Definition of a VPS

What is a virtual private server (VPS)?

A virtual private server is an isolated environment created on a physical server using virtualization technology. This solution offers all the advantages of a standard server, with allocated resources and full admin access. You can choose your operating system, as well as the applications you want to use, without any configuration limits. 

A VPS offers the benefits of both a web hosting plan and a physical server. It is scalable, offers high performance, and delivers a dedicated environment at an affordable price.

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Total scalability

Since your projects are likely to grow, you can also scale up the resources for your virtual private server. If you need more vCores, RAM or disk space, you can simply go to the OVHcloud Control Panel and add them. This means you only pay for the resources you need.

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Increased performance

With next-generation components, a powerful Intel architecture, and NVMe SSD storage, our VPS solutions deliver high performance. Whether you want to host your website, application or pre-production environment, you will get the very best value for money.

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A dedicated environment

Your websites and applications are based on a dedicated environment, so your storage space is isolated from other users. Our VPS platforms combine allocated hardware resources with total flexibility for configuration, leaving you free to adapt it however you want.

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Simplicity and independence

We take care of component upgrades and hardware faults. This way, you can focus on your core business. We offer a wide range of turn-key distributions (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, etc.) pre-installed on your virtual server, to offer you further simplicity.

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Unlimited traffic

Your server is delivered with unlimited traffic, and bandwidth that can reach 2Gbps depending on the solution you select. There are no hidden costs when you use your VPS. 


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Backup options

To ensure integrity for your data, we offer a range of backup options. You can manually create backups using a disk space that is external from your virtual private server, or you can schedule automated backups across 7-day rolling periods. You can also take snapshots, which are instant images of your VPS.


Host your applications on a pre-production or production environment, with an increased availability rate. Our infrastructure offers minimal latency, and hardware availability guaranteed by a service level agreement (SLA), to ensure that you always have a reliable service.

Your questions answered

How do I get started using a VPS?

We can help you with the first steps of using your virtual private server. We recommend reading our guide on Getting started with a VPS. You can choose from a number of different operating systems, including Linux and Windows (excludes the Starter model), as well as applications and CMS tools such as WordPress. If you would prefer to install a web hosting control panel, you can choose between cPanel or Plesk.

What is the advantage of using a VPS to host websites?

With a VPS, you receive a dedicated storage space to host one or more websites. You get higher performance, and can scale up your resources — CPU, RAM and storage space. A virtual private server can be adapted to suit your needs and help you control your spending, as you only pay for what you need. 

What is the difference between a VPS and a web hosting plan?

The best hosting plan for you will depend on your needs, and your level of technical skill. Web hosting plans are adapted to suit users who do not have any knowledge of server management. It enables them to host a website easily, without dealing with server configuration. For more specific needs, and for those who have experience managing a virtual server, a VPS offers a lot more flexibility (with root access), and increased performance. You get a dedicated environment, with allocated resources that can be increased. A VPS is fully configurable, and can be installed with a number of different operating systems to match your needs.