The thousand chimneys no longer smoke for a long time. And Roubaix, “Textile capital of the world” until the 1970s, kept the scars of industrial relocations: the city of the North came behind Grigny and Aubervilliers in the ranking of the poorest municipalities in mainland France and 31% of its inhabitants were unemployed. But Mayor Guillaume Delbar (various right) is looking ahead: “We are starting to see the rebirth of Roubaix, with a dynamic driven by large companies like OVH. “ OVH, three letters brandished as the banner of a local success that shines throughout France. Three letters synonymous with Petit Poucet capable of competing with the American giants Amazon and Microsoft.
This company has become the French champion of hosting and processing online data – the “cloud”, computing in the “cloud” which replaces the mainframe based in the company. All this thanks to the lowest prices on the market. So much so that today one in three French websites is hosted on its 400,000 servers, these machines where data is stored, themselves grouped together in 32 “data centers” (literally “Data centers”). As a result, OVHcloud, which has 2,450 employees worldwide and has an annual turnover of 632 million euros, has established itself as one of the rare French “unicorns”, these companies valued at more than 1 billion euros. by financiers.
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