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Top 5 Advantages of IBM Cloud Reserved Virtual Servers

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Top 5 IBM Cloud Reserved virtual server features

Many of our new IBM Cloud virtual server clients come from on-premises IT environments, and they are all too familiar with hitting reset and purchasing hardware and software every couple of years. Once here, several run their consistent and heavy workloads (like large database sets) on our virtual servers with the intent to keep them running for extended periods of time. We recently designed IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers with these two exact scenarios in mind.

The ability to guarantee reserved capacity and claim that capacity at any time can help ensure a more successful transition to the cloud and further maximize your investment once you get here. If you’re considering a move to cloud, with IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers, you can keep your on-premises procurement cycle of one to three years and still move your workloads to the cloud at lower costs with more control. For our current virtual server users, you can hold the exact data center capacity you need to scale out when you need it most. And whether you choose a one-year or three-year term, the cost control and savings are significant.

Let’s break down the top features that IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers deliver, and why they matter to you.

  1. Guaranteed capacity: One of the unique IBM Cloud-only features of reserved servers is our ability to guarantee the reservation. Other providers offer similar abilities, yet explicitly state the reservation is a “best effort” at reserving that capacity. Meaning, not guaranteed in in certain cases.
    Why it matters: For anyone who has to set up VLANs and specific hardware within
    a datacenter POD, having that guaranteed capacity can mean the difference between saving costs, time and headache or dealing with extra costs, extra time and extra headaches.
  2. Global availability: IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers will be available worldwide across the IBM Cloud—nearly 19 countries, 6 continents, 6 regions, 43 data centers, and 18 availability zones by mid-October 2018. You can reserve and deploy capacity wherever you need it with maximum scale and control, from day one.
    Why it matters: Raise your hand if you’re a cloud administrator of sorts. Congrats and many kudos, because it’s your job to provision new systems and ensure those systems run as they should. And when things go wrong, it’s your job to make it right. And fast. One of the bigger challenges here is often level-setting your capacity planning for the various workloads and applications your system runs “against” the budget you’re required to stay in, right? Right. Globally available, guaranteed capacity can simplify the planning you need across your cloud locations for complete transparency and scaling ease.
  3. Controlled provisioning: When you’re ready to actually reserve the capacity, we create a reservation on a physical host for the virtual servers you order as a part of your term contract.
    Why it matters: Whenever you want to provision to that exact location, you can. Whenever you need to communicate and plan ahead for exact locations, you can.
  4. Cost control: We offer one-year and three-year contract terms for IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers. Billing comes in consistent, monthly payments per your storage, network, and software usage. In addition to the upfront transparency of pricing, when compared to using our general hourly and monthly public virtual servers for continuous use, the reserved prices are much lower. Depending on your vCPU x RAM configuration, you can save anywhere between 25% and 63% off of the public hourly or monthly list price.
    Why it matters: This benefit needs no explanation, but again—if you’re considering a move to cloud, with IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers, you can keep your on-premises procurement cycle of 1-3 years and still move your workloads to the cloud at lower costs with more control.
  5. IBM Cloud Subscriptions: IBM Cloud Subscriptions provide varying discounts based on time and dollar commitments, which you can combine with your IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers. In fact, IBM Cloud Subscriptions are the only discounts that can be applied to Reserved virtual servers. To combine the two means a savings of up to 72% off list prices. IBM Cloud Subscriptions also offer upfront, annual, or quarterly payment options in addition to monthly payments inherent to our IBM Cloud Reserved virtual server offering.
    Why it matters: Again, this benefit needs no explanation.

Your provisioning experience

Before provisioning an IBM Cloud Reserved virtual server, you must first set up the reserved capacity of your choice. This capacity can contain up to 20 like-sized (vCPU x RAM) virtual servers. For instance, you could create a capacity of four 2 vCPU x 4 GB RAM, and you could provision between zero and four 2×4 virtual servers to that capacity. However, all virtual servers must be the same size as your original reservation, meaning you cannot provision a 4×8 or a 8×16. If you need more than 20 in a single capacity just let our sales team know. In order to block changes to the CPU and RAM size, we do not offer the upgrading or downgrading of instances.

After reserving your capacity, you’re ready to provision and specify your IBM Cloud data center and POD. At this time, you’ll also choose the one or three-year term contract and specify whether you want hourly or monthly billing. Why? The reservation is for the vCPU and RAM. Any additional storage, network, or software purchases on that virtual server will be charged hourly or monthly as specified. Once setup, you can reclaim your IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers from your reserved capacity or add new servers at any time during the length of your contract term.

IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers will be available in Balanced, Memory, and Compute public family sizes mid-October 2018.

Your ordering experience


Ordering a reserved capacity (DAL13, one-year term, one instance, compute 1×1)


Ordering a three-year term capacity (one instance, Balanced profile)


Ordering a Reserved virtual server for previously purchased capacity


Viewing list of reserved capacities

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Get technical

View our getting started tutorials, provisioning options, and how-to’s inside our up-to-date IBM Cloud virtual server documentation.

Learn more

Do IBM Cloud Reserved virtual servers make sense for you? Learn more about reserved, public, dedicated and transient virtual servers from IBM Cloud at ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers.

IBM Cloud Virtual Server Offering Manager

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