What is infrastructure as a service?

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a type of cloud computing that lets you allocate compute, network, storage and security resources on demand. IBM Cloud™ IaaS customers can scale and shrink resources as needed around the world in 60-plus data centers. You have access to the full stack of compute down to the bare metal for more control than other cloud resources. This flexibility lets you customize hardware to your exact specifications to meet your workload's precise demands.

Move your workloads to enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure


Innovate in 60-plus global data centers. Customize the entire stack. Build the ideal environment for your workload.


Protect your workloads edge-to-cloud to help your data and applications achieve regulatory compliance.


Integrate enterprise-grade hardware, solutions and services seamlessly to optimize workloads and drive business insights.

Our global footprint

IBM Cloud™ is constantly expanding its global footprint to help you meet your customers where they need you. Deploy, control and manage workloads in over 60 data centers, and 6 multi-zone regions with availability zones.

Why use Infrastructure as a Service?

Migrate your workloads to the agile, security-rich IBM Cloud for better business agility and actionable business insights.

  • Save time, money and resources
  • Free yourself from planning, acquiring and managing in-house resources
  • Focus on growing your business

Infrastructure on demand

Accelerate server performance

Deploy an IaaS bare metal server, a virtual server, or both, in minutes. Customize a bare metal server in 2-4 hours. Choose a processor that meets your performance needs.

Choose your compute type

Select from more than bare metal and virtual, including SAP-certified infrastructure and HPC components. Plus, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and Functions under one system.

Integrate with your systems

All of our services are integrated to optimize performance and management. Gain greater operational agility and power. Respond more quickly to changes across your systems.

Extend your on-premises data centers

An agile, secure and open infrastructure empowers you to create, deploy and manage servers on their own or in a hybrid cloud.

Our clients

Bare metal: Dream Payments

Transforming delivery and bringing mobile payment capabilities to the enterprise

Virtual servers: American Airlines

The route to customer experience transformation is through the cloud

GPU: FaceMe

Creating compelling customer experience by adding a human touch to digital interactions

Explore IBM Cloud infrastructure services

Bare metal servers

The raw IaaS power you need for your processor-intensive and disk I/O-intensive workloads.

Virtual servers

When you need more resources to meet sudden demand, IaaS virtual servers have the speed of deployment to keep business moving.

Network solutions

Designed to enhance your traffic, satisfy your users and protect your sanity.

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

Build cloud-native applications, or more-easily modernize and extend existing apps with containers.

IaaS management

Manage your own infrastructure with our fully automated platform, or let the IBM team of managed hosting experts do the work.


No matter the IBM Cloud service or solution, your data and workloads are protected by the IBM world-renowned security leadership.

Cloud Object Storage

Archive, backup and restore data using IBM FASP protocol. Encrypt and move data at speeds 100 times faster than other providers.*

Block Storage

Flash-backed storage with endurance and performance provisioning helps you manage data growth.

Hybrid cloud infrastructure

Hybrid cloud is a platform for applications and infrastructure that is built on two or more components from public cloud, private cloud and on-premises IT. In all its forms, hybrid cloud offers you superior flexibility and portability for both applications and data.


*Source: IBM Aspera FASP High-Speed transport (PDF, 2.5 MB)