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OVH's northern customers offered steamy southern summer holiday

Bit barn lights are blinking in Singapore and Australia,
for members only

By Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2016

The lights are on at French cloud concern OVH's new bit barns in Australia and Singapore, but for now only current customers are allowed to board the bare metal.

OVH officials today told The Register the company polled its customer base and found 3,000 were keen on the chance to get cloudy on the equator or down under. The cashed-up company, flush with a recent €250m cash injection, has therefore invested in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne presences.

For now those current clients will be offered the chance for a steamy break from the northern winter, at least for workloads they're willing to send south for a little exploration. Come late January or early February things will get official, with locals offered the chance to rent some of their very own cloud.

OVH's target is folks who want dedicated cloud infrastructure, often bare metal, rather than the “your VM is in a colossal pool of stuff over there somewhere” proposition offered by other public clouds. It tends not to touch software: what you run inside OVH is your problem.

OVH is alsoi a vCloud Air Network partner and thinks VMware's deal with Amazon Web Services is great news: it's popularised the idea of managed VMware clouds and is months away from being a reality. So that's one thing the company can offer customers in its newly-expanded catchment.

Another is help to services organisations that have built their own clouds to run managed private clouds for their clients, but are tiring of the mucky business of keeping hardware humming. OVH reckons it's a chance of converting those organisations to its offering, while also scooping up companies looking for managed clouds.

By the time the Australian cloud goes live, OVH tells us it will have about 20 people on staff. Solution architects, support folks, channel-wranglers and more will be aboard, as the company feels it must be able to do more than just rent and support servers on day one.

OVH has also announced its first location in the United States and an ARM-powered cloud. ®

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