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OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business


vCloud Air, Marquee Customers, and Enterprise-Ready Support Team to Serve as Foundation for OVH’s Launch into the US



VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced OVH intends to acquire VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected close in calendar 2Q 2017.

vCloud Air is VMware’s cloud offering based on the software-driven data center and designed specifically to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience. The recent introduction of bi-directional, zero downtime cloud migration and the hybrid DMZ architecture has enabled our customers to accelerate the pace of migration to the cloud, while maintaining security, compliance and control. Since its inception, vCloud Air has serviced industry leading customers as they embrace a hybrid cloud environment.

VMware has evolved its business strategy to focus on providing hybrid and cross-cloud software and services. Given this evolution, VMware is transitioning vCloud Air U.S. and European data centers, customer operations, and customer success teams to OVH. After the close of the acquisition, OVH will operate the service as vCloud Air Powered by OVH, will continue to leverage VMware’s hybrid cloud technology, and will closely partner with VMware on go-to-market and customer support around the three proven vCloud Air use cases: data center extension, data center consolidation, and data center recovery.

“We are pleased to announce this next step in vCloud Air’s evolution. We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with OVH and view this acquisition as an extension of our partnership and a positive for our customers and partners. Customers will have access to OVH’s global footprint, high-touch customer support, and still retain the VMware SDDC technology innovation that they are accustomed to,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “We remain committed to delivering our broader Cross-Cloud Architecture that extends our hybrid cloud strategy, enabling customers to run, manage, connect, and secure their applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment.”

OVH is one of the largest cloud service providers in the world with more than one million customers and 260,000 servers deployed. OVH is a long-time VMware vCloud Air Network partner with more than 200,000 VMs from thousands of customers running VMware vSphere Private Cloud, OVH was recognized as “Service Provider of the Year” by VMware 2011-2014 and in 2016. Both companies collaborated to bring Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) as a Service to market in 2016. vCloud Air customers will benefit from greater choice as they select from OVH’s global data centers across four continents and experience faster performance and workload mobility through the company’s thousands of miles of dark fiber and 32 points of presence worldwide.

“Through our strategic relationship with VMware, which includes joint R&D and best-in-class delivery of solutions, OVH leads the private cloud market in Europe,” said Octave Klaba, chairman and CEO, OVH. “With this acquisition, OVH will offer a very unique value proposition for larger enterprise deployments, including rich capabilities for migration and advanced hybrid functionalities for virtual data centers. This will benefit all our clients across the globe.”

OVH recently announced its US-based business, adding two new data centers to their large global network of high performance and water cooling green technology. Its newly-announced management team is comprised of cloud hosting industry executives under the leadership of Russell P. Reeder as president and CEO.

“OVH’s global reach and technology innovation, combined with VMware’s software-defined data center technology, will give customers competitive hyper-scale cloud economics,” said Reeder. “Both companies are committed to providing a seamless transition for current vCloud Air customers, great customer support, increased access to our global network and modern green data centers.”

Customers can learn more about OVH here.



About OVH

OVH is a global, hyper-scale cloud provider that offers businesses industry-leading performance and value. Vertically integrated to own its network, server technology and green data centers, OVH operates more cost effectively and passes these benefits back to customers. Controlling each step in the global solution allows OVH to provide the best performance, price, security, and customer service in the industry. OVH US is a subsidiary of OVH Group, the largest European hosting provider, with more than one million customers across 138 countries and four continents. OVH US customers join a global network with 26 data centers, 32 points of presence, and thousands of miles of dark fiber. Learn more about OVH US.



About VMware

VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.



Press contact:

Michael Thacker
VMware Global PR
mthacker@vmware.com
650-427-4454

Caitlin Haskins
10Fold for OVH US
ovh@10fold.com
+1 415 800 5369





A Letter from Russ Reeder:

Greetings and Welcome to the OVH Family!

Even in our mature market, businesses still have more questions than answers for choosing a cloud partner. They are either evaluating how to move to the cloud or (having already moved) they are experiencing shock at the larger than expected bills. Whichever is the case, they often don’t know who to call when they need help.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that OVH will take on those challenges to become a global partner of choice. Today, we announce that OVH is bringing VMware’s vCloud® Air™ business, customers, employees and technology into the fold. We look forward to strong growth as we continue to support the vCloud Air use cases of: data center extension, data center consolidation, and data center recovery – with the same sales and support teams that you have grown to trust.

For 18 years, OVH has provided innovative cloud services that really are better, faster, and less costly than the alternatives. With today’s announcement and elevated partnership with VMware, OVH will not only provide Private Cloud, but a full suite of Public Cloud services and Dedicated Servers for your needs. This is in addition to preparing OVH’s 26 global data centers (with green, water-cooled tech) across four continents, 32 points of presence and thousands of miles of dark fiber connecting those data centers to welcome your workloads. Most cloud companies tell you they have the best products for the best value. OVH actually delivers on that promise!

OVH is proud to welcome the sales, support, account management, and infrastructure operations teams from vCloud Air to OVH’s 1600+ employees. We’re excited to add to our collective knowledge of supporting the cloud and VMware technology. We’re ready to be the best service-oriented team around. When you need help, we’ll be there for you. We love to help our clients be successful!

We look forward to getting acquainted and being at your service!

Onward and Upward!

Russ Reeder
CEO, OVH US



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