What are virtual servers?

Virtual servers are scalable and come with dedicated core and memory allocations. They’re a great option if you’re looking for compute resources that can be added in minutes, with access to features like image templates. The hypervisor is fully managed by the IBM Cloud™ and you can perform configuration and management tasks by using both the IBM Cloud client portal and the API. Virtual servers are deployed to the same VLANs as physical servers, enabling you to spread workloads across virtual servers and bare metal servers, while maintaining interoperability. Virtual servers are fully customizable when you order them, with options to scale as your compute needs grow.

When you create an IBM Cloud Virtual Server, you can choose between hourly and monthly billing. You can also choose between a multitenancy environment (public and transient) or a single-tenancy (dedicated) environment. Then, you can choose either high-performance local disks or enterprise SAN storage for your virtual server.

Now available: IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC

Fast, resilient, agile

Push more data in less time with up to 80 Gbps network performance. Build with mount-and-go block storage and highly available multizone regions. Provision capacity 5x faster (less than one minute on average).

Bring your own everything

Bring your own subnet/IPs and keys to easily extend your presence in the public cloud, and encrypt block volumes with your own keys.

Multiple security levels

Use network ACLs and security groups for subnet-level and instance-level security. Build inside your own logically isolated space on a virtual network you control.

IBM Cloud Virtual Server versions - classic infrastructure

Public virtual servers

Multitenant virtual server deployments can give you rapid scalability and higher cost-effectiveness, with predefined sizes.

Transient virtual servers

Single-tenant virtual servers offer rapid provisioning and flexibility, enabling virtual server-placement control for workloads requiring physical isolation.

Reserved virtual servers

Reserve up to 20 specific virtual server instances for guaranteed capacity.

Dedicated virtual servers

Single-tenant with rapid provisioning and flexibility, enabling virtual server placement control for workloads requiring physical isolation.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers features

Network and bandwidth

Get unlimited inbound public- and private-network bandwidth between IBM Cloud data centers around the world, and 250 GB of public bandwidth with monthly billing. Dedicated hosts can support up to 20 Gbps of network throughput with additional configuration.

Security and compliance

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers provide 24x7 onsite security, proximity and biometric access control, and digital security video surveillance.

System administration

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers offer advanced system reporting, automated OS reloads, remote reboot and console access, and Nimsoft monitoring.

Developer tools

With IBM Cloud Virtual Servers, you also get access to IBM Cloud APIs, the IBM Cloud Development Network, digital transcoding and email delivery service.

Auto scaling

Use auto scaling to automatically grow or shrink your cloud environment and never lift a finger again to deploy additional virtual servers or cancel unneeded ones.

Varied pricing options

Choose multitenant or dedicated virtual servers for predefined sizes and costs in hourly and monthly billing cycles, multitenant transient virtual servers ("spot" pricing) for on-demand capacity at lower prices, or reserved virtual servers for guaranteed capacity to claim anytime.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers benefits


Get public or dedicated virtual servers and local or SAN storage. Deploy and scale with maximum workload placement. Hourly or monthly options are available, and the servers are completely integrated.


Every virtual server is guaranteed, with no over-subscription on core or RAM.


IBM Cloud offers locations around the world to meet your users where they are.

How clients use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Build highly available and scalable web apps

This tutorial walks you through the creation of a load balancer, two application servers running on Ubuntu with NGINX and PHP installed, one MySQL database server, and durable file storage to store application files and backups.

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Highly available and scalable web app using virtual servers

Client success stories

Get started on IBM Cloud Virtual Servers in minutes

Can virtual servers match your workloads? Provision a public, dedicated, transient or reserved IBM Cloud Virtual Server and explore the options.