OVHcloud unveils APAC expansion plans
Published 3 February 2021
European data center services provider OVHcloud has upped the ante on its Asia Pacific growth plans.
As part of its global growth strategy, OVHcloud has opened its second data centre in Sydney and also said that it has doubled its data centre capacity in Singapore. Both these announcements follow its recent announcement of a new Point of Presence infrastructure deployed in Mumbai, India earlier this year.
Since the last couple of decades, OVHcloud operates 400,000 servers within its 32 data centres, across 4 continents. This expansion will be a key asset to serve the company’s global growth strategy and the additional investment in Singapore includes the opening of a new office and continuing its recruitment drive to strengthen the local team in the region.
OVHcloud is responding to Singapore’s rapid nationwide digital transformation through major investments and localised solutions. The Singapore data centre will see an increase in capacity and occupy another floor in addition to their current one, OVHcloud said in a statement. With the new data centre in Sydney, Australia, the APAC region now accounts for three out of 32 data centres in OVHcloud’s global network, it added.
“As APAC’s digital transformation capital, Singapore remains a key market for OVHcloud. The initiatives we have announced are a significant step forward to create new value in the Singapore market and are also in line with OVHcloud’s global strategy of becoming a leading cloud provider,” said Michel Paulin, Chief Executive Officer, OVHcloud. “We are confident that our unique European offering of allowing customers to retain control over their data through our open, reversible cloud will be key in taking advantage of the many opportunities the region has to offer,” Paulin added.
As part of its expansion plans in the region, the cloud provider has been boosting its employee growth within the local team. Since OVHcloud set up its APAC regional headquarters in Singapore in late 2019, the local team has increased four-fold from just a small team initially. The new Singapore office, opened in November 2020 and located at Paya Lebar Quarter, now houses the sales, digital marketing, product, communications and supply chain teams. To keep up with its growth, OVHcloud will continue to hire across the region over the year and currently has openings in Singapore, Australia and India.
“We have seen tremendous business growth in Singapore and we foresee this trajectory to grow even stronger in 2021. Our go-to-market strategy has worked very well in the Singapore market and this strategic investment reaffirms our commitment to our ecosystem of customers and partners,” said Lionel Legros, General Manager, Asia Pacific, OVHcloud. “The expansion of data centre capacity, staffing and various functions will help service current requirements and future demands as we continue to offer our solutions at the best price-performance ratio with predictable pricing,” Legros added.
OVHcloud’s APAC expansion plans come at a time where both Singapore and France are discussing opportunities to strengthen their digital economy cooperation and actively working towards implementing a reciprocal green lane for short-term business and official travel.
“As France and Singapore work on how companies in both countries can contribute to the economic recovery through their skills and new investments to accelerate their digital transition, I am delighted to see French companies like OVHcloud taking on the role,” said Marc Abensour, French Ambassador to Singapore. “Singapore is a gateway to the whole ASEAN region for French companies and investments like this helps to forge even closer bilateral innovation cooperation between both countries,” Ambassador Abensour added.
New solutions in APAC
Following the expansion, OVHcloud will be launching a series of new solutions designed to better support the digital transformation of business organisations. The upcoming solutions will be available in Singapore and in the Asia Pacific region.
These new solutions include advance dedicated servers for small business, game-dedicated servers, managed Kubernetes service, and cloud solutions.