OVH Launches 3 New Locations- Poland, Singapore and Australia

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.

OVH VPS #1 Review – Solid As A Rock

Regardless of everybody’s opinion on OVH, you can’t fault them for running a reliable and affordable service.

Yes I know about the occasional downtime at their BHS location but over the past few months after the fiber outage at BHS, it’s been pretty reliable and you can’t really go wrong with a KVM virtualized VPS for $3.49 per month that has 1 vCPU at 2.4Ghz, 2GB of RAM and 10GB SSD of local RAID10.

The only thing I could think of is if the option was available for more SATA disk space would be more attractive due to the low disk space being offered but regardless some people can make this work and some would complain about 10GB SSD not being enough.

I run LibreNMS on this OVH VPS #1 instance and it’s reliable for what I need it for.


You could use a OVH VPS #1 for the following services:

  • VPN server
  • Mail server
  • IRC / XMPP server
  • Nginx server part of a CDN service
  • DNS server part of a cPanel DNS Only cluster

Plus much much more!

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0752 EST
Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0752 EST

The network benchmarks are acceptable.

Please note- your OVH VPS #1 is on a 100Mbps port, not a 1Gbps port or higher, so this is why the network speeds look “slow”.

I have never had any issues with the network performance due to the 100Mbps port so if you’re looking for the biggest numbers, you won’t be satisfied about this network port issue however I’ve never had an issue and regularly forget that it’s not on a 1Gbps port but it doesn’t matter to me.

I will say that using this benchmark script and the speedtest locations that OVH gets some of the best, consistent results using this benchmark script when usually Colo@’s Atlanta speed test is notorious for being the slowest and Linode’s Tokyo location providing similar results however if you look, Colo@’s speed is almost the full 100Mbps and Linode’s Tokyo speeds are very respectable considering the location from Montreal, Quebec for OVH’s BHS location connecting all the way to Tokyo, Japan.


Conclusion:

I know I’m going to receive a lot of grief about this upcoming statement but I’m a very satisfied OVH customer.

Do I 100% agree with everything OVH does, including their pricing and policies? Of course not. I really wish the VPS services were more competitive with resources other than being low cost.

I would have no hesitation hosting something “production” on the OVH VPS #1 service however this production service would have some kind of failover such as if the OVH VPS #1 service became responsive, another production quality service with a premium provider or on a physical dedicated server was ready on standby to takeover if OVH’s BHS location is having network issues or a power outage.

Other providers aren’t doing OpenStack based KVM services with 1 vCPU and 2GB of RAM for $3.49 and most would charge $5 – $8 per month for such resources if they could even come close enough to that price. If it was OpenVZ, which you can oversell, they could easily do it. However KVM is reliable and solid, which OpenVZ is also if it’s not oversold.

OVH SSD VPS #1 Review

OVH LogoI’ve been an OVH customer for about 6 months now.

I have used a variety of their dedicated servers and use their VPS services from time to time for being a “front face” to a project where I use the dedicated server as part of the back end. For example, I run a MariaDB server for all my SQL needs instead of multiple SQL servers on this dedicated server. I run LibreNMS on the OVH SSD VPS #1 and use my OVH dedicated server for hosting the SQL database. It’s nothing advanced but I like if the VPS goes down or is inaccessible, I’ve got the data running on another SQL server.

Later on, I’ll get replication working where the data will be replicated to Chicago in case the OVH network goes completely down.
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