OVHcloud to share its OpenStack automation for use in on-prem clouds

Also finds a way to bring its water-cooled servers to third-party bit barns, especially in Asia


Cloudy contender OVHcloud will share the automation tools it developed to run its own OpenStack-based cloud, as part of a plan to grow its managed cloud business.

In Europe, the recently floated French company has offered to operate and manage a private cloud using its tech on customers' premises. Now OVH plans to let others do the same. The plan is that managed services providers or end-user organisations could choose to use OVH's tools to run their own OpenStack rigs, or take up OVH's offer of managed on-prem cloud.

OVH will happily deploy those on-prem clouds at scales ranging from a couple of cabinets to hundreds of racks, with the latter scale directed at carriers and other large users.

The company has also detailed the expansion plans that were among the reasons for its IPO – naming the USA, Canada, India, and Asia-Pacific as targets.

The Register has learned that in the latter two expansion targets OVH will, for the first time, use its home-grown water-cooling tech. The company's Asian efforts have, to date, co-located Open Compute Project hardware in third-party datacentres – a contrast to its presences elsewhere in the world that utilise datacentres OVH controls which use the company's own server designs.

Lionel Legros, OVH's veep and general manager for Asia Pacific, told The Register that consulting with co-lo providers as they design new datacentres means the French company can influence designs so they're friendly to water cooling. This means the company expects the Mumbai datacentre it will bring online in the first half of 2022 won't be using air conditioning after eighteen months of operations.

In Singapore, OVH will also expand its presence and bring in its water-cooling tech.

Legros declined to name the other Asia-Pacific nations OVH is targeting, but indicated that nations which model their privacy laws on the EU's GDPR are natural landing pads. ®

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