How to choose the best 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 access (administrator) to your own server, inside a secure infrastructure managed by OVH.

Which specifications does my VPS need?

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

Make the Cloud versions your preferred choice 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 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 should I geolocalize my VPS and why?

Whether you want to provide your users with a more enjoyable experience or improve search engine optimization (SEO) for your website by making it faster, geolocalizing your web hosting service in the country where your audience is the strongest is a very profitable strategy.

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);
  • 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 evaluate 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 upgrading is fast: you can scale your VPS at any time in just a few clicks to a more powerful model or series.

How can I manage several 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 the OVH VPS:
Plesk, cPanel ou d'autre interfaces de gestion vous permettent de gérer l’ensemble de vos sites sur un même VPS dans une interface ergonomique et simplifiée.

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.

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