016 was crazy 🙂 .. 2017 will be faster ! .. and it’s just beginning .. hmmm .. Happy New Year !!! :))”