Instances with stable performance at an affordable price
Discovery instances are based on shared resources, and offer the full experience and features of the Public Cloud at a lower cost. You can manage your instances with the same tools for your tests, development phases and sandbox environments. You also get great value for money in terms of features, and the ability to upgrade your solution at any time in just a few clicks.
Manageable via OpenStack APIs
Robust and economical
Designed for scaling
Boot an instance
openstack server create --flavor d2-4 --image debian server01
Boot 100 instances of the same type
openstack server create --flavor d2-4 --image debian
Resize your instance
A wide range of operating systems
Choose from a set of Unix distributions. You can also import your own images. Many formats are supported, including those associated with the most popular private and public clouds.
Discovery instances are the most accessible of the range — they are billed hourly or monthly, like all of our other instances, on a pay-as-you-go basis. The price depends on the size of the instance you have booted, and the duration of its use.
What is a sandbox environment?
A sandbox environment is an isolated runtime environment. It can be used as an airtight test and/or development environment. Since the different sequences only run within the sandbox environment, a development team can run numerous tests to validate the solidity of an application code, check the compatibility of an application with several operating systems, test and validate compatibility between application versions and different operating system versions, and much more. The sandbox environment is comparable to an actual sandbox, where developers can perform all sorts of tests and try out different ideas with no risk of impacting the production environment.
The Public Cloud universe is based on virtualization technology, which delivers a fully-isolated environment to the user. With the isolation properties of virtualization technology, the operating system and application code running inside the virtual machine cannot access, modify or read data from other virtual machines sharing the host machine. They also do not hold privileged mode access for controlling the host machine.
Why use a sandbox?
Sandbox environments can be used at different stages of the development process, up to and including an application's production stage. It is common to use one dedicated sandbox for development purposes, and another for pre-production validation testing — due to the flexibility, on-demand availability and scalability of Discovery instances, for example. During the software development cycle, it is essential to test and validate that the application code is working properly. With a sandbox environment, you can run these tests in isolation, and deploy them on a large scale. Once these tests have been validated, you can simply delete the sandbox environments, as you no longer need them.
What monthly availability commitment does OVHcloud offer on Discovery instances?
The Service Level Agreement (SLA) offers 99.95% monthly availability on Discovery instances. For further information, please refer to our SLA.
Can I resize a Discovery instance?
Yes, you can increase the size of Discovery instances. However, the size cannot be reduced.
Can I upgrade a Discovery instance to a Guaranteed Resources instance?
Yes, a Discovery instance can be upgraded to a more high-performance instance, like the models from the Guaranteed Resources range. This would mean they get 100% of the allocated power.
Do Discovery instances have any specific restrictions?
No, Discovery instances are used the same way as other instances, and have the same features. Please note that the Managed Kubernetes service can be used to orchestrate Discovery instances based on the D2-4 model, where available.
What regions are Discovery instances available in?
The Public Cloud solution is available in Europe (Gravelines, Strasbourg, London, Frankfurt, Warsaw), North America (Beauharnois, Vint Hill, Hillsboro) and the Asia-Pacific region (Sydney, Singapore).
Over the course of a month, can I switch to hourly billing from an instance that is currently billed monthly?
If you have monthly billing set up, you cannot switch to hourly billing over the course of the month. Before you launch an instance, please take care to select the billing method that is best suited to your project.