European cloud provider OVH will soon debut its hosted-private cloud offerings in the U.S. The service is based on vCloud Air, which it purchased from VMware in April. These services include disaster recovery, enterprise dedicated cloud, and hybrid cloud migration and will be available in January 2018.
The new vCloud Air powered by OVH product line targets midsize enterprises. All are single-tenant environments with VMware software running on OVH infrastructure.
The French company designs and manages its own data centers that use air- and water-cooling systems instead of air conditioning to cool their servers. It will open its first U.S. data center in Vint Hill, Virginia, by year-end and follow with a second one in Hillsboro, Oregon, in early 2018. OVH will run 27 data centers in 8 countries by year-end, the company claims.
OVH’s enterprise dedicated cloud is built on Intel processors and VMware’s software-defined data center technology. This includes vSphere compute, vCenter server management, and NSX networking. This is different than VMware’s earlier vCloud Air in that the OVH version gives customers full access to the same VMware technologies that they use in their on-premises environments, said Brian Kuhn, chief digital officer at OVH U.S.
“It looks like everything else in their own on-premises data center and means less ramp-time for customers,” he said.
The OVH infrastructure gives customers public cloud-like benefits including flexibility and pay-as-you-go pricing, Kuhn added. “The ability to scale up, scale down, add resources, and take them away as needed allows for a more flexible service.”
With OVH’s disaster recovery (DR) services, customers can choose their DR software: VMware vSphere Replication, Zerto, or VMware HCX. Announced at VMworld, HCX is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) that allows enterprises to move applications back and forth between any vSphere platform. Right now, only two VMware cloud partners — OVH and IBM — offer this technology, which means that customers can migrate their applications between their on-premises software-defined data center (SDDC) and OVH and IBM clouds.
In addition to being a DR software choice, HCX also plays a leading role in OVH’s new hybrid cloud migration service, which allows workloads to migrate from any vSphere implementation to any other vSphere implementation, according to Kuhn.
In an earlier interview, Kuhn talked about taking on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform as it enters the U.S. market. “OVH as a whole, but specifically in the U.S., is positioning itself as a global hyperscale cloud provider,” he said.
This obviously includes public cloud services as well as private cloud. So when can we expect to see OVH public cloud offerings in the U.S.? This should happen in early 2018, Kuhn said.
“What a traditional OVH process looks like; they start with a new data center and they offer that first offer, which is a dedicated server. After dedicated servers are up and running, then they start offering the other product lines. Generally, the next is the hosted private cloud. The last is public cloud. It should be in the early part of next year.”