OVH

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OVH
Private
Industry Cloud computing, Hosting
Founded 1999; 18 years ago (1999)
Headquarters Roubaix, France
Key people
Octave Klaba
(Founder, Chairman, CTO)
Henryk Klaba
(President)
Laurent Allard
(CEO)
Miroslaw Klaba
(R&D director)
Products VPS, Hosting, Web hosting, DSL
Revenue Increase 320 million (2016)[1]
Website www.ovh.com

OVH is a French cloud computing company, that offers VPS, dedicated servers and other web services. The company was founded in 1999 by the Polish born Klaba family, and is headquartered in Roubaix, France. OVH is incorporated as a simplified joint-stock company under French law.

The company has 20 datacenters[2] housing around 260,000 machines,[3] which are home to 18 million websites and 3,900,000 domain names.[4][5] The company offers localized services (such as customer service offices) in many European countries, as well as in North America and Africa.

History and growth[edit]

OVH was founded in 1999 by Octave Klaba, with the help of three family members (Henry, Haline, and Miroslaw). In October 2016, it was reported that OVH raised $250 million in order to raise further international expansion.[6] This funding round valued OVH at over $1 billion, making it a unicorn. In the fiscal year of 2016, OVH reportedly had €320 million in revenue.

OVH is one of the sponsors for Let's Encrypt[7]

Wikileaks[edit]

In December 2010, Gizmodo revealed that WikiLeaks selected OVH as its new hosting provider, following Amazon's refusal to host it.[8] On December 3, the growing controversy prompted Eric Besson, France's Industry Minister, to inquire about legal ways to prohibit this hosting in France. The attempt failed. On December 6, 2010, a judge ruled that there was no need for OVH to cease hosting WikiLeaks.[9] The case was rejected on the grounds that such a case required an adversarial hearing.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OVH Mag, Actualités, innovetions & tendances IT" (in French). No. June 2014. OVH. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "OVH site" (in French). OVH. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  3. ^ "OVH about page". OVH. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Innovation is Freedom". OVH. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "OVH : Retour express sur 2012". OVH.com. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  6. ^ "OVH Partners with KKR and TowerBrook for Further Global Expansion". exithub. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Gilbert, Guillaume (December 22, 2015). "OVH Commits to Let's Encrypt to Provide Free SSL Certificates". OVH.COM. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Greenberg, Andy (September 13, 2012). This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Hacktivists, and Cypherpunks Are Freeing the World's Information. New York (New York), USA: Random House. ISBN 978-0-753-54801-1. Retrieved 2015-07-23. Within days, they had registered the URL and set up an SSLprotected site and a Tor Hidden Service in an OVH data center in the French city of Roubaix, the same one that briefly housed WikiLeaks' publications until they migrated to Sweden. 
  9. ^ French web host need not shut down WikiLeaks site: judge (AFP)
  10. ^ "Following the wikileaks case". OVH. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 

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