OVH received “great support” from the state of Hessen and regional partners, including Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), di Fiore adds. “It was excellent, we felt welcomed by the local community and the region. GTAI, the state and the regional partners found the right building with the right specifications in the right location.”
Instead of moving into existing data centers, OVH chose to rehabilitate old industrial buildings – a strategy it has followed at different locations around the world and which provides complete control over the hosting supply chain, from server assembly to the design of its facilities.
The new facility will accommodate 50 staff members and will also increase the company’s activity in Germany, leading to an increase in the number of sales and technical employees. The data center will eventually be able to house up to 45,000 servers in an area measuring 4,000 square meters. Operations for the whole region will continue to be run from the company’s site in Saarbrücken, which opened in 2006.
The Limburg site, which is OVH’s 21st data center, follows the opening of three new centers in Australia, Singapore and Poland last year. OVH has plans to build two additional data centers this year in Germany and further centers in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.
The group will finance its global expansion through a €1.5bn investment over the next five years. In October, the group raised €250m by selling a minority stake to U.S. private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and TowerBrook. If OVH continues to scale and to innovate at the superfast speeds it has been setting in recent years, Germany and the rest of Europe can only stand to gain.