Bare metal performance. Virtual control.

Deploy the virtualization solution of your choice on top of IBM Cloud bare metal servers. Bring your own hypervisor, or select one of the industry-leading virtualization solutions available from IBM Cloud.

If you choose one of the virtualization solutions IBM offers, IBM installs it with your server order, and you can manage it through our customer portal and the solution’s own control tools.

Compare available virtualization solutions

Table comparing Citrix XenServer, MS Windows Server Hyper-V, VMware EXXi, Virtuozzo container and hypervisor

Citrix XenServer

Citrix XenServer™ is a dynamic server virtualization tool that maximizes efficiency and increases hardware utilization. XenServer allows simple and rapid deployment of virtual server machines to create a truly virtual data center environment. With an easy-to-use management portal, XenServer offers an industry-leading option to provision and maintain both physical and virtual machines in the data center.

Microsoft® Windows® Server Hyper-V™

Windows Server® Hyper-V™, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine. With Hyper-V, you can also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux and others—in parallel, on a single server and fully leverage the power of x64 computing. Everything you need to support server virtualization is available as an integral feature of the operating system.

VMware

VMware ESX and ESXi offer enterprise caliber server virtualization. Virtualize even the most resource-intensive applications with the hypervisor architectures that set the industry standard for reliability, performance and cross-platform support.

Virtuozzo 6

Virtuozzo has long set the standard for elasticity, profitability, manageability, and security. Whether you need high-density, high-performance container virtualization or the flexibility to create VMs, Virtuozzo gives you the freedom to deploy and manage both from the same console. With Virtuozzo's integrated, business-critical products, you get the power to deploy the most suitable technologies for your company and your customers.