Software with bare metal horsepower

It doesn’t matter if you have the ideal server configuration for your workload if it doesn’t have the operating systems, control panels, database applications and utility software you need. IBM Cloud offers a comprehensive range of software options from industry leaders, and those options are installed using each vendor’s best practices and are licensed and billed month-to-month with the rest of your solution.

Wide selection

We support all leading open source and enterprise operating systems, utilities and applications.

Best practices

Installation, configuration and updates are performed to ensure peak performance and security.

On demand

Installation, reloads and updates are automated and controlled via API, portal or mobile app.

Cloud software

Our software options can be installed during server deployment, via customer portal on demand, and then kept up-to-date via vendor-supplied private update servers located inside our private network. Sixty-four-bit operating systems (many at no additional monthly cost), layers of virtualization, security, database and control panel software are all available from the industry’s most trusted name: IBM.

Software options optimized for your workload

Your workload will perform best with the right software.

Operating system

  • CentOS
  • CoreOS
  • CloudLinux
  • Debian
  • FreeBSD
  • Microsoft
  • Red Hat
  • Ubuntu
  • Vyatta Network


  • Citrix XenServer
  • Virtuozzo
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • VMware vSphere


  • APF Software Firewall
  • McAfee Total Protection
  • McAfee Anti-Virus
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Protection
  • Microsoft Windows Firewall


  • Microsoft SQL Server
    (2012, 2014, 2016)
  • MySQL
  • IBM Cloud Analytics
  • MongoDB
  • Basho Riak

Control Panel

  • cPanel/WHM with Fantastico, RVSkin and Softaculous
  • Plesk

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