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OVHcloud launches first data center in India

  • OVHcloud continues to expand in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a data center designed to meet the region’s needs for trusted and sustainable cloud solutions.
  • The launch in India is part of the Asia Pacific expansion plans for OVHcloud, which will see the deployment of two additional data centers in Singapore and Australia by next year.

OVHcloud, the European cloud leader, has launched its first data center in India. The new Mumbai facility is part of its recently announced global strategic plan to build 15 new sites by 2024. For India, the launch indicates the country’s growth and the need for more data centers.

In the last few months alone, the subcontinent has already witnessed several investments in the data center. Reports show that revenue from the Indian data center market is expected to reach US$7.83 billion in 2023.

Part of the reason for the growth of the Indian data center market is that the Government of India and various state governments are revising their data center policies to support the infrastructural growth of data centers in India through tax subsidies. This includes increased incentives to develop the data center ecosystem in the country. The Digital India government campaign is also underpinning a concerted push for digital transformation on a national scale, as business and government sectors are both set to increase their reliance on the cloud.

The launch in India is part of the Asia Pacific expansion plans for OVHcloud, which will see the deployment of two additional data centers in Singapore and Australia by next year. Adding to OVHcloud’s network of data centers worldwide, the global expansion will provide OVHcloud customers with open, trusted, sovereign, and sustainable cloud solutions that will enable them to meet growing digital needs.

The Asia Pacific region continues to witness an uptick in cloud adoption amidst sharper regulatory scrutiny over data sovereignty and environmental concerns. Particularly for India, cloud-enabled digital transformation is driving the explosive growth of the national digital economy, which already outpaces the growth of the larger economy by 2.4 times.

According to Michel Paulin, Chief Executive Officer, OVHcloud, since its Asia Pacific expansion, the region has experienced phenomenal growth in its digital economy. For Paulin, India, Singapore, and Australia remain critical markets that are driving this growth from a business transformation and digital innovation perspective.

“Data sovereignty and sustainability will continue to be key priorities that have to be balanced with rapidly increasing digital needs. We are confident that new data centers will further help OVHcloud’s goal of becoming the cloud provider of choice for customers in the region, enabling them to remain compliant while benefiting from our unique proposition of an open, reversible and sustainable cloud,” added Paulin.

Mumbai – the heart of OVHcloud in India

OVHcloud’s new data center in Mumbai will offer Indian businesses enhanced support through local compute and storage capabilities to meet evolving data compliance needs, especially as the Government of India pushes for more comprehensive data protection laws to go along with a growing digital economy. The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, National Data Governance Framework policy, and IT Rules, introduced in the last two years, collectively aim to balance data governance efforts with unlocking data-enabled innovation that will spur further growth of the Indian digital economy.

The launch of the new facility is also timely, particularly as India takes the presidency of G20 with a mandate of ‘data for development’, sets up a new Trade and Technology Council with the European Union to lead on digital transformation, green technologies and trade, and implements data regulations such as the recently released Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, which complies with international standards of data protection, including the GDPR, by enacting a strong consent-based regime of data privacy. With these policies, data residency remains a critical compliance criterion for businesses within the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors in particular.

When it comes to sustainability, OVHcloud is a pioneer in sustainable cloud, deploying 20 years of industrial innovation such as circularity and water cooling at scale. As such, these disruptive innovations enable the Group to reach best-in-class sustainability metrics, with a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) at 1.28 and a WUE (Water Usage Effectiveness) of 0.26. By manufacturing its own servers, OVHcloud’s integrated industrial model enables a sustainable cloud by design, with Carbon Usage Effectiveness of 0.2. Benefiting from OVHcloud’s proprietary water-cooling technology, this new data center pushes the Group’s technological and industrial expertise further by adapting its infrastructure to meet tropical conditions.

Terry Maiolo, Vice President and General Manager, APAC, OVHcloud, highlighted that India is already one of OVHcloud’s top-performing markets in the APAC region. Maiolo believes the strategic deployment of the first data center in India is a firm testimony to that potential and an affirmation of OVHcloud’s commitment to customers and partners in India.

“Our new generation of data centers, coupled with enhanced compute and scalable storage capabilities, will elevate our ability to provide customers in India and the region with high-performance cloud solutions that have optimized and predictable price-performance ratios, even as their needs evolve,” commented Maiolo.

The expansion leverages OVHcloud’s existing presence in India through the Mumbai Point of Presence opened in 2020, minimizing latency between India and Europe. With the newly launched data center, local customers will enjoy close to instant access to their data and cloud resources while also meeting increasingly stringent data compliance regulations.

Following this launch, customers in the Asia Pacific region can anticipate the deployment of upcoming data centers in Singapore and Sydney by next year. With these additions, the Asia-Pacific data centers will account for six out of OVHcloud’s global network of 48 data centers by 2024.