The Public Cloud lets you create virtual servers (instances) quickly and easily in just a few clicks.
These instances are similar to OVH VPS but not exactly the same.
Here are the main differences between VPS and Public Cloud instances:

  • Simple customer interface
  • Focused on a single machine
  • A large number of distributions provided

Public Cloud Instance:
  • Choose to pay monthly or by the hour
  • OpenStack API
  • Instances working together

This guide will explain how to create an instance.


  • You must be logged in to your OVH customer account
  • You must have created and configued an SSH key in your OVH customer account. Guide: Error, link to guide #1769 not found.

Launching an instance


Add a server

  • Click the Add button in the top left
  • Choose Add a server

Choose the server characteristics

  • When you click on the arrow to the right of the model a new menu will appear:
You can then choose your instance type:
  • VPS-SSD range
from 1 to 2 vCores from 2 G to 8 GB of RAM from 10 to 40 GB of storage
  • CPU range
from 2 to 32 vCores from 7 to 120 GB of Ram from 200 to 1600 GB of storage
  • RAM range
from 2 to 16 vCores from 30 to 240 GB of RAM from 200 to 1600 GB of storage

Choose the operating system

  • For example Ubuntu 14.04

Choose the datacentre region

For example Strasbourg

Select the SSH key

  • For example:
When a Windows instance has been created, it is not necessary to configure an SSH key.

Name the virtual server and restart

  • Name the virtual server
  • Choose to pay by the hour or per month.
When you create an instance and choose to pay monthly you must keep this instance for at least until the end of the current month.
  • Click Launch now