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t cht lk second is how optimising that and leveraging renewable energy sources , maximising component life cycle and also reducing supply chain impact . And finally , how do we embark on the ecosystem journey working with partners . We have a partnership with Inria – National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology – to enhance sustainability monitoring and turn it into a customer-facing asset . This partnership helps OVHcloud customers to address their sustainability challenges by providing real-time energy consumption and their carbon footprint , through an API or web portal .

t cht lk second is how optimising that and leveraging renewable energy sources , maximising component life cycle and also reducing supply chain impact . And finally , how do we embark on the ecosystem journey working with partners . We have a partnership with Inria – National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology – to enhance sustainability monitoring and turn it into a customer-facing asset . This partnership helps OVHcloud customers to address their sustainability challenges by providing real-time energy consumption and their carbon footprint , through an API or web portal .

Can you tell us more about OVHcloud ’ s vision as a leader in the field – what do you hope to achieve ?
I think in a world where data is at the heart of all aspects of our private , social and professional lives , we want to be the trusted cloud provider – which enables each person to create and do business , freely . We want to offer an open , reversible and interoperable cloud , which is a fair and a responsible alternative . We want to put innovation to work for the empowerment of everybody and to empower people with the freedom to achieve their ambitions .
What ’ s the most useful piece of advice you ’ ve been given in your career and how do you apply this to your role ?
Hiren Parekh , VP for Northern Europe at OVHcloud
Through our commitment to creating an alternative cloud , we provide the freedom to build and the localisation which is required to solve some of those data privacy challenges by having a local data centre footprint . We also work on developing an open ecosystem community by working with partners in different areas to ensure that we can have this collaboration and help develop a sustainable industry , this is reflected in our participation in the Climate Neutral Data Centre pact .
OVHcloud ’ s Strasbourg data centre caught fire not too long ago , how do you overcome such an event and how important is having a resilient infrastructure in place ?
I think one of the key takeaways here is that the team worked day and night for weeks and our top priority was to restore the services that had been impacted .
The resilience of our model and the extreme mobilisation of our teams were decisive – this is how we were able to restore more than 98 % of services in 50 days . And we ' re not going to stop here ; we are finalising a hyper-resilience plan that will challenge the standards and protect customers even more . The key is about investing in the data centre footprint , and Disaster Recovery strategy and plans are integral to evolving in the future .
When I first joined OVHcloud , I was invited to read a book called The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and I think the very concept is the heart of where OVHcloud ’ s success lies in the way of using the principles of zero to one , one to 10 , 10 to 100 . And I think this is what you see every day with the teams working locally – you could have the best idea but if it ' s not what the market wants , then you ' ve already lost time going to market .
So , let ' s try and see how it works and evolve as we go to build the best go-to-market for a product function , or whatever it might be , even if it ' s an internal project .
I think it ' s always about the balance between strategy and execution and I think while you have a vision and a strategy that you can start , it ' s important to also in parallel start executing so you can see the results and know when to pivot and adapt . p
I think in a world where data is at the heart of all aspects of our private , social and professional lives , we want to be the trusted cloud provider – which enables each person to create and do business , freely .
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