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OVH is a leading French-based hosting provider that provides a full range of web hosting and server hosting designed to fit a variety of clients from small website owners all the way to large businesses seeking the latest cloud infrastructure solutions for their business. OVH, though originally begun in France, currently offers services to businesses and individuals worldwide spanning multiple continents and is one of the largest hosting providers in the world.
OVH was originally founded in 1999 by Octave Klaba in Lille, France. In the following years, OVH began to grow and expand its services across France and the rest of Europe in 2006 when it opened its first subsidiaries in Poland, Spain and Senegal.
Today, it is the largest hosting provider across all of Europe. Just a few years later, the company began to expand into Africa and eventually into the United States and Canada making it a worldwide player in the hosting server market. OVH plays host to as many as 18 million websites and current has almost 3 million domain names registered through their service.
OVH offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of website owners and businesses. Some of their most commonly used services are:
VPS Hosting - OVH offers several different VPS hosting plans that allow you to control your own little corner of the web. Using this server, you will have full control over your portion of the server and are free to use it any way you need without any interference from OVH.
Dedicated Servers - If you or your business needs a little more power or needs to host an Exchange server or various cloud services, OVH offers several different dedicated server options that are broken up by speed, size and bandwidth. This allows you to save money while choosing the exact type of server that meets the needs of your business.
Cloud - The cloud is here and more and more businesses are converting their local file servers and applications into cloud based services that can be accessed anywhere. If you want to do this, you need to find a service that can provide safe and reliable cloud services. OVH offers a variety of cloud based plans perfect for anyone looking to create their own cloud on the Internet.
At the time of this writing, OVH currently supports a total of 15 data centers located around the world including data centers in Paris, Toronto, New York and more. OVH supports and maintains their own data centers, instead of leasing equipment from other companies as many providers. The company also provides some of the fastest available speeds in the business giving their customers a minimum of 1 Gbps all the way up to 40 Gbps for the larger customers who require more bandwidth.
OVH provides customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but their solutions are not designed for IT newbies. Most of their solutions provide you the framework to do what you want but you will have to configure those options for yourself. While you can get the help you need if something doesn’t work as intended, you may find yourself having to wait. OVH believes you are the expert and gives you the freedom to run your server how you want without interference from them.
Like many providers, OVH boasts an uptime of above 99% and delivers on that promise. This figure, of course, doesn’t include any maintenance that must be performed on the server to ensure its continued security and viability moving forward.
OVH offers some of the best security options in the business as well. As you can probably imagine, if you are hosting an Exchange email server or a cloud based file server for your company, you want to make sure your sensitive data is protected. OVH runs hardware based firewalls to shield your server from attack. OVH also employs DDoS security to discourage and prevent denial of service attacks on your server.
OVH offers competitive prices on all their many different server options and most are billed on a monthly basis. Some of their larger packages including dedicated servers and cloud hosting solutions also have setup fees associated with it.
Unlike other companies, OVH does not offer any refunds on their servers meaning if you aren’t happy, you will be out the money including any setup fees. However, OVH does offer an interesting payment extension policy that will allow you to delay billing for up to 5 days if you need a little extra time to pay your bill. This isn’t free time, however, and you will be charged for the additional 5 days when you are billed.
Despite a somewhat rough history with their service, OVH offers a wide variety of features and services designed for a wide range of customers both small and large. Their systems are setup to expand easily so you can easily add services when necessary as your needs or the needs of your business expand. If you are in search of a one-stop solution to host all your needs including cloud solutions, email and web hosting, OVH is a company you should consider.
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I have used OVH twice to host my sites. The first time was for a student project, the second was for a business that I launched. Both times I used the basic offers and also ordered the domain names through their service.
In both cases, I found the service to be professional, adequate and working perfectly. I never really experienced a problem using their services. If I had to indicate a downside concerning this service, it is the interface of the dashboard, even if it does the job and is quite complete, I found it quite austere and had an old UI/design.
i was looking for a good prices and good service, my friend already told me about the ovh and i come to check so, im happy for now, good services, good prices , i've SP-32 dedicated Server and my very satisfied. i see just bad reviews about ovh but they are just bad experiencies. u guys can for sure go on with ovh !
The only thing that i miss sometimes is support, when i ask something they only send 'tutorials links' ok but sometimes the awsner are not in the tutorials so i need more 'deep' support. but its ok ! Thanks!
We've been a client of OVH for many years and we've never had solid support. Everytime we ask a question, we're always replied to with a vague link to some documentation or worse; that they can't help with the problem even though it's obviously about the hosting itself. You get what you pay for...
OVH offers a great Manager panel in order to manage your VPS and/or dedicated servers. The main problem is the downtimes. These are disasters.
Some downtimes are caused from unserious reasons. But the main problem is their response. I am using OVH for 2 months, I have faced 3 downtimes and their response is average 4 hours.
OVH are probably one of the best hosting providers in the world. Their admin interface is something to behold and offers configuration of pretty much everything you could ever ask for. Their up times are solid when you factor in things such as them getting hit with one of the largest DDoS attacks ever recorded and their upload download speeds are sky high, plus, for the quality of the service being offered the price is phenomenal.
There is of course one caveat to this. If you are a newby who doesn't understand networking infrastructure or the client server modal and the software running these machines etc then you should not use them. They expect you to be an expert before you use their services.
If you call them up and ask how you can correctly configure your WHM install then you will be, quite rightly, laughed off the phone instead of hand-held through the process. Personally, as a professional that is exactly how I like things to be. I do not enjoy having to call up hosts because I do not have sudo on my virtual machine, I don't like hosts configuring my boxes for me and I do not like hosts that rollout forced updates etc.
My whole job is to make sure that our servers are singing sweetly together, this is what I do, and it works really well with OVH. If you are just getting started or you are in over you head then go to GoDaddy.
Works very good and reliable. If you know how it works this is according me the best deal you can get. If you need support (and you can't find it on the internet) than go to another provider.
A lot of info is in French and feedback upon support requests is slow. For me it is a perfect provider (also the solution for diskcapacity via www.hubic.com - also OHV - works perfect and fast)
I am using OVH 3 months and I have never been treated like that. Their machines performance is nice, but when something happens, like SSH access port failure or any other service issue that needs support, they respond in 18 hours. That is a disaster. I cannot even login in my SSH for 3 days.
I purchased two small VPS before 3 months and I am really very disappointed. I am going to move to another company. Their support is the worst ever I have faced in my life. 24 hours average response with really NO practical help.
Absolutely not recommended. Very nice admin panel, but without human response it is absolutely nothing. SSH service stops and start anytime and no one is there to see what is happening.
OVH is a well known hosting provider worldwide so I decided to go with it for my business websites. My company is located in Europe so their europian servers were the best fit. I have noticed that the uptime on the server is less than 97% which can be a problem for businesses and different companies, but to me it is not a big problem.
I have configured the most important websites with CloudFlare so that they can be online all the time. During the initial setup of my websites I have contacted OVH support team somehow more than necessary and they have helped me a lot, they didn't fix some issues for me though. Everything else has worked great.
I am very satisfied with the control panel for my hosting management and think that it was a good choice for me. It is great for the price it has, but not perfect. After all, perfection doesn't exist. I would recommend OVH to every business and company based in Europe or the USA since it has datacenters there to make the website blazing fast.
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