5 Reasons for Choosing a VPS before Moving to Dedicated Infrastructure

Are your projects restricted by your web hosting system? Are you looking towards dedicated servers but reluctant to take the plunge? Then a VPS is ideal for this phase!

1. Free yourself from the hassle of hardware

Managing dedicated infrastructure requires a considerable level of hardware knowledge. As Benjamin Fichel, Technical Manager for VPS at OVH, points out, "Basing your entire business on one server, without having much experience and without knowing how to secure your platform is a disaster waiting to happen. You need several machines to build a solid dedicated infrastructure, which means a much greater level of skill in systems administration and a much bigger financial investment."

And that's where the VPS come in, providing an opportunity to handle the administration without knowing all the subtleties of hardware from the outset. For example, there's no need to panic over minor component issues. The OVH teams and systems (see box) will react intermediately. "With a VPS, gone are the sleepless nights spent reinstalling your data when a disk packs in! The service reboots automatically on another physical server, without losing any data."

The OVH team in Brest monitors the VPS infrastructure 24/7.

3. Make your choice based on price and quality 2. Make your choice based on price and quality

In financial terms, a VPS is an excellent compromise. For a modest price, OVH provides powerful and scalable resources to bring your projects into fruition. And above all, a VPS provides solid guarantees in terms of availability. "Many developers and smalls businesses don't have the budget for two servers," Benjamin explains. "As a result, they are unable to install or replicate. If the processor or a RAM is damaged, then their services will not be available...and you can imagine the consequences on turnover!"
OVH has used its internet and cloud computing expertise to build a robust architecture for its virtual private servers. Maximum uptime is guaranteed and is largely based on the strength of Dedicated Cloud, which has been awarded several international prizes.

OVH has built a robust architecture for its virtual private servers, which is largely based on the power of Dedicated Cloud.

3. Make simplicity a priority

Making the move from a web hosting package, with everything managed by OVH from A to Z, to a dedicated server, where everything you do is at the risk of your machine crashing, is enough to make anyone break into a cold sweat. The VPS has thus been designed to make this transition as smooth as possible. OVH provides a set of features for its virtual servers via the Web Control Panel. Without the need for advanced knowledge of managing servers, these tools enable you to take control of your VPS and carry out the essential operations with ease: reboot, reinstallation, upgrade, activation of options and monitoring. What's more, developers can also access all these features via a secure, comprehensive and easy-to-use application programming interface (API) with REST technology.

4. Save time

Whether you're looking to concentrate on your core business (e.g. hosting websites and applications) or you're taking your first steps in server administration, a VPS allows you to save precious time. Resources are instantly available and the software for running them can be deployed in a matter of clicks. Bare distributions, preinstalled content management systems, control panels and even development architectures: OVH offers over 15 ready-to-go work environments in total with every VPS purchase, and you can change your mind at any time with the reinstallation function.

When you purchase a VPS it comes with over 15 work environments, including PrestaShop for e-commerce.

5. Don't get tied down

A VPS will fit perfectly into hybrid architecture, whether it's used as the first building block or an infrastructure add-on. "Some developers stick with virtual private servers because they feel at ease and they don't want the hassle of managing the hardware," explains Benjamin. "However, many professionals use them for some stages of their projects - the test phase in particular - and dedicated servers for other. The two environments really complement one another."

Human intervention when you need it.

All functions available to users (reinstallation, reboot, shutdown, adding IPs, etc.) are monitored 24/7 by an on-call team. If the slightest issue occurs, the OVH specialists are ready to take over to ensure the task is carried out as quickly as possible. "Rebooting a VPS takes around 30 seconds", explains Benjamin Fichel. "If an error occurs with a request for any reason, we will intervene immediately. The reboot will take a little longer than expected - less than 5 minutes - but it will be followed through to the end. It's a real measure of quality for our customers: all their requests are dealt with promptly."