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With his usual outspoken, Octave Klaba, OVH founder, returns on investment that allows his company to become a global player in the Cloud. Without losing its own identity.

Silicon.fr: Azure and AWS were both to announce the opening of centers in France. That dropped the argument of the location of the data in the hexagon that could brandishes OVH to seduce companies...

Octave Klaba: OVH remains strong on the trades of the rationalization of infrastructure, with offers like dedicated servers or Dedicated Cloud. On these trades, our competitors have nothing to propose to companies. However, for large companies, on most of their needs, the public Cloud proves too expensive. Note that companies like Apple or Dropbox came out after a while of Amazon, simply because they needed to streamline their infrastructure costs. And it makes sense; public Cloud is suitable to the scale-out phase, either the passage of the prototype supply available throughout the world, very quickly, without risk. It is in this segment we are trying today to strengthen us through our investment in 10 new centers in 9 countries. Indeed, our current deployment - 17 data centers in both countries - does not accompany a company wishing to position themselves on the global market.

At the same time, we also want to reach start-ups in their early stages of growth, targeting developers with no knowledge of the operation of data centers, cloud or servers. Bringing them in the code the ability to use the resources of the datacenter in the form of an SDK functions. This is the meaning of Mobile Hosting (a Paas mobile for Android and iOS, Editor's NOTE). The goal of OVH is therefore to support companies in all phases of their lives and that's what differentiates us from our competitors.

Silicon.fr: For many analysts, the Cloud market will largely be a hybrid Cloud market...

OK: everyone is positioning itself in this market, because today, large companies, which represent 90% of revenues for infrastructure, are not yet in the Cloud. Their needs are focused on private, dedicated infrastructure. Through our partnership with VMware, we offer a private Cloud vSphere for several years. This technology, which interconnects via a private link our infrastructure and those of the company, is deployed in Roubaix, in Strasbourg, in the Canada. And we'll extend it to our new 10 datacenters. Our competitors are in the sense of a shift to the hybrid Cloud (since this interview, conducted October 11, VMware and AWS also announced a partnership in this sense, Editor's NOTE), because they realize that businesses need resources dedicated, accessible via separate networks, before to consider out of their data center data. Today, we think ahead of this field through the work that we carried out for 6 years with VMware. Can we maintain that advantage? We will see. But, for the time, strength to see that in the United States, no competitor made our job of consolidation and no claimant knows deploy automated vSphere, in 3 minutes, as we can do.

Silicon.fr: You have just announced a partnership with Rogers, a Canadian telecom operator that has considered its Cloud solutions provider OVH. Can you imagine other agreements of this type in Europe?

O.K.: In computer science, the market will become bipolar, with one side infrastructure and providers, integrators, coming out little by little these trades of provision of Cloud on the other. And telecom operators are not far from reach the same conclusion. Rogers tried to go alone on this market, investing hundreds of millions of dollars for 3 or 4 years. Without much result. In view of the difficulties of the telcos to manage these infrastructure, I think that such partnerships will multiply, including in France where Bouygues has already approached Microsoft. And today, OVH is the only European Cloud provider, which remains an important parameter for the issues of sovereignty. Our future deployment in 7 European countries with nearly 20 data centers on the Mainland, places us in an interesting position.

Silicon.fr: With your deployment plan for 10 new data centers, you're on a very different scale of everything you've done until then, with many sites to conduct in parallel. How are you organized to cope?

O.K.: Between 2011 and 2013, we have created three new datacenters, in Strasbourg, the Canada and Gravelines. On this occasion, we have deployed our technology on these three destinations, including the management of energy, network, security, servers, an internal ERP... These are the basics of our standardization. The latter is based on our own lines of manufacture of servers, to Roubaix and the Canada. A third production unit is also being investigated, in the United States. The server that will be installed in our data center in Poland, for example, is produced in Roubaix.

These servers are integrated into berries not vertical - and horizontal-, integrating the cooling water, batteries, inverters, cables... Standardization is pushed far enough and allows us to manage berries with 16 to 20 kW of electrical power. We know thus host 16 servers with the GPU in a single Bay; It is significant in terms of density. Behind, our heat extraction technologies allow us to evacuate the energy released at a good price. What are all these technologies we deploy in our new data center. That's why we can move fast enough in the opening of our new locations: in Virginia, where we will open our first data center in the United States, we bought the building on 7 October and the first servers will be offered to customers, in discovery, as early as December mode.

Within our Organization, we have implemented a new team of 30 people working only on the deployment of new data centers. This last, run by my brother Miroslav, is responsible for building sites until new data centers reach a sales threshold corresponding to a satisfactory level of filling of the rooms. This team manages today sites of 10 new datacenters officially announced; internally, it is also referred to 12 new locations...

Silicon.fr: What is the capacity of this first American data center, located in Virginia?

O.K.: 80 000 servers in total. But, most likely, as soon as we reach 20 000 or 30 000 machines, we will build an another data center still in Virginia or in another location East Coast State. The goal is to build, in the United States, 3 data centers in 3 regions, starting with 2 locations: an East Coast (in Virginia so, Editor's NOTE), the other West Coast.

Silicon.fr: In addition to VMware, you also offer infrastructure on OpenStack. But your needs seem to deviate from those of the Open Source community...

OK: First, we want to offer our customers of the standards, in particular a standard API. This is what guarantees reversibility, no other vendor offers really. But it is true that OpenStack is designed for the private Cloud. Few suppliers today offer Cloud public based on this technology, simply because it is far from obvious. In OVH, I am campaigning that put Open source all the developments we have made to achieve this. But, internally, some are afraid of the reaction of the community, who may interpret our adaptations as a fork of OpenStack species. The central point is that community dominated the IBM or HPE is hardly interested in the integration of our developments for the public Cloud: they run the cluster of 200 machines for example, there where we shoot with 10,000 or 20,000 physical servers. The needs are simply not the same.
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