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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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What is OVH?

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.

What is SoftLayer?

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.

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      What are some alternatives to OVH and SoftLayer?
      Scaleway
      Scaleway is the best platform to deploy BareMetal ARM & X64 SSD cloud servers. Enjoy a new cloud computing experience!
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      Hetzner Online is a professional web hosting provider and experienced data center operator. Since 1997 the company has provided private and business clients with high-performance hosting products as well as the necessary infrastructure for the efficient operation of websites.
      Rackspace OnMetal
      OnMetal servers are single-tenant, bare-metal servers provisioned via the same OpenStack API as our cloud. They can be spun up as quickly as VMs to offer the agility of multi-tenant environments with the performance of single-tenant hardware. OnMetal servers are our own design and are engineered in a highly opinionated way. We’ve made them 100 percent solid-state with external cooling, leading to increased mean time between failures (MTBF). They are also incredibly large, so you’ll need fewer of them.
      10gbps.io
      Dedicated server provider with latest technology hardware solutions and premium data delivery for bandwidth intensive businesses. All servers are fitted with high end components and unshared 10Gbps ports
      SingleHop
      SingleHop's bare metal dedicated servers offer a unique blend of on-demand computing and dedicated, predictable performance. By combining cloud-style automated deployment with physical dedicated servers, customers are able to deploy fully private computing resources in hours, not days or weeks.
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      Review ofSoftLayerSoftLayer

      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.

      How developers use OVH and SoftLayer
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      ShadowICT uses OVHOVH

      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.

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      Refractal uses OVHOVH

      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.

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      HyVive uses OVHOVH

      All of our other Services are hosted at OVH like Domains, V-Server and more...

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      Merge In uses SoftLayerSoftLayer

      We utilize SoftLayer for our hosting.

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      Veggie Sailor uses OVHOVH

      Spare backup server and monitoring.

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      azawisza uses OVHOVH

      Logs, backups, failover

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