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OVH is a French cloud computing company that offers VPS, dedicated servers and other web services. The company was founded in 1999 by the Klaba family and is headquartered in Roubaix, France. OVH is incorporated as a simplified joint-stock company under French law.

IndustryCloud computing, Hosting
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
Key people
  • Octave Klaba
    (Founder, Chairman, CEO)[1]
  • Henryk Klaba
  • Miroslaw Klaba
    (R&D director)
ProductsVPS, Hosting, Web hosting, DSL
RevenueIncrease 320 million (2016)[2]


History and growthEdit

OVH was founded in 1999 by Octave Klaba, with the help of three family members (Henry, Haline, and Miroslaw). In October 2016, it was reported that OVH raised $250 million in order to raise further international expansion.[3] This funding round valued OVH at over US$1 billion. In the fiscal year of 2016, OVH reportedly had €320 million in revenue.

Facts and figuresEdit

As of 2018, OVH has 27 datacenters in 19 countries hosting 300,000 servers.[4] The company offers localized services such as customer service offices in many European countries, as well as in North America and Africa.

OVH is one of the sponsors for Let's Encrypt.[5]


In December 2010, French Gizmodo edition revealed that WikiLeaks selected OVH as its new hosting provider, following Amazon's refusal to host it.[6] On December 3, the growing controversy prompted Eric Besson, France's Industry Minister, to inquire about legal ways to prohibit this hosting in France. The attempt failed. On December 6, 2010, a judge ruled that there was no need for OVH to cease hosting WikiLeaks.[7] The case was rejected on the grounds that such a case required an adversarial hearing.[8]

Information disclosure and multiple vulnerabilitiesEdit

In January 2019, the magazine WebsitePlanet uncovered client-side vulnerability in some of the largest hosting companies in the world: Bluehost, DreamHost, HostGator, iPage and OVH.[9]


  1. ^ "OVH reorganises its governance to support new acceleration phase". OVH.
  2. ^ "OVH Mag, Actualités, innovetions & tendances IT" (in French). No. June 2014. OVH. p. 2.
  3. ^ "OVH Partners with KKR and TowerBrook for Further Global Expansion". exithub. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "About - OVH Canada". OVH. Archived from the original on 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  5. ^ Gilbert, Guillaume (December 22, 2015). "OVH Commits to Let's Encrypt to Provide Free SSL Certificates". OVH.COM. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  6. ^ Greenberg, Andy (September 13, 2012). This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Hacktivists, and Cypherpunks Are Freeing the World's Information. New York (New York), USA: Random House. ISBN 978-0-753-54801-1. Retrieved 2015-07-23. Within days, they had registered the URL and set up an SSLprotected site and a Tor Hidden Service in an OVH data center in the French city of Roubaix, the same one that briefly housed WikiLeaks' publications until they migrated to Sweden.
  7. ^ French web host need not shut down WikiLeaks site: judge (AFP)
  8. ^ "Following the wikileaks case". OVH. 6 December 2010. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Report: We Tested 5 Popular Web Hosting Companies & All Were Easily Hacked". Website Planet. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

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