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Dedicated server hosting benefits

Customize it your way

Our dedicated server hosting offers a variety of top-end Intel and AMD performance CPUs for IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers. Plus, BYO capabilities, versatile storage, extensive memory and more.

Rely on our global network

The closer the data is to your users, the fewer hassles you’ll run into with latency, security and timely service delivery. With IBM Cloud dedicated server hosting, you choose from a global network of scattered data centers and POP locations.

Use the newest technologies — always

You can provision dedicated server hosting for SAP HANA/SAP NetWeaver and other certified workloads and add the latest NVIDIA Tesla GPUs for HPC needs.

Get competitive, transparent pricing

We recently lowered our dedicated hosting prices on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers on average by 17% across the board. We also included 20 TB of cost-free bandwidth.* Choose from hourly, monthly and reserved billing at prices set for smarter cloud cost management.

Key features of dedicated server hosting

More than 11 million configurations

Choose single, dual or quad processors with the most-recent Intel or AMD technologies. Select the speed, RAM, storage OS and more. Or choose preset, dedicated server hosting for faster provisioning.

No hypervisor layer

Gain more control over your dedicated server hosting environment with direct route access. IBM Cloud® Bare Metal Servers are physical, dedicated and private compute servers that deliver the essential functionality you need.

Up to 96 cores

Solve compute-intensive tasks in less time. Support more modern dedicated hosting workloads and containerized services with up to 96 cores per platform.

On-demand provisioning

Get monthly dedicated servers online in two to four hours. Hourly dedicated servers can be up and running within 30 minutes.


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What does a dedicated server mean?

A dedicated server is a form of cloud service in which the user rents a physical machine from a provider that is not shared with any other tenants.

Unlike traditional cloud computing, which is based on virtual machines, dedicated servers don’t come with a hypervisor pre-installed and give the user complete control over their server infrastructure.

With a dedicated server, because of the complete control over the physical machine, users have the flexibility to choose their own operating system; avoid the challenges of shared infrastructure; and fine-tune hardware and software for specific, often data-intensive, workloads.

Why choose dedicated hosting?

The primary benefits of dedicated and bare metal servers are based on the access end users have to hardware resources. The advantages of this approach include the following:

  • Enhanced physical isolation and the associated security and regulatory benefits
  • Greater processing power
  • Complete control of their software stack
  • More consistent disk and network I/O performance
  • Greater quality of service (QoS) by eliminating the shared infrastructures

Taken together, dedicated and bare metal servers have an important role in the infrastructure mix for many companies due to their unique combination of performance and control.

How do I get started with dedicated hosting?

IBM Cloud offers end users a full-stack platform, with compute choices that include bare metal serversdedicated hosts and instances; and public, multi-tenant servers. IBM Cloud also offers a managed Kubernetes servicePaaS 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 networkingstorage and database, as well as specialty services like Watson and Blockchain.

To get started, create an IBM Cloud account today.

What is the difference between a VPS and dedicated server?

Virtual servers are the more common model of cloud compute because they offer greater resource density, faster provisioning times, and the ability to scale up and down quickly as needs dictate. But dedicated or bare metal servers are the right fit for a few primary use cases that take advantage of the combination of attributes centered around dedicated resources, greater processing power, and more consistent disk and network I/O performance:

  • Performance-centric app and data workloads: The complete access and control over hardware resources make bare metal a good match for workloads such as HPC, big data, high-performance databases, as well as gaming and finance workloads.
  • Apps with complex security or regulatory requirements: The combination of a global data center footprint with physical resource separation has helped many organizations adopt cloud while simultaneously meeting complex security and regulatory demands.
  • Large, steady-state workloads: For applications such as ERP, CRM or SCM that have a relatively stable set of ongoing, resource demands, bare metal can also be a good fit.


*20 TB bandwidth included in US, Canada and EU data centers; 5 TB bandwidth included in all other data centers. New prices and offers may not be combined with any other current or future discounts.