| ||Ask HN: Why are cheaper hosting services like OVH not very popular?|
81 points by rgun 32 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 66 comments |
|We recently decided to move from AWS to OVH, primarily for saving money. We realized that the bulk of our AWS bill was made of EC2 and Data transfer costs. So, leaving S3, Cloudfront and SES, we moved everything away from AWS. The costs have become less than half.|
My question is:
Why is OVH not as popular as AWS, Google Cloud or Azure among startups when it is so much more cheaper?.
I am aware of the following drawbacks of OVH:
These maybe big factors for large corporations but I think that a startup which starts with a small monolith (or a handful of services) and is focused on eventual profitability may benefit from using services like OVH.
* No disk replication i.e unlike EBS or Google disk, if my disk fails, I am at the mercy of my backups (given no RAID)
* No private network for all the servers by default. Unlike AWS security groups or Google Cloud private networks (which are setup by default), I will have to pay for vRack to setup a private network and is more complicated.
* Decreased flexibility i.e I may not be able to spin up instances instantaneously or shut down instances to save costs in off peak times.
Am I missing something here?
Also, please let me know of any better and cheaper services out there than OVH.
Edit: I would add that we have moved to OVH dedicated servers not VPS.
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