How OVH intends to publish its cloud to open source

Announced at Ecosystem Experience 2021, the French group’s annual event, the new project is accompanied by an approach that combines hybrid cloud and multicloud.

During its Ecosystem Experience 2021 event, taking place online on November 16 and 17, OVHCloud unveiled the details of its five -year strategic plan. Main announcement: the open source publication of its public cloud platform (PaaS). “We want to bring together a strong community in search of more openness and innovation,” explains Octave Klaba, president and founder of OVHCloud. “Our ambition is to offer both technological and operational sovereignty, and strengthen the digital transformation of our partners and our ecosystem.”

The group promised to deliver the full open source PaaS and its associated components within 12 months. The challenge? Start a policy of both hybrid cloud and multicloud. Through the open source box, OVH’s goal is to encourage companies to implement its technology, for their own needs or to market cloud services in the case of providers. “At the same time, we will be releasing our entire public cloud stack, from hardware to software, in the form of a commercial offer that customers can deploy at home, connected or disconnect,” Octave Klaba added.

An Apache 2.0 license?

It remains to be seen under which license the OVH public cloud will be distributed. Because it is based on the OpenStack (IaaS) infrastructure, published directly under the Apache 2.0 license, it should logically be released under the same license. The Apache 2.0 license is actually obligated to reuse it in case of an unmodified code.

“We are making our first cloud region in Paris with three separate data centers”

Another pillar of the strategy: the extension of the OVH data center park, currently 24. “We are in the process of building our first cloud region in Paris that will have three separate data centers”, suggests at this point Octave Klaba. Following the AWS example, this three-zone regional model, which allows duplication of data across multiple centers, is among the group’s commitments that follow. the fire of its infrastructure in Strasbourg on March 10. To prevent data loss from affecting its customers again in such a case, OVHCloud also undertakes to systematize data backup to a secondary location regardless of the selected service. An initiative that must be accepted.

New data centers

Deployments also involve North America. In the United States, OVH intends to open a data center “as soon as possible” in the heart of the country in addition to its infrastructures in Virginia (East Coast) and Oregon (West Coast). In Canada, the company is planning a second data center in the Toronto area, in addition to one in Montreal.

On the Asian side, OVHCloud already has a data center in Singapore. Next to this first bridge, India is now on the group’s sights. “We are currently building the first data center in this country”, added Octave Klaba. At the same time, OVHCloud’s sales and support teams will be strengthened in the region.

In line with OVH’s data center as a service policy, the strategy is moving towards cloud marketing its offering in the form of racks. In this field, OVHCloud is formalizing as expected the launch of its Hosted Private Cloud powered by the Google Anthos offer (read the article FaaS, Google Anthos … Expect announcements on the OVH Ecosystem Experience). It also features MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis and Kafka managed services, all launched this year. “We will integrate other database engines such as OpenSearch, Grafana or Kafka Connect, and we are working on a block storage solution based on the technology resulting from the acquisition of Exent in August 2020”, added Thierry Souche.

An ecosystem in AI

On the AI ​​side, OVHCloud confirms its desire, through its PaaS, to cover the entire machine learning pipeline, from training to model implementation. To complete the building, the group announced their intention to create an ecosystem of partners whose AI bricks will be added to its platform. Among the first players in the sector to be involved on its side, we noticed French Dataiku publishing machine learning studio or Systran, a historic player in French translation of French origin acquired in 2014 by Korean CSLI.

What about OVHCloud’s ambitions in Function as a Service (FaaS)? FaaS is not on the Ecosystem Experience 2021 menu as JDN expects. “On the other hand, this is a topic that is really within the scope of OVHCloud and our CTO will be able to discuss after the event”, promises Caroline Comet-Fraigneau, Vice-President France & Benelux & Africa to OVHcloud.

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