Cloud pricing for everyone

Start with a Lite account and upgrade when you’re ready. No credit card required. Free to get started. Pay your way.


Doesn’t require a credit card and offers free access to over 40 IBM Cloud services including IBM Watson®.


You are only billed for the resources that you use without the hassle of commitments.

Reserved instances

Comes with 1-year or 3-year term commitments and offers discounted pricing and guaranteed capacity.


Offers predictable billing and discounted rates in exchange for longer-term commitments.

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Want to get a more precise estimate of your costs with IBM Cloud? Take advantage of the cost estimator. Add services from the IBM Cloud catalog to your estimate and then get a total summary.

Popular products in IBM Cloud

Bare metal servers

High-performance cloud servers configurable in hourly and monthly options — now including up to 20 TB of bandwidth

Virtual servers

Public and dedicated virtual servers that provision and scale on demand

Object storage

Unstructured data storage designed for durability, resiliency and security

Kubernetes service

Orchestrate intelligent scheduling, self-healing, and horizontal scaling

IBM Cloudant®

A NoSQL JSON document store for heavy loads of concurrent reads and writes

Blockchain platform

Accelerate development and governance of a multi-institution network

Watson Assistant

Build and deploy virtual assistants that are more than chatbots

Natural language understanding

Analyze text to extract metadata such as concepts, entities and sentiment

Cloud credits for start-ups and academic institutions


Earn between USD 12,000 and USD 120,000 in cloud credits for qualified start-ups.

Academic institutions

Can receive free, self-serve access to IBM Cloud for students and faculty of accredited institutions for non-commercial applications.

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  • Your Lite account never expires
  • 40+ free services
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