OVH vs SoftLayer: What are the differences?
OVH: Dedicated infrastructure for your business. Hundreds of new servers are installed in our 12 datacenters everyday. For our clients, this guarantees bare-metal resources accessible in less than an hour, and the liberty to use it to rollout the software of their choice. The many functions available on our dedicated servers allow our clients to manage their infrastructure autonomously; SoftLayer: SoftLayer provides on-demand IT infrastructure, dedicated servers and cloud resources. SoftLayer dedicated servers give you options from entry-level single processor servers to quad proc, hex-core, and even GPU-powered workhorses. They're all deployed in real time via our portal or API.
OVH and SoftLayer can be primarily classified as "Dedicated Cloud Hosting" tools.
Some of the features offered by OVH are:
- Delivery of servers in less than an hour 24/7/365
- Full user control
- Guaranteed bandwidth
On the other hand, SoftLayer provides the following key features:
- 5TB public outbound bandwidth, standard
- 100Mbps network uplinks, standard
- More starting RAM in most servers
"Cost effective" is the primary reason why developers consider OVH over the competitors, whereas "Dedicated hardware" was stated as the key factor in picking SoftLayer.
According to the StackShare community, OVH has a broader approval, being mentioned in 66 company stacks & 24 developers stacks; compared to SoftLayer, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.
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We use Hetzner Online AG since the inception of our business, because of the great prices, marvelous support and great interface (especially the new cloud interface). Other options that we tested are DigitalOcean (was more expensive than the new hetzner cloud and didn't offer "huge" dedicated servers), @Vultr (about the same issue as with DigitalOcean , although the prices were better), OVH (Prices, old interface, no "tiny" packages and [at least back at the day] only monthly payment) and Living Bots (Only dedicated servers, too expensive for our needs).
Hetzner offered the best spectrum of servers and has great prices and REALLY great prices in the server auctions.
We use a mix of dedicated and cloud servers with SoftLayer and the service has been amazing. Great performance, great networking and for a really good price. The time of provisioning is sometimes longer than advertised, which can be a problem depending on your needs. Also while their API seems very powerful the documentation is not great.
We use OVH to host the majority of our servers spread across the globe. This allows us to have a single point of contact for our main hosting when issues arise as well as giving us the ability to quickly failover servers when needed. OVH also helps us by keeping the price we pay for servers down therefore keeping the fees on our products themselves down.
The majority of our dedicated servers are hosted with OVH, due to their competitive pricing, easy to use control panels and quick on-site support options.