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Getting started with CloudDB

Databases Made Easy!

Have you got a website or application which needs a database, but you don't really want to have to manage it?

Discover the CloudDB service now! OVH takes care of everything!


Why use a managed database?

This service arose from a simple truth: even if you know how to do it, managing a database is not necessarily your priority. Security, updates, monitoring, rights management, performance, ... all of this can start to become a bit tricky!

So why not leave this all to OVH so you can concentrate on your business or project?

This is the aim. Whether you are an individual, a professional, with limited requirements or an entire cluster, our aim is to address the entire market.

The advantages of CloudDB

Simple and quick:

  • Create SQL databases via the Control Panel
  • Unlimited number of databases (depending on the available disk space)
  • Up to 200 concurrent connections
  • Management of associated users and rights via the Control Panel
  • Access to metrics via the Control Panel
  • Acess to logs

High performance:

  • Guaranteed RAM resources
  • Approved infrastructure


  • 24/7 monitoring from our teams
  • Automatic daily backups
  • Mandatory IP authorisation


  • Compatible with all OVH products (apart from web hosting), and more generally with all products connected to the internet
  • Choice of SQL version and ability to change to a higher version at any time

Databases offered

When you sign up for CloudDB, you can choose between multiple database systems


  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MariaDB

Each instance has its own dedicated resources. The database(s) that it contains, share their resources.

Order CloudDB

Log in to the Control Panel

In order to create your instance and then your databases, you have to go to the Control Panel.


Once you are in the Control Panel, click on "Databases", then on Order databases.

commande manager

Place an order, choosing the elements below:

  • "CloudDB"
  • "Your database system"
  • "Your RAM"
  • "Your datacentre"
  • "The desired duration"

commande choix

Confirm the Terms and Conditions and click on + Generate the purchase order.

commande generation

General information

Once you are in your customer account, you will be able to see general information about your instance.

commande generation

Create your database and your users

Create a database

Your instance will be created, but empty.

Click on the "Database" tab, then on the button + Add a database.

creation bdd

Enter a name for your database, and click + confirm.

creation bdd

Create a user

To use a CloudDB offer, you have to create a user with specific rights for connecting to a database.

To do so, go to the "Users and rights" tab and click on + Add a user.


You will then be prompted to add a username and a password then to click Confirm.


Manage user rights

Click on the "Database" tab, then on the "cogwheel" for the desired database, and then on + Manage users.


Then choose the rights for the user in question


The different rights that you can choose are:

  • Administator: The user can run Select/Insert/Update/Delete/Create/Alter/Drop queries
  • Read/Write: The user can run Select/Insert/Update/Delete
  • Read : The user can run Select queries
  • None: No rights on the chosen database

IP authorisation

Adding your server

In order to make your CloudDB accessible, you have to specify which IPs are authorised to connect to your instance. Click on the "Authorised IPs" tab, then on + Add an IP address/mask.


Enter your server or network IP, plus a description if you want to, then click on Valider.


Use your database

Everything configured? Perfect!

Depending on your use case and the chosen database, there are multiple ways of using your database.

Let's look at a typical example.

Install WordPress with the DBaaS lab and MySQL

  • Create a MySQL CloudDB
  • Create a database and a user linked to this database, assign the ADMIN user first.
  • Authorise your server IP to contact your CloudDB service

Retrieve the following information from your Control Panel:

  • Host name
  • SQL Port

Instance MySQL

  • Databases

Instance MySQL

  • User

Instance MySQL

Note the URL and associated port. You will need this information when installing WordPress.

wordpress install

We will therefore fill in the fields as follows:

  • Database Name: base-test
  • UserName: user-1
  • Password: the password chosen for user-1 user
  • Database Host: (note: host:port)
  • Table prefix: we will not change in this instance

For other use cases, just follow the standard connection methods for the databases used, found in official documentation.

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