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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: multi-tenant, essential performance

Balanced profile options

Best for common cloud workloads.
(Select availability by region. View all options by region in our profile documentation.)

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)

x86 based profiles
bx2-2x8
bx2d-2x8
bx2-4x16
bx2d-4x16
bx2-8x32
bx2d-8x32
bx2-16x64
bx2d-16x64
bx2-32x128
bx2d-32x128
bx2-48x192
bx2d-48x192
bx2-64x256
bx2d-64x256
bx2-96x384
bx2d-96x384
bx2-128x512
bx2d-128x512


USD 0.096
USD 0.104
USD 0.192
USD 0.208
USD 0.384
USD 0.417
USD 0.768
USD 0.834
USD 1.536
USD 1.668
USD 2.305
USD 2.502
USD 3.073
USD 3.336
USD 4.609
USD 5.004
USD 6.146
USD 6.672


2
2
4
4
8
8
16
16
32
32
48
48
64
64
96
96
128
128


8
8
16
16
32
32
64
64
128
128
192
192
256
256
384
384
512
512



75

150

300

600

1200

1,800

2,400

3,600

4,800


4
4
8
8
16
16
32
32
64
64
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80

s390x based profiles
bz2-1x4
bz2-2x8
bz2-4x16
bz2-8x32
bz2-16x64


USD 0.115
USD 0.230
USD 0.460
USD 0.920
USD 1.840


1
2
4
8
16


4
8
16
32
64







2
4
8
16
32

Compute profile options

Best for workloads with intensive CPU demands.
(Select availability by region. View all options by region in our profile documentation.)

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)

x86 based profiles
cx2-2x4
cx2d-2x4
cx2-4x8
cx2d-4x8
cx2-8x16
cx2d-8x16
cx2-16x32
cx2d-16x32
cx2-32x64
cx2d-32x64
cx2-48x96
cx2d-48x96
cx2-64x128
cx2d-64x128
cx2-96x192
cx2d-96x192
cx2-128x256
cx2d-128x256


USD 0.085
USD 0.093
USD 0.170
USD 0.186
USD 0.340
USD 0.373
USD 0.680
USD 0.746
USD 1.360
USD 1.492
USD 2.040
USD 2.238
USD 2.721
USD 2.984
USD 4.081
USD 4.475
USD 5.441
USD 5.967


2
2
4
4
8
8
16
16
32
32
48
48
64
64
96
96
128
128


4
8
8
8
16
16
32
32
64
64
96
96
128
128
192
192
256
256



75

150

300

600

1,200

1,800

2,400

3,600

4,800


4
8
8
8
16
16
32
32
64
64
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80

s390x based profiles
cz2-2x4
cz2-4x8
cz2-8x16
cz2-16x32


USD 0.198
USD 0.396
USD 0.793
USD 1.586


2
4
8
16


4
8
16
32






4
8
16
32

Memory profile options

Best for memory-intensive workloads.
(Select availability by region. View all options by region in our profile documentation.)

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Profile Price per hour vCPU GB RAM Instance storage (GB) Network performance cap (Gbps)

x86 based profiles
mx2-2x16
mx2d-2x16
mx2-4x32
mx2d-4x32
mx2-8x64
mx2d-8x64
mx2-16x128
mx2d-16x128
mx2-32x256
mx2d-32x256
mx2-48x384
mx2d-48x384
mx2-64x512
mx2d-64x512
mx2-96x768
mx2d-96x768
mx2-128x1024
mx2d-128x1024


USD 0.124
USD 0.132
USD 0.248
USD 0.265
USD 0.497
USD 0.530
USD 0.994
USD 1.059
USD 1.987
USD 2.119
USD 2.981
USD 3.178
USD 3.974
USD 4.237
USD 5.961
USD 6.356
USD 7.949
USD 8.475


2
2
4
4
8
8
16
16
32
32
48
48
64
64
96
96
128
128


16
16
32
32
64
64
128
128
256
256
384
384
512
512
768
768
1,024
1,024



75

150

300

600

1,200

1,800

2,400

3,600

4,800


4
4
8
8
16
16
32
32
64
64
80
80
80
80
80
80
80
80

s390x based profiles
mz2-2x16
mz2-4x32
mz2-8x64
mz2-16x128


USD 0.305
USD 0.610
USD 1.220
USD 2.439


2
4
8
16


16
32
64
128






4
8
16
32

Virtual server profiles: multi-tenant, high performance

Very high

Profile Price per hour vCPU GiB RAM Network (Gbps) Instance storage (GB) Instance storage disks
vx2d-2x28
USD 0.207
2
28
4
60
1x60
vx2d-4x56
USD 0.414
4
56
8
120
1x120
vx2d-8x112
USD 0.827
8
112
16
240
1x240
vx2d-16x224
USD 1.655
16
224
32
480
1x480
vx2d-44x616
USD 4.550
44
616
80
1320
1x1320
vx2d-88x1232
USD 9.100
88
1232
80
2640
2x1320
vx2d-144x2016
USD 14.891
144
2016
80
4320
2x2160
vx2d-176x2464
USD 18.200
176
2464
80
5280
2x2640

Ultra-high memory profiles

Profile vCPU GiB RAM Network (Gbps) Instance storage (GB) Price (Based on algorithm)
ux2d-2x56
2
56
2
1 x 60
USD 0.384
ux2d-4x112
4
112
4
1 x 120
USD 0.769
ux2d-8x224
8
224
8
1 x 240
USD 1.537
ux2d-16x448
16
448
16
1 x 480
USD 3.074
ux2d-36x1008
36
1008
36
1 x 1080
USD 6.917
ux2d-48x1344
48
1344
80
2 x 720
USD 9.223
ux2d-72x2016
72
2016
72
2 x 1080
USD 13.834
ux2d-100x2800
100
2800
80
2 x 1500
USD 19.214
ux2d-200x5600
200
5600
80 (cap)
2 x 3000
USD 38.428

GPU profiles

Profile vCPU GiB RAM GPU GPU type Max bandwidth Price
gx2-8x64x1v100
8
64
1
V100-16GB PCIe
16 Gbps
USD 2.497
gx2-16x128x1v100
16
128
1
V100-16GB PCIe
32 Gbps
USD 2.994
gx2-16x128x2v100
16
128
2
V100-16GB PCIe
32 Gbps
USD 4.999
gx2-32x256x2v100
32
256
2
V100-16GB PCIe
64 Gbps
USD 5.987

Dedicated host options

Best with 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
USD 8.71
152
608
5,700
100
cx2-host-152x304
USD 7.11
152
304
100
cx2d-host-152x304
USD 7.79
152
304
5,700
100
mx2-host-152x1216
USD 10.39
152
1,216
100
mx2d-host-152x1216
USD 11.07
152
1,216
5,700
100
ux2d-200x5600
USD 42.27
200
5,600
2 x 3,000
80
vx2d-host-176x2464
USD 20.02
176
2,464
5,280
80

Pricing: Virtual servers for VPC

Storage pricing

Cost is calculated based on capacity stored per month, unless the duration is less than 1 month.

Tier Geo Region Monthly Hourly

3 IOPS/GB

DAL
WDC
TOR
LON
FRA
TOK
OSA
SYD
SAO

US-SOUTH
US-EAST
CA-TOR
EU-GB
EU-DE
JP-TOK
JP-OSA
AU-SYD
BR-SAO

USD 0.08
USD 0.08
USD 0.08
USD 0.09
USD 0.09
USD 0.09
USD 0.09
USD 0.10
USD 0.10

USD 0.000110
USD 0.000110
USD 0.000113
USD 0.000117
USD 0.000121
USD 0.000124
USD 0.000124
USD 0.000132
USD 0.000132

5 IOPS/GB

DAL
WDC
TOR
LON
FRA
TOK
OSA
SYD
SAO

US-SOUTH
US-EAST
CA-TOR
EU-GB
EU-DE
JP-TOK
JP-OSA
AU-SYD
BR-SAO

USD 0.14
USD 0.14
USD 0.14
USD 0.15
USD 0.15
USD 0.16
USD 0.16
USD 0.17
USD 0.17

USD 0.000192
USD 0.000192
USD 0.000198
USD 0.000205
USD 0.000211
USD 0.000217
USD 0.000217
USD 0.000230
USD 0.000230

10 IOPS/GB

DAL
WDC
TOR
LON
FRA
TOK
OSA
SYD
SAO

US-SOUTH
US-EAST
CA-TOR
EU-GB
EU-DE
JP-TOK
JP-OSA
AU-SYD
BR-SAO

USD 0.48
USD 0.48
USD 0.49
USD 0.51
USD 0.53
USD 0.54
USD 0.54
USD 0.58
USD 0.58

USD 0.0006580
USD 0.0006580
USD 0.0006777
USD 0.0007041
USD 0.0007238
USD 0.0007435
USD 0.0007435
USD 0.0007896
USD 0.0007896

Custom IOPS*

DAL
WDC
TOR
LON
FRA
TOK
OSA
SYD
SAO

US-SOUTH
US-EAST
CA-TOR
EU-GB
EU-DE
JP-TOK
JP-OSA
AU-SYD
BR-SAO

USD 0.07
USD 0.07
USD 0.07
USD 0.07
USD 0.08
USD 0.08
USD 0.08
USD 0.08
USD 0.08

USD 0.000096
USD 0.000096
USD 0.000099
USD 0.000103
USD 0.000106
USD 0.000108
USD 0.000108
USD 0.000115
USD 0.000115

Custom GB*

DAL
WDC
TOR
LON
FRA
TOK
OSA
SYD
SAO

US-SOUTH
US-EAST
CA-TOR
EU-GB
EU-DE
JP-TOK
JP-OSA
AU-SYD
BR-SAO

USD 0.10
USD 0.10
USD 0.10
USD 0.11
USD 0.11
USD 0.11
USD 0.11
USD 0.12
USD 0.12

USD 0.000137
USD 0.000137
USD 0.000141
USD 0.000147
USD 0.000151
USD 0.000155
USD 0.000155
USD 0.000164
USD 0.000164

*Note: Total price of Custom IOPS tier = USD/IOP + USD/GB.

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Storage pricing

Cost is calculated based on capacity stored per month, unless the duration is less than 1 month.

Tier Geo Region Monthly Hourly
Snapshot
DAL
US-SOUTH
USD 0.05
USD 0.000068
All tiers (3 IOPS, 5 IOPS, 10 IOPS)
WDC
US-EAST
USD 0.05
USD 0.000068
TOR
CA-TOR
USD 0.05
USD 0.000071
LON
EU-GB
USD 0.05
USD 0.000073
FRA
EU-DE
USD 0.06
USD 0.000075
TOK
JP-TOK
USD 0.06
USD 0.000077
OSA
JP-OSA
USD 0.06
USD 0.000077
SYD
AU-SYD
USD 0.06
USD 0.000082
SAO
BR-SAO
USD 0.06
USD 0.000082

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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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
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-DE (Frankfurt)
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • AU-SYD (Sydney)
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • JP-TOK (Tokyo)
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • JP-OSA (Osaka)
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB
  • EU-LON (London)
  • 0 – 5 GB
  • 5 GB – 72 TB
  • Free
  • USD 0.10 / GB

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+ vCPU
USD 0.12 per VSI/hour
Microsoft® Windows Server
2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
USD 0.04 per vCPU/hour

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.