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French cloud giant bulks out APAC data centre footprint

APAC expansion plans come at a time where both Singapore and France are discussing opportunities to strengthen their digital economy cooperation.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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February 03, 2021 | 12:04 PM GMT

French cloud services provider OVHcloud has announced the doubling of capacity for its Singapore data centre and a second data centre in Sydney, Australia, in addition to the recently announced Point of Presence (PoP) infrastructure deployed in Mumbai, India earlier this year. 

Headquartered in Roubaix, in the north of France and close to the border with Belgium, OVH has in the past five years invested more than $1 billion in expanding its services worldwide.

The company said the expansions unveiled for APAC will be a key asset to serve the business’ global growth strategy. Further investment in Singapore includes the opening of a new office and continuing its recruitment drive to strengthen the local team there.

The Singapore data centre will see an increase in capacity and occupy another floor in addition to their current one. 

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.

Michel Paulin, Chief Executive Officer, OVHcloud, said: “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. 

“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.”

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. 

OVHcloud said it will continue to hire across the region over the year and currently has openings in Singapore, Australia and India.

Lionel Legros, General Manager, Asia Pacific, OVHcloud, said: “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. 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.”

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.

Marc Abensour, French Ambassador to Singapore, commented: “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. 

“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.”

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