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Overview

Virtual private cloud pricing

The IBM Cloud® Virtual Server for VPC product comprises components that include virtual server instances, internet data transfer, load balancers, VPNs and block storage. Each of these components is priced separately and is included as part of the total IBM Cloud® VPC charges. Service tiers are bound to your account, not to any specific virtual private cloud (VPC).


All amounts are shown in US dollars. All virtual server usage is calculated per second but shown in hours.

VPC pricing contents

Virtual server profiles

Virtual server profiles

A profile combines instance attributes, like the number of vCPUs, amount of RAM and network bandwidth. Select from balanced, compute, memory profiles and single tenant workload dedicated host options.

Regional and OS pricing

Regional and OS pricing

Garner information regarding regional price uplift, free and premium operating systems.

More component pricing

More component pricing

Explore data transfer, load balancer, VPN and storage pricing.

IBM Flow Logs for VPC

IBM Flow Logs for VPC

Collect, store and present information about the Internet Protocol (IP) traffic going to and from network interfaces within your VPC.

Sustained usage discounts

Sustained usage discounts

The more you use, the more you save. See how discounts are applied to the base hourly rate as usage progresses during the month.

Virtual server profiles

Balanced profile options

Best for common cloud workloads

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)
  • bx2-2x8
  • bx2d-2x8
  • USD 0.096
  • USD 0.104
  • 2
  • 2
  • 8
  • 8
  • 75
  • 4
  • 4
  • bx2-4x16
  • bx2d-4x16
  • USD 0.192
  • USD 0.208
  • 4
  • 4
  • 16
  • 16
  • 150
  • 8
  • 8
  • bx2-8x32
  • bx2d-8x32
  • USD 0.384
  • USD 0.417
  • 8
  • 8
  • 32
  • 32
  • 300
  • 16
  • 16
  • bx2-16x64
  • bx2d-16x64
  • USD 0.768
  • USD 0.834
  • 16
  • 16
  • 64
  • 64
  • 600
  • 32
  • 32
  • bx2-32x128
  • bx2d-32x128
  • USD 1.536
  • USD 1.668
  • 32
  • 32
  • 128
  • 128
  • 1200
  • 64
  • 64
  • bx2-48x192
  • bx2d-48x192
  • USD 2.305
  • USD 2.502
  • 48
  • 48
  • 192
  • 192
  • 1,800
  • 80
  • 80
  • bx2-64x256
  • bx2d-64x254
  • USD 3.073
  • USD 3.336
  • 64
  • 64
  • 256
  • 254
  • 2,400
  • 80
  • 80
  • bx2-96x384
  • bx2d-96x384
  • USD 4.609
  • USD 5.004
  • 96
  • 96
  • 384
  • 384
  • 3,600
  • 80
  • 80
  • bx2-128x512
  • bx2d-128x512
  • USD 6.146
  • USD 6.672
  • 128
  • 128
  • 512
  • 512
  • 4,800
  • 80
  • 80

Compute profile options

Best for workloads with intensive CPU demands

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)
  • cx2-2x4
  • cx2d-2x4
  • USD 0.085
  • USD 0.093
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4
  • 8
  • 75
  • 4
  • 8
  • cx2-4x8
  • cx2d-4x8
  • USD 0.170
  • USD 0.186
  • 4
  • 4
  • 8
  • 8
  • 150
  • 8
  • 8
  • cx2-8x16
  • cx2d-8x16
  • USD 0.340
  • USD 0.373
  • 8
  • 8
  • 16
  • 16
  • 300
  • 16
  • 16
  • cx2-16x32
  • cx2d-16x32
  • USD 0.680
  • USD 0.746
  • 16
  • 16
  • 32
  • 32
  • 600
  • 32
  • 32
  • cx2-32x64
  • cx2d-32x64
  • USD 1.360
  • USD 1.492
  • 32
  • 32
  • 64
  • 64
  • 1,200
  • 64
  • 64
  • cx2-48x96
  • cx2d-48x96
  • USD 2.040
  • USD 2.238
  • 48
  • 48
  • 96
  • 96
  • 1,800
  • 80
  • 80
  • cx2-64x128
  • cx2d-64x128
  • USD 2.721
  • USD 2.984
  • 64
  • 64
  • 128
  • 128
  • 2,400
  • 80
  • 80
  • cx2-96x192
  • cx2d-96x192
  • USD 4.081
  • USD 4.475
  • 96
  • 96
  • 192
  • 192
  • 3,600
  • 80
  • 80
  • cx2-128x256
  • cx2d-128x256
  • USD 5.441
  • USD 5.967
  • 128
  • 128
  • 256
  • 256
  • 4,800
  • 80
  • 80

Memory profile options

Best for memory-intensive workloads

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)
  • mx2-2x16
  • mx2d-2x16
  • USD 0.124
  • USD 0.132
  • 2
  • 2
  • 16
  • 16
  • 75
  • 4
  • 4
  • mx2-4x32
  • mx2d-4x32
  • USD 0.248
  • USD 0.265
  • 4
  • 4
  • 32
  • 32
  • 150
  • 8
  • 8
  • mx2-8x64
  • mx2d-8x64
  • USD 0.497
  • USD 0.530
  • 8
  • 8
  • 64
  • 64
  • 300
  • 16
  • 16
  • mx2-16x128
  • mx2d-16x128
  • USD 0.994
  • USD 1.059
  • 16
  • 16
  • 128
  • 128
  • 600
  • 32
  • 32
  • mx2-32x256
  • mx2d-32x256
  • USD 1.987
  • USD 2.119
  • 32
  • 32
  • 256
  • 256
  • 1,200
  • 64
  • 64
  • mx2-48x384
  • mx2d-48x384
  • USD 2.981
  • USD 3.178
  • 48
  • 48
  • 384
  • 384
  • 1,800
  • 80
  • 80
  • mx2-64x512
  • mx2d-64x512
  • USD 3.974
  • USD 4.237
  • 64
  • 64
  • 512
  • 512
  • 2,400
  • 80
  • 80
  • mx2-96x768
  • mx2d-96x768
  • USD 5.961
  • USD 6.356
  • 96
  • 96
  • 768
  • 768
  • 3,600
  • 80
  • 80
  • mx2-128x1024
  • mx2d-128x1024
  • USD 7.949
  • USD 8.475
  • 128
  • 128
  • 1,024
  • 1,024
  • 4,800
  • 80
  • 80

Ultra-high memory profiles

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GiB RAM Network (Gbps) Instance storage (GB)
ux2d-2x56 USD 0.384 2 56 2 1 x 60
ux2d-4x112 USD 0.769 4 112 4 1 x 120
ux2d-8x224 USD 1.537 8 224 8 1 x 240
ux2d-16x448 USD 3.074 16 448 16 1 x 480
ux2d-36x1008 USD 6.917 36 1008 36 1 x 1080
ux2d-52x1456 USD 9.820 52 1456 52 2 x 780
ux2d-72x2016 USD 13.834 72 2016 72 2 x 1080
ux2d-104x2912 USD 19.641 104 2912 80 2 x 1560
ux2d-200x5600 USD 31.375 200 5600 80 (cap) 2 x 3000

Dedicated host options

Best for single tenant workloads

Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)
bx2-host-152x608 USD 8.03 152 608 100
bx2d-host-152x608 152 608 6,400 100
cx2-host-152x304 USD 7.11 152 304 100
cx2d-host-152x304 152 304 6,400 100
mx2-host-152x1216 USD 10.39 152 1,216 100
mx2d-host-152x1216 152 1,216 4,800 100

Pricing: Virtual servers for VPC

Regional pricing

Creation region of VS instance

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Region Price uplift
AU-SYD (Sydney) 20%
CA-TOR (Toronto) 3%
EU-DE (Frankfurt) 10%
EU-GB (London) 7%
JP-TOK (Tokyo) 13%
JP-OSA (Osaka) 13%
US-EAST (Washington, DC) 0%
US-SOUTH (Dallas) 0%

Free operating systems

Some operating systems are included free of charge

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Operating system Version
CentOS 7.latest
Ubuntu LTS 18.04 (minimal)
Debian 8.latest, 9.latest (minimal)

Premium OS and add-ons are available

Premium operating systems

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Premium OS Version Size of VSI Price
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7.x 1-4 vCPU USD 0.06 per VSI/hour
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x 5 - 128 vCPU USD 0.12 per VSI/hour
Microsoft® Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016 USD 0.04 per vCPU/hour

More component pricing

Internet data transfer per GB

For traffic leaving the VPC

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Amount of data US EU-DE EU-GB JP-TOK JP-OSA AU-SYD
Data transfer within the zone Free Free Free Free Free Free
Between zones in the same region Free Free Free Free Free Free
Use of public gateway (PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW) Free (Charged only for floating IP used by the PGW)
0 - 5 GB Free Free Free Free Free Free
6 - 10,000 GB USD 0.087 / GB USD 0.096 / GB USD 0.093 / GB USD 0.098 / GB USD 0.098 / GB USD 0.104/ GB
10,001 – 50,000 GB USD 0.083 / GB USD 0.091 / GB USD 0.089 / GB USD 0.094 / GB USD 0.094 / GB USD 0.100 / GB
50,001 – 150,000 GB USD 0.07 / GB USD 0.077 / GB USD 0.075 / GB USD 0.079 / GB USD 0.079 / GB USD 0.084 / GB
150,000+ GB USD 0.05 / GB USD 0.055 / GB USD 0.054 / GB USD 0.057 / GB USD 0.057 / GB USD 0.060 / GB

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IBM Cloud® VPN for VPC

Data billed at the VPC level

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Region Connect price (per hour) Instance price (per hour)
US-SOUTH (Dallas) USD 0.04 USD 0.045
US-EAST (Washington, DC) USD 0.04 USD 0.045
EU-DE (Frankfurt) USD 0.044 USD 0.0495
JP-TOK (Tokyo) USD 0.0452 USD 0.05085
JP-OSA (Osaka) USD 0.0452 USD 0.05085
EU-GB (London) USD 0.0428 USD 0.04815
AU-SYD (Sydney) USD 0.048 USD 0.054

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Pricing for block storage for VPC

Calculated hourly

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IOPS tier Price
3 IOPS / GB USD 0.12 / GB
5 IOPS / GB USD 0.16 / GB
10 IOPS / GB USD 0.48 / GB
Custom IOPS USD 0.10 / GB + USD 0.07 / IOPS

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Load balancer for VPC pricing

Application load balancer for VPC

Application load balancer for VPC pricing¹

Region Instance hours price Data processed price
US-SOUTH (Dallas) USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.008 / GB
EU-DE (Frankfurt) USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
EU-GB (London) USD 0.027 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
AU-SYD (Sydney) USD 0.030 / hour USD 0.010 / GB
JP-TOK (Tokyo)/JP-OSA (Osaka) USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
US-EAST (Washington, DC) USD 0.025 / hour USD 0.008 / GB
SAO (Sao Paulo) USD 0.03360 / hour USD 0.0096 / GB
CA-TOR (Toronto) USD 0.02884 / hour USD 0.00824 / GB

IBM Cloud® Network Load Balancer for VPC

Network load balancer for VPC pricing²

Region Instance hours price Data processed price
US-SOUTH (Dallas) USD 0.02500 / hour USD 0.00600 / GB
EU-DE (Frankfurt) USD 0.02750 / hour USD 0.00660 / GB
EU-GB (London) USD 0.02675 / hour USD 0.00642 / GB
AU-SYD (Sydney) USD 0.03000 / hour USD 0.00720 / GB
JP-TOK (Tokyo)/JP-OSA (Osaka) USD 0.02825 / hour USD 0.00678 / GB
US-EAST (Washington, DC) USD 0.02500 / hour USD 0.00600 / GB
SAO (Sao Paulo) USD 0.03000 / hour USD 0.00720 / GB
CA-TOR (Toronto) USD 0.02575 / hour USD 0.00618 / GB

IBM Flow Logs for VPC

Price per GB of metadata/log target

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Region Amount of data Price
  • US
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-DE (Frankfurt)
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • AU-SYD (Sydney)
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • JP-TOK (Tokyo)
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • JP-OSA (Osaka)
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-LON (London)
  • 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB

Sustained usage discounts

Sustained usage discounts are automatic discounts on the regular or base hourly rates of virtual server instances that increase the longer an instance runs during the billing month. If an instance runs the entire month, the sustained usage discounts applied will equal a maximum overall savings of 10% off the monthly total at the base hourly rate. Instances run partially during the month (21% or greater) will still accrue sustained usage discounts but at a lesser discount percentage.

As usage progresses during the month, the following discounts are applied to the base hourly rate:

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Usage hour tiers in a month % of hourly rate charged
0% - 20% Base hourly rate
21% - 40% 95% of base hourly rate
41% - 60% 90% of base hourly rate
61% - 80% 85% of base hourly rate
81% - 100% 80% of base hourly rate

Sustained usage discount details

The percent discount of the base hourly rate shown for each tier only applies to the usage hours within that tier, it doesn’t apply to all usage hours in the month. For example, if there are 730 hours in the month, there would be 146 hours of usage per tier. The first 146 hours of usage are charged at the base hourly rate, the next 146 hours of usage are charged at 95% of the base hourly rate, and so on.

Sustained usage discounts only apply to base hourly rates for instances. They do not apply to software, storage, network or other charges. Sustained usage discounts reset at the beginning of each new billing month. For billing, the number of hours in a month is based on actual hours (24 hours x number of days in month).

Calculations

Sustained usage calculation

To determine your monthly total with the sustained usage discount:

1. Calculate the total for each usage tier using the formula below.

# of usage hours within tier x (profile hourly rate x % of hourly rate charged for tier)

2. Add the totals of all usage tiers together for the new monthly total.

For example, a user provisions a 16x64 virtual server instance with a base hourly rate of USD 0.795 and runs it for the entire month that totals 730 hours. As usage progresses during the month, discounts are calculated as follows:

Usage hour tiers in a month % of hourly rate charged Tier calculation Tier total
0% - 20% (146 hours) Base hourly rate (USD 0.795) (146 x 0.795) USD 116.07
21% - 40% (146 hours) 95% of base hourly rate (146 x(0.795 x 0.95)) USD 110.27
41% - 60% (146 hours) 90% of base hourly rate (146 x(0.795 x 0.90)) USD 104.46
61% - 80% (146 hours) 85% of base hourly rate (146 x(0.795 x 0.85)) USD 98.66
81% - 100% (146 hours) 80% of base hourly rate (146 x(0.795 x 0.80)) USD 92.86
Tier rate total USD 522.32 / month

Example

Here is an example of a sample calculation:

(146 x 0.795) + (146 x (0.795 x 0.95)) + (146 x (0.795 x 0.90)) + (146 x 0.795 x 0.85)) + (146 x (0.795 x 0.80)) = USD 522.32

In this example, a 16x64 instance charged at the base hourly rate of USD 0.795 would cost USD 580.35 for the month. If sustained usage discounts are applied, the monthly cost would be reduced to USD 522.32 based on the calculations above for a 10% overall savings.

Similarly, if the instance is only used for 50% of the month, the discount calculation would be: (146 x 0.795) + (146 x ((0.795 x 0.95)) + (73 x (0.795 x 0.90)) for a total cost of USD 278.57 a month with sustained usage discounts applied compared to USD 290.18 a month at the base hourly rate.

Suspend billing
By using the suspend billing feature, you can temporarily power off certain compute resources and not accrue costs. It's important to understand which costs stop accruing and which ones persist when your virtual server instance is powered off. To learn more information, see Suspend Billing.

Footnotes

¹ Pricing is based on service usage hours and data processed — calculated monthly and varies by region.

² Pricing is based on monthly flat fee (determined by configuration), data processed (GB/mth) and instance hours (hrs/mth) and varies by region.