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Dedicated servers 2013

10-22-2012, 08:02 PM

for the range of "Dedicated Server 2013", we wanted to see and improve our proposal to strip the amount bandwidth that we want to include in dedicated servers. Indeed, the 2009-2011 growth on dedicated servers was provided mostly by virtualization. And therefore our server lines were particularly boosted in quantity of RAM per server. We feel that the growth 2011-2014 will be provided by cloud services and thus the quality of the network will be particularly watched (in addition to everything else).

Bandwidth 2013
The biggest problem we had to solve, was separating the bandwidth limit per customer.

This limitation had been put in place to allow to offer cheap kimsufi server with 100 Mb/s unlimited bandwith, while avoiding to end up with customers who take full Kimsufi just to benefit from the 100 Mb/s. We therefore set up a "server with bandwidth unlimited, but limited by client." But hey, we regularly had customers who create as many identifiers as servers and exceed this limitation until it is ultimately even disregarded internally .. This is why we decided to remove the bandwidth limitation bandwidth by customer: it's unlimited per client.

And therefore:
Bandwidth on the SP line is 100 Mb/s guaranteed and no limit per customer. Ie you can take SP 100 servers and have 10 Gb/s. It was not possible before, but now it is.

The bandwidth range of EG / MG is 200 Mb/s guaranteed. You can increase the server bandwidth up to 1 Gb/s in increments of 100 Mb/s. The price is 100 Mb/s = 123 /month. 10 servers with EG / MG, you can do 2 Gb/s guaranteed and add-ons up to 10 Gb/s bandwidth.

Bandwidth on the HG range is up to 300 Mb/s guaranteed. You can increase the bandwidth server up to 3 Gb/s, in increments of 100 Mb/s.
The price is 100 Mb/s = 123 /month. And thus with only 3 servers, you can charge almost 10 Gb/s.

Bandwidth will be available in France in 2013 and in all subsidiaries in the same way. We in fact try to harmonise offers, differentiate from our competitors by offering guaranteed bandwidth up to 3 Gb/s by unlimited server per customer.

Kimsufi Servers range will pass from "unlimited per server but restricted by client" to "limited per server but unlimited per client".
Obviously, it is more logical and easier to explain. OVH servers are connected at 100 Mb/s and have a limit of 5 TB/month outgoing traffic. 5 TB is 5x disk space of OVH servers. It is largely "sufficient" for a server "Is Genoeg". If your server exceeds 5 TB traffic out per month, the server port switches 10 Mb/s and you can continue without charge limit but at 10 Mb/s. We do not apply any other limitation. At the beginning of the month, you must enter the manager to return your server to 100 Mb/s. If you really want to have more 100 Mb/s just buy traffic: 1 TB = 6 /month. At this moment, the robot returns your server to 100 Mb/s.

Why and how?

Q: Why this change?
A: We note that more and more customers are demanding in terms of bandwidth. We see daily from customers who change host "best-effort" and rock with us for our network. 14 months our network had a growth of madness! We went from 300 Gb/s output from our network to over 800 Gb/s. In only 14 months! And counting! Why? Many EG / MG / HG sold with a lot of bandwidth through the network quality. We exceeded 130 000 servers in our DCs.

Q: Why is the quality of the network becoming more important than in the past?
A: The average bandwidth per server triples 2 years thanks to, or because of the cloud. In this context, even if we offer full CPU, RAM or disk, all this does not make sense if we do not offer you quality on the network.
Cloud requirements are close to the VoIP bandwidth requirements: continuous with packets that arrive without delays in the correct order and therefore no congestion in the network. How does Cloud translate to OVH? Our customers have many new projects with lots of content and therefore full disk space and therefore full band bandwidth.

Q: How can you ensure the bandwidth guarantee for each server?
A: With constant investment in the network since 2006, OVH is the only one in Europe today to have the network in peer with all European ISPs. We are present in every country, Madrid to Warsaw, Vienna and London, and we sell traffic to all national ISP directly to their country. This reduces the latency of the network and increases capacity through ongoing discussions with all these operators. In all we 1540 Gb/s of capacity in Europe, 66 % in peering! In France we have 80 Gb/s peering with Orange, 100 Gb/s with Free, 50 Gb/s with SFR, 20 Gb/s with Bouygues, 10 Gb/s with Numericable. In Germany we have 40 Gb/s with T-Systems, 40 Gb/s with TPSA in Poland, Italy with 30 Gb/s from Telecom Italia, etc etc.. In total 960 Gb/s peering directly to ISPs in Europe!

At the same time we started to develop our network in the USA. We have begun to pass almost 10-15 % of our live traffic via our network in USA. Indeed, while it is becoming better connected with ISPs from USA and Canada there is also improvements with ISPs from Brazil and Argentina as well as Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and India. The USA is a mega hub bandwidth-wise and everyone is there. Once we improve our peering in the U.S., you benefit directly because the two networks are interconnected with 200 Gb/s of capacity that we have between Europe and the USA.

We also note that as soon as one improves the path to a country, the traffic to this country begins to double every 6 months. There is no mistake of this bandwidth quality, as quality is what draws future customers. In all we have 1970 Gb/s capacity between our network and the Internet (Europe + USA + Canada). 2 Tb/s which will pass to 2,5 Tb/s before the end of the year.

It does not do well to have a "network sale", because quality is expensive. We also don't want to over-charge to promote the development of your projects on our network. Finally, we will not offer "best-effort", because we don't want the OVH brand to be equivalent to "non-quality". We want people to see OVH when they think of quality, and think of Quality when they see OVH. So this is how we are summarising the "2013 bandwidth".