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OVH to build $47 million data centre in Virginia

Tue 25 Oct 2016

French telco OVH will build a new data centre in Fauquier County, Virginia, after several aborted attempts to locate in the U.S.

County Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that OVH will develop dark fibre infrastructure in a pre-existing location at the Vint Hill Business Park, having defeated North Carolina’s bid for the build.

The governor commented “OVH’s decision to establish its North American headquarters in Virginia after meetings and discussions in Europe and Virginia further solidifies the Commonwealth’s global standing as the top player in the flourishing data center sector.”

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said of the deal: “OVH is the leading cloud provider in Europe, and we are honored the company has chosen Fauquier County as its U.S. home… This significant project is a win-win, as OVH will invest in infrastructure enhancements to the Vint Hill Business Park, opening access to the development of nearly 150 acres with increased fiber, sewer, water and electrical capacity. It is exciting to watch Virginia grow as a leader in the data center industry, which has accounted for more than 7,600 jobs and $9 billion in capital investment since 2005.”

It seems likely that favourable deals have been struck regarding utilities. However there has also been speculation that the choice was dictated by the location’s proximity to numerous government client, with governance and short hops a major factor.

Following the usual template, the establishment is expected to boost local employment during construction and go on to provide rather more modest long-term prospects, creating around 54 new permanent positions. This is actually rather high for a modern DC build, and may be partly accountable to the retrofitting of an existing locale.

OVH opened its formidable Quebec build in 2014, spurred on not only by favourable tax deals and local breaks, but by the low electricity rates available in the zone, due to the location’s proximity to the Beauharnois hydroelectric centre.

The company, based in Roubaix in Northern France, was founded in 1999, and by 2014 retained 800 employees over 17 data centres in Europe and North Africa. OVH has a recorded revenue of over 240 million a year.

The telco became the subject of a $188 million lawsuit on the part of an American pornographic producer claiming its complicity in hosting copyrighted content. The company also came into the news spotlight a year earlier for its brief hosting of WikiLeaks, before the famous whistleblowing organisation moved to servers based in Sweden.


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