To succeed on the Internet market, OVH.com has adopted a simple formula from the very start: think outside the box. Thus, the webhosting company builds its own datacentres and cools them without using air conditioning, designs and assembles its own servers, manages its own European network and provides support with its own internal teams.
To build its 9th datacentre, its first on the American continent, OVH.com relied on the model that has made its success in Europe for more than a decade. As a result of this unique configuration, the host will be able to offer its dedicated servers at the same price as in Europe i.e.: 4 times cheaper than its American competitors.
For this, the new datacentre is entirely powered by green energy coming from a hydro dam located less than 300 meters away from the building. OVH.com plans to eventually consume 40 MVA, with a PUE under 1.1.
However, the differences don’t stop there. Located in Quebec, less than 80 kilometres from the United States border, this datacentre is close to all the major cities of the American Eastern seaboard, while remaining compatible with the confidentiality requirements of its European customers.
Unlike its competitors, OVH.com has also invested in and deployed a network that covers Canada and the United States. Based on the new coherent 100G technology, this equipment makes it possible to manage a high capacity (10 Tbps) fully redundant network. This means the host ensures 100% network availability and low latencies.
Also being poles apart from its competition, who occupy a number of different buildings, OVH.com chose to build a datacentre along the East coast on an unprecedented scale. In the end, this datacentre will have a total capacity of 360,000 physical servers. This method, requires a significant initial investment, but allows for future industrialisation that in time will achieve great economies of scale.
Finally, OVH.com doesn’t buy its servers pre-made, but builds them in their own production chains located directly in the datacentre. As a result, each day, up to 400 servers can be assembled per the customer’s specifications and delivered within 1 hour.
In a nutshell, OVH.com is about to make a difference on the American market thanks to its business model: lowering operational costs while investing heavily in innovation. It's a long term strategy that offers a different standpoint from the usual quest of immediate profits that are preferred by the industry today.
* *Source: Netcraft, April 2012
OVH.com is the #1 Internet hosting provider in Europe. Founded in 1999 by Octave Klaba, the company experienced exponential growth, with now over 150,000 dedicated servers in 11 data centers. OVH owes its success to a growth model based on innovation and total control of the hosting supply chain, in-house server production, infrastructure maintenance and client support. For every of its service and solution, OVH.com is able to offer the best value and provide real guarantees to customers. Located in 16 countries, on 3 continents, OVH.com is today the world’s reference for all the customers seeking the best of the Internet.