It was yesterday that I saw a free $100 voucher to deploy public cloud instance on OVH. So I decided to try it.
The OVH voucher code is TRIAL 10 (valid till today only, sadly).
OVH is a French company offering a wide range of internet services, mostly servers and hosting.
OVH Cloud is just one of their services providing a large number of cloud solutions that are billed on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Just like Digital Ocean, Vultr, UpCloud, Atlantic.net, and so on.
Let’s get going.
Claiming the Coupon Code
The coupon code should be put when creating a cloud project.
How to Deploy A Cloud Instance on OVH
First, log in to your account.
Second, click the Public Cloud menu on the top.
Third, click Create Project. Give it a name. Enter the voucher code if you have one.
Click the Continue button.
Next, choose your payment method: PayPal or Credit Card.
Now you’ll see several options: Create an instance, Create a Volume, Create an Object Container, Enable Private Networks, and Create Kubernetes Cluster.
Choose “Create an Instance” button.
Next, you’ll see several models of cloud instances:
- General Purpose: Instances for general use offering a good balance of RAM and performance.
- CPU: Instances with optimised computing which are ideally suited to apps that require high processing speed and parallel task processing.
- RAM: Instances with optimised memory are recommended for your databases, analyses in-memory computing, as well as other RAM-intensive apps.
- GPU: Instances with accelerated computing (GPU, FPGA) are up to 1000 times faster than a CPU for certain apps such as rendering, video transcoding, etc).
- Sandbox: Instances with shared resources (Sandbox) are suitable for testing, verifications and development environments.
- IOPS: Instances deliver the fastest disk transaction in the public cloud range.
In this example, we use the General Purpose instance.
Unlike DO or Vultr, the smallest plan available in OVH is cloud plan B2-7 that gives us 7GB RAM, 2 vCores CPU @2.3GHz, 50GB SSD storage, and unlimited bandwidth at 250Mbit/s. This plan is available for USD $26,40/month or $0.07/hour.
Now choose the cloud plan you want.
Next, select the country that you wish to deploy your cloud at.
Next, you can select the operating system. There is a wide range of options available from Linux distros to Windows. Furthermore, there are a ready-to-deploy OS + App stacks like cPanel, VestaCP, Drupal, Docker, Windows, LAMP, etc.
Here is the most important part. OVH does not give you any random of root password to log in to your cloud. Instead, you must provide an SSH key.
Next, configure your instance. Give it a name.
Optionally, you can enable automatic backup but it costs you more.
Simply click Next and choose your billing period.
Monthly plan will be cheaper than its hourly plan.
That’s it and your cloud instance will be ready in seconds.
You can use Putty to log in to your server for the very first time. Once logged in, just do not forget to create password for your root user.
Here are some benchmark results to give you a glimpse of how the cloud server perform.
As usual, we love to start it using Yet Another Benchmark Script (YABS).
The processor used in the General Purpose lineups is Intel Haswell families. Most likely it’s an E5 series (Intel Xeon).
Both ASE-NI and VM-x/AMD-V are enabled. It means you can create nested virtualization like installing OpenVZ or Virtuozzo 7.
The IOPS speed which represents how quickly a given storage device or medium can read and write commands in every second is pretty fast.
Writing and reading a block of data with 1 MB in size, it can achieve up to 600MB/s. The block size and IOPS have a snowballing effect on network traffic throughput.
Now come the Network speed test.
The iperf3 is used rather than simple wget. It is a cross-platform tool that can produce standardized performance measurements for any network.
Nowadays, iperf becomes a widely used tool for network performance measurement and tuning.
As you can see on the picture above, no location can achieve up to 250 Mbits/s which is obvious due to the network port speed capping.
This is the trade off for unmetered bandwidth OVH offer.
The Geekbench 5 benchmarking test reveals a decent result. The processor speed is not super awesome but it’s already more than expected.
What different here is RAM speed. The speed hints that it would never be the bottleneck of server’s overall performance.
The CPU performance test is done by Geekbench v4 benchmarking algorithm. The score is good even with single core processor.
Disk speed test is done by using dd test. We suggest at this write and read speed, the disk is pure SSD but not NVMe just yet.
It’s more that what you need to host any kind of web applications.
Global speed test says it all. All results from 18 locations gathered to shows you how the network connections perform across different continents, from nearby Asia to the US and Europe.
The slowest connection is to South Africa.
Impressed with the result? Tell us what do you think!