OVH describes themselves as a global, hyper-scale provider of cloud-based and other types of hosting infrastructure. With over 650,000 cloud instances deployed each month, 27 data centers spanning four continents and 19 countries, 300,000 servers, and 18 million hosted web applications, this seems like an accurate description. They truly are a global provider and support a number of languages, offer products all across the globe, and provide 24/7 support. Their huge catalog of products includes everything from web hosting to hybrid public and private cloud to dedicated servers and VPS solutions.
Features and Ease of Use
It’s almost impossible to cover all of the features and services offered by OVH, as they are one of the most comprehensive providers in all aspects. However, you can expect all the following, and more:
- SLA-guaranteed uptimes from 99.95% to 99.9%
- Domain registration, which is included for free with some plans
- Free and purchasable SSL certificates
- 100GB to 500GB of storage with web hosting and unlimited bandwidth
- Add-on domains are possible
- Free backup and restore with scheduler
OVH’s global data center and network infrastructure is what makes their huge number of services, products, and features possible at the scale and quality that they offer. Across the board, they can provision servers or solutions in a matter of minutes, which can also be scaled instantly at any time thereafter.
With their public cloud infrastructure, customers can create global VPN networks with guaranteed bandwidth and automatic failovers to keep their servers up. It also comes with a number of tools to manage these instances, such as OpenStack. Their VPS products are just as good with SLA-guaranteed uptimes from 99.95% to 99.9%.
Their interconnected global network infrastructure is also set up according to the most current and effective peering standards. Load balancing, geo-independent DNS serving, massive bandwidth (from 250 Mbit burstable up to 3 Gbit), failover IPs, and anti-DDoS protection are all included as a matter of course.
You can also augment your hosting with Microsoft Exchange packages, premium SSL certificates, etc. – all thanks to their myriad of industry partnerships.
Pricing and Support
OVH has a huge number of hosting plans and types, and it can be very overwhelming to dig through it and find exactly what you’re looking for. However, the prices themselves are relatively affordable for such an upmarket hosting provider. With most web hosting packages, they include domain names free for the first year and you’ll have unlimited data transfer with any product.
Their web hosting consists of four plans of which the first two are pretty standard, the third is a cloud-based solution with Node.js, and the fourth is a semi-dedicated plan where you can choose your CPU cores and RAM. SSL costs extra. There is a very basic free plan offered if you purchase a domain for a year or more. Prices for these are very affordable.
Their Plesk plans make it possible to run reseller services on a VPS machine. There are three plans suitable for small to medium resellers with a Pro Plesk license and two packages for enterprise-scale resellers with a Plesk unlimited license. SSL via Let’s Encrypt is included.
You can pick and choose from a huge list of preconfigured dedicated servers that can then be further customized. The plans for these offer monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual billing. They have machines for a variety of purposes from Gaming to Enterprise software solutions to Hosting. Plans vary by location, storage configurations, network speeds, and more.
They then offer a huge number of products that range from SDDC (Software-defined data centers) to various VPS products (from SSD to RAM-heavy) to hybrid cloud solutions. You should carefully inspect the terms, billing options, and features for all products as they can vary dramatically.
In line with their hosting product offering, OVH provides premium-level customer support that’s location-based on a 24/7 basis with all of their products. Unfortunately, there is no live chat support but you can reach them via email or a dedicated international phone line at a local rate (during office hours). They are also very active on social media as well as on their community forum where you can get help from other customers as well as representatives.