Overview

Virtual private cloud pricing

The IBM Cloud® Virtual Server for VPC product is comprised of 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 prices in profiles are per hour.

Profiles

Balanced profile options

Best for common cloud workloads

Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Network performance cap (Gbps)
bx2-2x8 USD 0.096 2 8 4
bx2-4x16 USD 0.192 4 16 8
bx2-8x32 USD 0.384 8 32 16
bx2-16x64 USD 0.768 16 64 32
bx2-32x128 USD 1.536 32 128 64
bx2-48x192 USD 2.305 48 192 80

Compute profile options

Best for workloads with intensive CPU demands

Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Network performance cap (Gbps)
cx2-2x4 USD 0.085 2 4 4
cx2-4x8 USD 0.170 4 8 8
cx2-8x16 USD 0.340 8 16 16
cx2-16x32 USD 0.680 16 32 32
cx2-32x64 USD 1.360 32 64 64
cx2-48x96 USD 2.040 48 96 80

Memory profile options

Best for memory-intensive workloads

Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Network performance cap (Gbps)
mx2-2x16 USD 0.124 2 16 4
mx2-4x32 USD 0.248 4 32 8
mx2-8x64 USD 0.497 8 64 16
mx2-16x128 USD 0.994 16 128 32
mx2-32x256 USD 1.987 32 256 64
mx2-48x384 USD 2.981 48 384 80

Pricing: Virtual servers for VPC

Regional pricing

Creation region of VS instance

Region Price uplift
au-syd (Sydney) 20%
eu-de (Frankfurt) 10%
eu-gb (London) 7%
jp-tok (Tokyo) 13%
us-east (Washington, DC) 0%
us-south (Dallas) 0%

Free operating systems

Some operating systems are included free of charge

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

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 - 64 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

Amount of data US EU-DE EU-GB JP-TOK AU-SYD
Data transfer within the zone Free Free Free Free Free
Between zones in the same region 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)
0 - 5 GB 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 0.104/ GB
10,001 – 50,000 GB USD 0.083 / GB USD 0.091 / GB USD 0.089 / GB USD 0.094 / GB USD 0.100 / GB
50,001 – 150,000 GB USD 0.07 / GB USD 0.077 / GB USD 0.075 / GB USD 0.079 / GB USD 0.084 / GB
150,000+ GB USD 0.05 / GB USD 0.055 / GB USD 0.054 / GB USD 0.057 / GB USD 0.060 / GB
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IBM Cloud® Load Balancer for VPC

Prices vary by multizone region

Region Service usage price Data processed price
Dallas USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.008 / GB
Frankfurt USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
London USD 0.027 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
Sydney USD 0.030 / hour USD 0.010 / GB
Tokyo USD 0.028 / hour USD 0.009 / GB
Washington, DC USD 0.025 / hour USD 0.008 / GB
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IBM Cloud® VPN for VPC

Data billed at the VPC level

Region Connect price/hour Instance price/hour
Dallas USD 0.04 USD 0.045
Washington, DC USD 0.04 USD 0.045
Frankfurt USD 0.044 USD 0.0495
Tokyo USD 0.0452 USD 0.05085
London USD 0.0428 USD 0.04815
Sydney USD 0.048 USD 0.054
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Pricing for block storage for VPC

Calculated hourly

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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IBM® Flow Logs for VPC

Price per GB of metadata/log target

Region Amount of data Price
  • US
  • 0 - 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-FRA
  • 0 - 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • AU-SYD
  • 0 - 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • JP-TOK
  • 0 - 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-LON
  • 0 - 5 GB
  • 5 GB - 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB

Automatic discounts

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:

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.

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