A more ideal VPS hosting solution

IBM Cloud® VPS hosting services help IT teams more easily manage fast-moving workloads. Take advantage of a wide range of management options, software integration, migration support, and CPU configurations for maximum flexibility and scalability. And, unlike other VPS hosting providers, IBM Cloud offers VPS hosting locations across more than 60 data centers and 19 countries.

IBM Cloud® Virtual Servers for VPC

Some cloud providers make virtual private cloud (VPC) complex, confusing and overwhelming. We don't. IBM Cloud® VPC is simple, powerful and more secure.

What's new for VPC

Learn how Auto Scale for VPC helps improve performance and reduce costs.

VPC recommended profiles

Recommended server profiles for IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC


Reduce labor for thin IT departments

For small or overburdened IT departments, alleviate ongoing maintenance responsibilities associated with on-premises data centers or dedicated, non-virtual servers.

Grow when you’re ready

Develop VPS solutions on demand. Keep costs to a minimum with hourly and monthly pricing. Save time by reserving virtual servers in advance, or pay as you use for temporary capacity.

Rely on our global network

The closer data is to your users, the fewer the hassles. The IBM global network of data centers and POP locations help ensure low latency, superior security and timely service delivery.

Expand your configuration options

A wide range of standard options is available, including BYO capabilities, fixed configurations, single and multitenant servers, versatile storage, and extensive memory.


Fast network

100 Mbps to 1Gbps for every VPS hosting solution.

Top security

Essential VPS hosting safeguards including firewall options, security groups, SSL and SSH options.

Reliable support

Standard VPS hosting support provides enterprise-grade, technical help at no cost, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Seamless add-ons

Storage, security, server software, GPUs and DR plans are available. Or, integrate IBM Watson® AI and cloud-native applications when you’re ready.

Which option is right for you?

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC provide fast provisioning, high network performance, greater throughput and enhanced isolation.

IBM Cloud® Virtual Servers for Classic Infrastructure

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for Classic Infrastructure are our previous-generation virtual machines (VMs) available in all IBM Cloud® data centers worldwide.


See all options

Compare and contrast all IBM Cloud virtual compute options.

Frequently asked questions

What is a VPS?

A VPS, or virtual private server, is a form of multi-tenant cloud hosting in which virtualized server resources are made available to an end user over the internet using a cloud or hosting provider.

Each VPS is installed on a physical machine, operated by the cloud or hosting provider, that runs multiple VPS. But while the VPSs share a hypervisor and underlying hardware, each VPS runs its own operating system (OS) and applications, and reserves its own portion of the machine's resources (memory, compute and the like).

A VPS offers levels of performance, flexibility and control somewhere between those offered by multi-tenant shared hosting and single-tenant dedicated hosting. It might seem counterintuitive that the multi-tenant VPS arrangement would be called “private”— especially when single-tenant options are available. The term “VPS” is most commonly used by traditional hosting providers to distinguish it from shared hosting, a hosting model where all the hardware and software resources of a physical machine are shared equally across multiple users.

What are VPS hosting benefits?

A VPS offers several benefits over traditional physical hardware:

  • Resource utilization and improved ROI: Because multiple VPS run on a single physical computer, customers don’t have to buy a new server every time they want to run another OS, and they can get more return from each piece of hardware they already own.
  • Scale: With cloud computing, it’s easy to deploy multiple copies of the same virtual machine to better serve increases in load.
  • Portability: VPS can be relocated as needed among the physical computers in a network. This makes it possible to allocate workloads to servers that have spare computing power. VPS can even move between on-premises and cloud environments, making them useful for hybrid cloud scenarios in which you share computing resources between your data center and a cloud service provider.
  • Flexibility: Creating a VPS is faster and easier than installing an OS on a physical server because you can clone a VPS with the OS already installed. Developers and software testers can create new environments on demand to handle new tasks as they arise.
  • Security: VPS improve security in several ways when compared to an OS running directly on hardware. A VPS is a file that can be scanned for malicious software by an external program. You can create an entire snapshot of the VPS at any point in time and then restore it to that state if it becomes infected with malware, effectively taking the VPS back in time. The fast, easy creation of VPS also makes it possible to completely delete a compromised VPS and then recreate it quickly, hastening recovery from malware infections.

What can you do with a VPS?

VPS have several uses, both for enterprise IT administrators and users. Here are a few options:

  • Use cloud computing: For the last 10-plus years, VPS have been the fundamental unit of compute in cloud, enabling dozens of different types of applications and workloads to run and scale successfully.
  • Support DevOps: VPS are a great way to support enterprise developers, who can configure VPS templates with the settings for their software development and testing processes. They can create VPS for specific tasks such as static software tests, including these steps in an automated development workflow. This all helps streamline the DevOps toolchain.
  • Test a new operating system: A VPS lets you test-drive a new OS on your desktop without affecting your primary OS.
  • Investigate malware: VPS are useful for malware researchers who frequently need fresh machines on which to test malicious programs.
  • Run incompatible software: Some users may prefer one OS while still needing a program that is only available in another. A good example is the Dragon range of voice dictation software. Its vendor, Nuance, has discontinued the macOS version of its product. However, running a desktop-focused hypervisor — such as VMware Fusion or Parallels — enables you to run Windows in a VPS, giving you access to that version of the software.
  • Browse securely: Using a VPS for browsing enables you to visit sites without worrying about infection. You can take a snapshot of your machine and then roll back to it after each browsing session. This is something that a user could set up themselves, using a Type 2 desktop hypervisor. Alternatively, an administrator could provide a temporary virtual desktop located on the server.

How do I get started with VPS hosting?

IBM provides a full range of virtual server hosting choices, including public, multi-tenant servers, as well as dedicated hosts and instances. In addition to virtual servers, IBM Cloud also offers bare metal servers, a managed Kubernetes service, PaaS and FaaS to round out a complete set of compute models to support any application or workload.

IBM also offers a broad range of supporting services across networking, storage and database, as well as specialty services like IBM Watson® and IBM Blockchain.

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