Hosting at OVH

We've been supporting all our clients since 1999, whether they were beginners, webmasters, system administrators or IT managers. Our qualified support team made up of developers and administrators can help you setup your web projects. The 18 million applications and 260,000 servers hosted by OVH make us the Third largest webhosting provider in the world and first in Europe.
Thanks to our continuous innovation process, we design our own servers and develop web solutions giving you a lot of room for configuration, thanks to customized, scalable, high performance product offers.

3 different ways to host your web projects

OVH proposes 3 different ways to host your projects: VPS, dedicated servers and Private Cloud. How can you choose the most suitable offer for your project?


For a few dollars per month, you can have a virtual machine that will grow and change with your site.

We take care of the hardware for you.
Get full control of a virtual server and work with a range of services at a value that can't be beat.

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Dedicated Servers

Latest generation hardware with the largest selection of OS on the market and all of OVH's innovation combined in high performance servers.

Enjoy full control and total freedom of management on your own machine.


Private Cloud

Our customers have access to hosts and resources ressources on fully dedicated, highly available infrastructures.

Choose your hypervisor and your ressources, then build a virtual datacenter with on-demand physical resources to expand your activities.

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How does hosting work?

OVH builds its own servers and makes them available to its customers. You will be granted different levels of access depending on the hosting offer you choose: hardware, virtualization and virtual machines. Each product offer also provides its own degree of freedom. Here's a comparative table of the main features:

VPS Dedicated Servers Private Cloud
Access levels
Virtual machine (VMaaS) VM VM VM
Virtualization (VaaS) -
Hardware -
Degrees of freedom
Machine root
VM creation / modification and full access to the hypervisor -
Bare-metal installation and full reinstallation - -
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Hosting in Canada or in France: what's the difference?

You can choose between hosting in Canada, more specifically in Beauharnois (Quebec), or hosting in France. The choice for a datacenter will have an impact on your reference as well as file transfer speed. That is why we recommend that you choose to host your server as close to your targeted users as possible. For users based in the US, we recommend a Canadian hosting.

What types of projects can we host at OVH?

Beyond the traditional websites and online applications, your hosting project can have many other purposes: video games, development, testing, streaming, databases, CRM, accounting, human resources, simulations, computing, desktop publishing, statistics, forecasts...

When should you scale your hosting project?

VPS Private Cloud

You have 99.99% availability and want to reach 100%? You want to modify, clone or replicate your virtual machines and move them from one datacentre to another? You want to be alone on your infrastructure and enjoy the full power of its resources? Then the Private Cloud is a great option to consider.

You can also compare your current monthly investment to that represented by the Private Cloud. Starting at 10 VPS Cloud 3, for instance it isn't recommended to migrate towards the Private Cloud.

Dedicated server Private Cloud

Several factors can be taken into consideration when deciding to switch from one product to another: the need to get full virtualization, the need for 100% SLA, or the need for more flexibility to deploy resources (resources by the hour). In addition to reducing maintenance times, the Private Cloud has numerous functions that can be deployed automatically, notably adding resources (hosts/datacenter) and deploying VMware or Hyper-V extensions.

When your fleet of machines is virtualized at more than 60% or when you have more than 5 dedicated servers, we recommend that you switch to Private Cloud.

VPS Dedicated server

Did you learn the basics of administrating your VPS and want to go further in managing a physical server or you maybe you need more freedom? The bare-metal dedicated server provides fully private resources (non shared) to guarantee high efficiency.

Using a dedicated physical server can also be clearly stipulated as a mandatory specification to a contract you've entered into with a final user. This can also be the case with customer from a web agency who wants to retain ownership of his hosting service.

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