Get power and control for less than you might think

IBM Cloud™ offers you a choice: the security of bare metal servers or cost-effective next-gen virtual servers. IBM Cloud is built with all the benefits of SoftLayer® and engineered from the ground up to be the most open and secure public cloud for your business.

The performance advantages of IBM Cloud

Get all the power you need

Every cloud server comes with a guaranteed 2.0 GHz (or faster) core — allocated with 1:1 virtual-to-physical resources and no over-subscriptions. Every IBM Cloud virtual server is dedicated to your configuration alone, so you don't have to share.

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Take full control of resources

Every aspect of the IBM Cloud infrastructure isn’t simply automated — it’s integrated and managed by a single system for a superior level of automation. Control everything using the web portal, API and mobile apps. Deploy on demand in your data center anywhere in the world with unlimited bandwidth available on the private network.

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Customize your configuration

Get the flexibility to create a customized virtual server at the most granular level. You don't pay for preconfigured servers with resources you don’t want. IBM Cloud offers complete resource customization.

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Make fast connections worldwide

Your data travels at over 2,600-plus Gbps on our network backbone offering speedy data transfers around the world. With our high-performance infrastructure and high-speed network, latency levels are lower and network performance is better — you get access to your data when you want it, where you want it.

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How does IBM Cloud stack up against the competition?


IBM Cloud:

  • 100% IBM owned and operated network
  • Over 60 data centers in 19 countries, PoPs in 6 regions, 18 availability zones
  • Integrated global private network to simplify deployment and improve server communication


  • Limited internal networking or restricted to select regions


IBM Cloud:

  • Single, dual and quad processor bare metal servers
  • Next-gen virtual servers with choice of CPUs, RAM, more
  • Customizable virtual private cloud options
  • All provisioning in one place over the same private VLAN
  • Hourly or monthly billing


IBM Cloud:

  • Unlimited and cost-free backend bandwidth inside the private network
  • 250 GB per month outbound public bandwidth on monthly virtual servers
  • 20 TB¹ per month outbound public bandwidth on monthly bare metal servers


  • Per GB charges for all bandwidth used in the month

Management and support

IBM Cloud:

  • Management options included
  • Monitoring options included
  • 24/7 service, support and access to online developer community at no extra cost


  • Limited availability of free management and monitoring options
  • Tiered (and charged for) access to technical support

IBM Cloud is everywhere you do business

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The IBM Cloud network is 100% IBM owned and operated with 60 data centers in 19 countries, PoPs in 6 regions and 18 availability zones.

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Find out more about IBM Cloud server options

¹20 TB bandwidth included in United States, Canada and Europe data centers; 5 TB bandwidth included in all other data centers. New prices and offers may not be combined with any other current or future discounts.

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