IBM Cloud® pricing
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Start for free No expiration date. Explore our free tier 40+

You’ll have free access to over 40 services, including IBM Watson® APIs.

200

Receive a USD 200 credit when you sign up. Credit valid for 30 days.

350+

Access 350+ products at discounted rates with Pay-as-you-go (PayGo) with Committed Use account or subscription upgrade.

Ways to buy

Cost-effective solutions tailored to your business

PayGo with Committed Use

With IBM Cloud® PayGo with Committed Use, you pay for what you use while accessing the entire IBM Cloud Catalog. (US only.)

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Reserved instances

Take advantage of 1-year or 3-year term commitments offering discounted pricing and guaranteed capacity.

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Subscription and commitments

Get platform-wide discounts while paying only for what you use.

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Save with IBM Cloud 67

IBM Cloud reports the lowest prices across 67 scenarios to beat out Microsoft, Google and AWS.

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2.5X

Realize 2.5x value with a hybrid cloud approach.

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60+

With 60+ data centers on 6 continents, IBM can help you grow without sacrificing user experience.

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Custom payment plans

Payment solutions to align your budget and your goals

Loans

Get the hybrid cloud and AI technology financing you need with a flexible loan.

Leasing

Build your hybrid cloud and AI infrastructure with leasing options to enhance ROI and TCO.

IBM Project Financing™

Achieve financial flexibility and accelerate projects with a single-source IT financing option.

IBM Certified Pre-Owned

Expand your hybrid cloud and AI IT infrastructure on a budget with customized, refurbished IT.

Frequently asked questions

If the answer to your question is not here, look on the IBM Cloud™ billing and usage FAQ page or ask a question in the Stack Overflow forum. (link resides outside ibm.com)

You can build and deploy with any Lite plan service at no cost ever, and you can take advantage of services with Free plans that offer monthly free allowances.

Yes. Your billing and credit card information is used for account security and verification purposes when you register your account. You’re set up with a Pay-as-you-go account, and you can access the full IBM Cloud catalog, including all Free and Lite plans. You receive a USD 200 credit to help get you started, which can be used on IBM Cloud products in your first 30 days. You pay only for billable services that you use, with no long-term contracts or commitments.

The benefits are numerous and include access to the entire IBM Cloud catalog of production-ready services—including Kubernetes, infrastructure and IBM Watson® services. And you can use all Free service plans, not just those designated as Lite plans.

Everyone gets free basic support, which includes our docs, the monitored Stack Overflow community forum, and the ability to create support cases. If you need additional support, you can purchase an advanced or premium support plan.

Service prices vary by plan. Lite plan services are always free. Billable services are charged either with fixed monthly billing, or by usage.

You can choose between a flexible Pay-as-you-go account, where you’re billed monthly for the compute and services that you use, and a Subscription account, where you get discounted pricing for a particular spending commitment.

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