This is exciting news.
It appears OVH has launched three new locations in Poland, Singapore and Australia. Poland is very exciting as there are relatively few providers in that region and it provides nice central European connectivity for Western Europe and also areas in the East such as Russia, China, etc.
Singapore and Australia are very interesting as well as Singapore would appeal to Southeast Asian customers such as China, Japan, Hong Kong and others. Australia is probably one of the biggest interests as Australian customers are limited on their expensive options within their own country.
However I have spoken to a friend who lives in Australia who has stated that an Australian hosting provider within Australia has to comply with some really strict rules compared to worldwide standards such as the United States, Canada and Europe regarding data retention of customers.
I think the Singapore option would suit Australian customers who wish to bypass that silliness as the connectivity would have some additional latency but not be too much.
Like with all locations, anti-DDOS is included which is a great industry game changer as to stay competitive other hosting providers in Poland, Singapore and Australia would need to meet or exceed what OVH can provide. However many will be disappointed at the 3 TB/mo on 1 Gbps bandwidth allocation that OVH is providing with this launch however if you exceed 3 TB/mo on this offer, your bandwidth is throttled down to 10 Mbps.
The hardware being offered is:
- Intel Xeon E3-1245v5
- 4 Cores / 8 Threads
- 3.5 GHz / 3.9 GHz
- 32 GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz
- Your choice of 2x 2TB SATA or 2x 480GB SSD
- 3 TB/mo @ 1 Gbps
$129/mo (40% discount and limited offer until 10/30 or if 750 participants sign up)
I think the great news is this offers an alternative to SoftLayer being one of the “major” providers in the area and could increase the competition which benefits us all. For the VPS customer, this means more offers from a variety of companies with servers in Poland, Singapore and Australia that are using OVH as their infrastructure provider.
So prepare to start seeing such offers from hosting providers real soon.
The only limitation at this time is IP addresses with this offer as there is only 1 IPv4 provided with signing up and it appears that the 16 IPv4 address limitation on their other brands (SoYouStart) is going to be put on these locations. This may upset some however many hosting providers can maneuver around this by adapting their services to the limitation with options such as NAT VPS services or IPv6 only services as OVH generously offers IPv6 blocks to their customers.