OVHcloud CEO says web hosting is an evolution, not a revolution


Cloud-based hosting and application services are evolving. Almost every business or service will have a website, app, or some sort of online presence through social media.

But as quickly as the online world seems to be developing, Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud (opens in a new tab)believes that it is in no way a revolutionary movement.

Rather, he sees it as an evolution, as the growth of gaming, streaming, and other major online platforms and organizations could outpace the very Web hosting (opens in a new tab) solutions on which it is based.

Evolution of Web Hosting

Web hosting products have evolved significantly in recent years, making it much easier for users to create their own websites than ever before. Paulin tells TechRadar Pro that there are now two types of requests from customers.

“Little hosts provide little building blocks for create websites (opens in a new tab) and the big web hosting players need to offer everything from e-commerce platforms (opens in a new tab) at Payment gateways (opens in a new tab)which is much more sophisticated,” he notes.

“On the one hand, you have solutions that simplify the ability of small businesses to access e-commerce platforms in web hosting, which offer super simple solutions to design your own website with all the functions you need. , but on the other hand, you have very large sites for gaming, streaming, and other tech companies that need custom solutions. It’s clear that the latter is growing very fast. Smaller web hosts have perhaps reached their capacity in terms of evolution.

Move to the cloud

The cloud is not a new concept, as it has been working its magic behind the scenes for a few years as organizations transition from traditional flatsharing (opens in a new tab) data centers to the cloud, or opt for hybrid solutions.

“One big trend I’ve noticed is called ‘moving to the cloud,'” adds Paulin. “Historically, the cloud has been used by tech companies (what we call digital natives) because they know how to use cloud solutions effectively, and there are many different solutions out there to familiarize yourself with,” adds Paulin.

“Some companies are migrating to the cloud through legacy systems and most of them are either on-premises or outsourced, and they want to move new technologies to the cloud. This move to the cloud is a complex journey for most companies , because you need to transform your IT systems to be ready for cloud solutions.”

The cloud takes the concept of a virtual cluster and puts application resources and services behind it for use by developers.

One of the most popular cloud web hosting providers is Amazon Web Services (AWS (opens in a new tab)), which with OVHcloud and other cloud hosting (opens in a new tab) give its users’ infrastructure global reach and the ability to distribute services globally at affordable rates. But as appealing as it sounds, it’s by no means simple.

“It’s not as simple as saying ‘I’m going to move to the cloud.’ As a result, we now see that there are many tools and solutions to help customers migrate to the cloud, allowing them to from their own legacy systems to a new kind of cloud,” says Paulin

“Our ambition is to give our customers the freedom to do so but also to give them the choice.”

OVHcloud recently announced the general availability of its Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) service. In a context of IPv4 address scarcity, this new tool was created to help with network planning when migrating to enterprise services in ‘Move To Cloud’ scenarios.

The BYOIP service is available with bare metal cloud, hosted private cloud, public cloud, as well as vRack and IP Load Balancer products, and should be deployed soon for all OVHcloud data centers subject to customer eligibility. IP addresses (opens in a new tab).

“The cloud is growing in all areas and it is very large, but at the same time we see that artificial intelligence, machine learning, high performance storage, containerization are very active and rapidly growing segments. The whole market is growing extremely fast, but these areas are growing even faster,” says Paulin.

The Future is Cloud Web Hosting

Looking at the history of OVHcloud, the company started with cloud-based web hosting and is currently the second largest provider in Europe.

“We are the leading web hosting provider in France, Spain, Italy and Poland. We’re not the best in the UK, but web hosting and cloud hosting are very important businesses for OVHcloud as they make up 24% of our total revenue and we’re growing,” notes Paulin.

“We need to be able to expand into new territories in the cloud space, which is why we launched the public and private cloud, where our growth is even faster. Web hosting is something we keep because it’s the beginning of OVHcloud’s story.

Paulin told TechRadar Pro that if he wasn’t in the cloud industry, the only other area he would be interested in would be math.

“I love math but I wasn’t good enough so I decided to switch to computer science,” he says. Despite this, he says he wouldn’t have it any other way because of his immense vision for how the tech industry is set to evolve.

Paulin met OVHcloud founder Octave Klaba, fell in love with the company and wanted to get in on the action:

“Klaba still owns 70% of the company and he’s a geek in a good way. He loves product solutions and technology, and he is able to put together innovative solutions. This was key to his success in building a cloud solution from scratch. He had no money, no network and no resources other than the little money his father gave him to start the business.

Seeing all of this was all Paulin needed to want to be part of the cloud web hosting company.

As the industry evolves, Paulin says a key trend he will keep an eye on is data sovereignty.

“Increasingly, people want to know where their data is, who has access to it, and what is actually done with their data. During covid-19, there were a lot of questions about what is happening with health data,” he notes.

“This is an example of how we see data privacy becoming a growing concern across the world. There are more and more data protection regulations in key regions of the world. In Europe, we have GDPR (opens in a new tab) which protects personal data, but now, interestingly, in India, Singapore and Korea, these markets also have similar regulations.

Data is at the heart of everything now and more so at the center of cloud hosting – and there’s a lot of money around it too. Cloud-based hosting is the present, but it is by no means the final destination of web hosting evolution.


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