Thursday, November 23, 2017

OVH Summit 2016: The ultimate 5 announcements you need to know

With a €1.5bn investment plan set to be finished by 2021/22, OVH had a lot to say to their partners, customers and the industry in general.

As OVH sets sail for a fierce global expansion, the company and its partners and customers descended to Paris, France, for the annual OVH Summit.

From a CEO and a CTO playing AC/DC on stage, to ten trips around the world offered through tickets hidden under ten lucky audience chairs, the event was full-on on announcements and contrasting industry views.

Data Economy lists the top five key points from the event that got over 2,000 people #Together.


3 data centres launched, 7 more on their way

The main announcement at this year’s event was the launch of three data centres and the announcement of seven others.

CTO Octave Kabla took to the stage to announce the opening of hubs in Warsaw (WaW), Singapore (SNG) and Sydney (SYD), expanding the company’s footprint from Virginia, US to Australia.

OVH relies on its own global network with a capacity of 7.3 Tbps to guarantee optimal latency and security. The company also has a fleet of 32 points of presence (PoP) worldwide.

In addition to the three data centres launched at the Paris event, Kabla lifted the veil on seven other facilities.

The United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and the Netherlands will all see OVH opening a hub in their homeland.

At the close of 2016, the data centre in Virginia, US, will come online. Announcements concerning the west coast are planned for early 2017.

As for Germany and England, work is underway on facilities located near Frankfurt and London. The first commercial offers are expected for May 2017.

The prospecting phase continues in Spain and Italy, while opening a datacenter in the Netherlands is scheduled for the end of 2017.

OVH has today 20 data centres worldwide. By the end of 2017 this will increase to 27 hubs.


New private cloud with VMware-as-a-Service

Taking on board the market demand for private cloud services and VMware’s business, OVH launched Private Cloud which proposes two types of offers, “Dedicated Cloud” and “SDDC” (Software Defined Data Centre) to respond to new expectations of users in terms of hardware configurations and “Cloud” integration for their “as a service” needs.

The Dedicated Cloud version has been designed to be used as a starting point for a hosted vSphere + vCenter as a service and delivered as a turnkey solution.

It includes AMD Hosts, NFS datastores and VXLAN technology to interconnect its VMs in private networks.

As for the SDDC offering, this combines the integration of VMware technology with NSX and VSAN and Software Defined Compute, Network and Storage blocks.

Made up of INTEL Hosts, NFS datastores or VSAN All Flash Hosts and the NSX solution included by default, SDDC is tailored for massive requests, and especially very large databases.

Hardware is also high performance with a complementary catalogue of customizable INTEL Hosts, according to the company.


Cloud Desktop for mobile working

OVH’s virtual desktop was originally announced in September 2016, however, only now the company unveiled more details about the solution.

CTO Kabla announced that that solution is aimed as much at users of traditional office suites as it is at data analysts and Big Data, HPC or 3D professionals.

Bulking the suite, Kabla announced that Cloud Desktop has been enhanced to give users access to their own customised work environments including their tools, data, applications, shortcuts, configurations, documents being edited, browser tabs, and others.

Secondly, the company said that to build its Cloud Desktop offer, relied on VMware’s Horizon solution.

Today, the virtual desktop range offered by consists of 4 models, from office suites (Cloud Desktop 1 or 2 to browse the Internet and work with Excel files of several hundreds of MBs) to photo or video editing with models including a GPU card (Cloud Desktop 4), including development, for example to run Java IDEs which are resource intensive (Cloud Desktop3).

The “Cloud Desktop infrastructure” offer is specifically aimed at IT managers administrating more than 50 workstations, by allowing them to deploy their own virtual desktop infrastructure themselves.
The virtual desktop solution is available throughout Europe and will be sold on the North American market in the coming months.


OVH Bug Bounty

Security was also not forgotten by OVH and the company has announced the public availability of its Bug Bounty program, which allows people to report on potential vulnerabilities found on the company’s infrastructure.

The program is accessible on the platform and all reported vulnerabilities will be examined by the OVH security teams who will take necessary action if needed.

CTO Kabla said that the minimum money award will be €15 for small bugs, but this will go up to €10,000 depending on the seriousness of the fault.

Cases outside of the scope of the program will be compensated in the form of ‘goodies’ or vouchers, the company clarified in a statement.

The platform is only available for use within OVH’s customer control panel and API, however, the company has plans to extend Bug Bounty into other products.

Vincent Malguy, security operation centre team member, OVH, said: “The public launch of Bug Bounty is the culmination of many years of thought. The emergence of the platform makes it possible to bring to fruition the project that CTO and founder Octave Klaba wanted.

“With Bug Bounty, we can constantly test all of our infrastructures with different profiles and various skills. We could never cover such a spectrum over long periods with classical audits,”


OVH Marketplace

The cloud company has also unveiled a “totally free” Marketplace directed towards the applications landscape.

Announced by CEO Laurent Allard, he said that the new offering has been designed exclusively for customers and partners.

Those using the portal will be able to upload their solutions and share them with the wider community.

Developer and managers will be able to use the knowledge around the company’s infrastructure in addition to large sources of software included in the marketplace.

He said: “OVH Marketplace will welcome thousands of solutions that will let clients reach out to the world. We made the choice to integrate Algolia algorithm.”


OVH Summit 2017

For the 2017 edition of the OVH Summit, the company has promised more announcements around further data centre expansions and the enhancements of existing products as well as the launch of new ones.