OVH launches its cloud in Zurich before Lausanne next year

French cloud provider OVHcloud is expanding its network of sites around the world. Via “Local Zones”, the supplier intends to establish itself in markets hitherto lacking a local presence. As was already announced in March, one of these zones concerns Switzerland, more precisely Zurich. The supplier took advantage of the official launch of the zone to share certain information.

Falk Weinreich, General Manager, OVHcloud during the presentation of the Local Zone Zurich. (Source: Netzmedien)

Falk Weinreich, General Manager Central Europe, explains that OVHcloud already has more than 150 corporate clients in Switzerland, but without a physical presence. He adds that due to its French roots, the company already knows the French-speaking Switzerland market well and wants to continue its growth. Potential customers have also reportedly shown interest. “The opening of the Local Zone in Zurich is an important step for OVHcloud’s growth strategy in a Swiss market, which is essential for us,” he continues.

Faster, safer and cheaper thanks to a local presence

The technology behind Local Zones comes from Gridscale, a Cologne-based edge computing specialist acquired by OVH in 2023. Gridscale’s virtualization technology allows OVH to deploy cloud capabilities in a matter of weeks to serve new sites.

Local Zones only require managed infrastructure with effective hosting in colocation data centers. In Switzerland, OVH is banking on the data centers of Digital Realty (formerly Interxion) in Glattbrugg.

Henrik Hasenkamp, ​​CEO of Gridscale. (Source: Netzmedien)

Henrik Hasenkamp, ​​CEO of Gridscale, explains that this is a response to the need of Swiss companies for local cloud services. This is also what a study carried out by Gridscale on behalf of OVH shows. “53% of respondents recognize the growing need for local deployment of IT infrastructure,” he adds.

The main reasons cited for operating IT infrastructure in Switzerland are better performance thanks to lower latencies in operating applications (39%), the desire to have more control over one’s own data (36 %) as well as lower costs for data transmission (32%).

It is precisely these needs that we want to address, said Hasenkamp: “With the new Local Zone in Zurich, we offer companies in Switzerland the opportunity to use OVHcloud’s public cloud services in a highly flexible way, while being data sovereign and cost-effective.”

Zurich should not remain the only OVH Local Zone in Switzerland. In 2025, a site should be added in Lausanne. By the end of 2026, 150 Local Zone sites should be created around the world.

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