Water cooling at OVHcloud

Water cooling: from innovation to disruption – Part I

One of OVHcloud’s successes is our ability to develop and promote innovation, in both IT and industrial practices. For two decades, we have placed innovation at the centre of our strategy, it’s part of our DNA. We are constantly researching and developing new technologies to optimise the performance of our services. We manufacture our own …

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How to win at the massive database migration game

In our previous articles, we explained why we had to move 800,000 databases from one datacentre to another, 300 kilometres away. So here we are… My team and I did it! It was a real brain-burner, so I hope our story will help you to address more of the huge technical projects we love to …

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The OVHcloud to Protect & Support Innovation

The OVHcloud strategy to promote and protect innovation

During the OVHcloud Summit last October, we announced the recent filing of 50 patent families.  These patent applications obviously concern our “hardware” innovations (you know that we manufacture our servers, racks, cooling systems…) but also software patents, because contrary to popular belief it is possible to patent certain software (under certain conditions, but this is not the subject …

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Internal database architecture

OVHcloud’s internal databases infrastructure

Today, most applications rely directly or indirectly on databases. I would even take a bet and say that a large portion of those are relational databases. At OVHcloud, we rely on several dozens of clusters hosting hundreds of databases to power thousands of applications. Most of those databases power our API, host billing information and …

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Swift at OVHcloud

Dealing with small files with OpenStack Swift (part 1)

OpenStack Swift is a distributed storage system that is easy to scale horizontally, using standard servers and disks. We are using it at OVHcloud for internal needs, and as a service for our customers. By design, it is rather easy to use, but you still need to think about your workload when designing a Swift …

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Web hosting – How do our databases work?

In our series of articles about migrating web hosting infrastructure from Paris to Gravelines (the first of which is here), we neglected to mention the databases. This is however a very important part, with 800,000 databases to be migrated! In these new series of posts, we will tell you about our experience with web hosting …

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