OVHcloud pushes global expansion with new data centre in Singapore

France-based OVHcloud has launch of its second data centre in Singapore as part of its global strategic plan to establish 15 new sites by 2024. 

With its first data centre in Mumbai launched in March and an additional site to follow in Sydney next year, the expansion is expected to boost regional availability of open, sovereign cloud solutions for customers to meet their increasing digital needs.

In fully deploying OVHcloud’s most advanced water cooling technology, the newly launched data centre will set a new standard for eco-friendly data centres in Singapore. 

This marks a pivotal development for the regional hub, which lifted the data centre moratorium previously set in 2019 and has since introduced stricter criteria for new data centres in efforts to reduce carbon emissions as it scales emphasis on its digital economy.

Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud, said there is a clear need for data centres, particularly sustainable ones that can both lower the overall carbon footprint of digitalisation and support the compute needs of emerging technologies like generative AI, for Singapore to retain its position as a leading digital innovation hub.

“As a pioneer in water cooling technology for more than 20 years, we are confident in our ability to reliably meet customers’ needs for sustainable cloud solutions as their digital needs evolve,” said Paulin. 

OVHcloud’s newest data centre will feature an integrated water cooling system that is built into a vertical rack designed to facilitate cooling at the server level, eliminating the need for air conditioning in server rooms, with significant benefits in costs and environmental impact. 

At the same time, the design will also allow precise and efficient cooling, so that it would only require a single glass of water to cool an OVHcloud server over a span of 10 hours when many servers on the market would need seven times more water.   

These innovations represent new strides in OVHcloud’s technological and industrial expertise, with adaptions of its infrastructure to operate sustainably in tropical conditions as well as temperate climates.