Which VPS model?

5 tips to help you choose a VPS



Which VPS model?

How do you choose between an VPS SSD and a VPS Cloud?
Here's some advice from OVH to help you choose the most suitable server model for you.

Do you need CPU, RAM, disk space or VPS geolocation? See our 5 simple tips on how to choose the most suitable VPS model for your needs.

How much RAM and which processor/hard drive do I need?

To answer these questions, first ask yourself:
How will I use my VPS today and how will I use it in a few months time?
What applications do I want to install?

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 audience

Go for VPS Cloud better scalability with loads and 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 estimate the weight of your content without worrying about growth. If the total weight of stored data of your project exceeds the weight our ranges offer, we will certainly have a solution to offer you.

I have very sensitive data

Go for the native high availibility and backup options offered by the VPS Cloud range.

I use a database

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

Should I host everything on one VPS or several?

You could separate the database from the front office and application server. Each component will individually consume fewer resources than one component that manages everything.

I use a control panel

Both Plesk and cPanel are resource-hungry, so make sure you have 2 GB of RAM if you plan to host a number of large applications; and don't forget to choose 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 and why should I geolocate my VPS?

Geolocating your host server closer to your audience is an effective and profitable strategy for improving your users' experience and increasing your search engine ranking.

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

You can also duplicate your VPS if you have high concentrations of users in different locations, but you should consider the distances for data exchange and responsiveness if communication between different servers is required.

Do I need additional IPs?

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

  • 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);
  • Using different IPs for different channels (websites, 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 (mysite.co.uk, mysite.es, mysite.it, mysite.ca, etc.) to be located in the relevant country or linguistic region: a great addition to your international SEO strategy.

Server OS: should I run Linux or Windows on my VPS?

Your skills, habits and the software you run on your server will determine your choice.

A Windows server is often required if you develop in .NET or plan to deploy Microsoft applications, or apps designed for these platforms.

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 licences on your Cloud VPS via the Control Panel.

* : Available with VPS Cloud only.

How should I evaluate my future needs?

Make your life easier: don't worry about that now! We know that your needs change, so we've chosen to support your projects over the long term. You won't necessarily need the same resources (RAM, drives, etc.) in the future as you do today. This is why our virtual private servers are scalable and can be upgraded quickly. You can scale up your VPS and upgrade to a more advanced model, or even to a more advanced range (in the near future), at any time and in just a few clicks.

How do I manage multiple websites on a VPS?

Do you want to master multiple website hosting? Would you like a centralised and simplified view of all the web projects you have on your VPS?

Take control of your websites without having to learn how to manage a server, thanks to the control panels available with OVH's VPS:

You can manage all your services on one VPS via a simplified user-friendly interface: Plesk, cPanel or the OVH Control Panel.