How do I choose a VPS?

Our Virtual Private Servers (or VPS) provide you with a high performance web hosting service at an affordable price. These solutions give you root (administrator) access to your own server, inside a secure infrastructure managed by OVH.

Which specs should I choose for my VPS?

I plan to install several applications on my VPS

You need more than 2 GB of RAM, especially if you're hosting both a database and a web application.

My application already has a large volume of traffic

Choose the Cloud Virtual Private Servers because they are more scalable and have more guarantees.

I have a large volume of data

Estimate the size of your database without worrying about how much it may grow (it can be upgraded).

I have a lot of content and files

You can always upgrade, so just estimate how much content you have without worrying about how much it will grow. If the total volume data exceeds the limit offered by the ranges, we will still be able to find the right solution for you.

I have some highly-sensitive data

Choose the cloud versions because of their native high availability and backup options.

I use a database

Remember to reserve some memory for your database, as databases that receive a lot of requests can consume a large volume of RAM.

Should I host everything on one VPS or several?

One strategy is to separate your web server, application server and database server. This keeps each component from fighting over the same system resources.

I use a control panel

Both Plesk and cPanel are resource-intensive, so make sure you have 2 GB of RAM to start with if you plan to host a number of large applications. Don't forget to use the correct licence.

I use a CMS

The CMS combines multiple application and development layers, and relies upon dynamic page display, which demands more CPU and RAM than a simple website.

Where should I geolocate my VPS and why?

Whether you want to provide your users with a better experience or improve your search engine ranking (SEO), geolocating your service in the country where the majority of your traffic comes from, is a very profitable strategy.

Identify your users with a web analytics tool to gauge your audience. Then look at the available OVH points of presence to determine your distribution strategy and locate your VPS nearer to where your audience is highly concentrated.

Please note, if you choose several VPS and you need them to communicate with each other, you should bear in mind that the distance between servers may affect data exchange and responsiveness.

Do I need additional IPs?

You may need to add IPs to your VPS in several cases:

  • Installing an SSL certificate;
  • Attaching a dedicated IP address to every website hosted on your server (if you don't, the websites will automatically be linked to the server's IP);
  • Use separate IPs for different channels (web, mobile applications, etc.);
  • Allocating different IPs to different services (CMS, database, etc.);
  • Allocating several IPs to a single website. This may be particularly useful for multilingual websites, allowing each domain (,,,, etc.) to be located in the relevant country or linguistic region: a great addition to your international SEO strategy.

How should I weigh up my future needs?

Keep it simple... don't worry about it yet! We're well aware that your requirements will change over time and that's why we've decided to support your projects for the long haul. The RAM you need now isn't necessarily what you'll need tomorrow and the same is true for the disk and other resources. For that reason, we've made our solutions scalable and made sure you can upgrade quickly. Scale your VPS at any time in just a few clicks to a more powerful model or range.

How can I manage several websites on a VPS?

Do you want to be able to manage multiple websites with ease? Would you like a centralised and simplified overview of all the web projects you have on your VPS?
Manage your websites without having to learn how to manage a server, thanks to the control panels available with the OVH VPS:
Plesk, cPanel and other control panels allow you to manage all your websites on a single VPS inside one ergonomic and streamlined interface.

Should I choose Linux or Windows for my VPS?

Your skills, habits and the software you run on your server will determine your choice.
If you're a .NET developer or if you're thinking about deploying applications from Microsoft or designed for these platforms, a Windows server is often the best choice.
For fans of open-source technologies, you can install most of these technologies (CMS, PHP, Mysql...) more easily in a Linux environment if you have the necessary skills. To eliminate any installation errors, you can also choose versions pre-installed by OVH.
You can install an OS and a Windows licence on your Cloud VPS via the Control Panel.

Available on Cloud Virtual Private Servers only.