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What is VMware Cloud foundation as a service?

IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation as a Service (VCFaaS) is a managed service that delivers a VMware Cloud Director (VCD) based stack that enables businesses to build cloud computing environments that support their business needs.

Whether opting for a single-tenant or multitenant model, IBM handles the configuration, capacity management, monitoring, patching, upgrades, and security of the underlying VMware infrastructure, through a highly available management plane, so you can quickly deploy your VMware-based cloud computing environments.

You can purchase compute resources at the host level, leveraging several IBM Bare Metal Server and profiles, or on-demand compute resources at the vCPU, RAM, and Storage level.

With our multitenant consumption model, you can start as small as 1 VM comprising 1vCPU, 1GB RAM, 20 GB vSAN, and 1 network efficiency edge. On-demand pricing starts from USD 127/month.

Announcing exciting financial incentives for VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud

Get up to 50%* -off on a 1-or-3-year term contract on new VCF-as-a-Service offerings up to USD 200,000* in credits when you first migrate to VCF on IBM Cloud

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Benefits Simplify VMware management

Focus on your business needs by offloading the monitoring, patching and maintenance of the VMware management plane and underlying hardware to IBM.

Improve cost savings

Realize cost savings by opting for compute resources tailored to your unique workloads. Reserve capacity for continuous performance or buy on-demand for ephemeral workloads, you have the flexibility to manage your costs better. 

Faster time to market

Expedite time to market for migrating and modernizing existing VMware workloads to IBM Cloud by reducing migration risks and achieving complete automation on the highest rated-secure public cloud environment.

201% ROI: Forrester TEI Study

A 2024 Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ of IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions study, commissioned by IBM, modeled a composite client organization and calculated it could gain USD 2.01 for every USD 1 spent on IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions over three years

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Key features Multitenant

Spin up new virtual data center environments in less than 20 minutes. Choose from on-demand billing with no upfront commitment, or a monthly reserved billing option.


Resize your deployments at any time by selecting from a range of host profiles by CPU, memory, and storage capacity required to run targeted VMware workloads.

Flexible consumption & performance options

Explore a wide range of consumption options for Single-tenant (dedicated infrastructure) or Multitenant (on-demand vCPU, RAM, Storage resources) for maximum flexibility. Storage performance options include NFS (0.25, 2, 4 & 10 IOPs/GB and vSAN).

High availability

Leverage IBM Cloud to monitor, patch, and maintain the VMware management plane (VMware Cloud Director, NSX-T, vSAN, vCenter Server, vSphere, etc.) and underlying hardware to a 99.99% availability SLA.

Easy deployment through portal or APIs

Seamlessly manage the lifecycle of director sites and virtual data centers when using the VCF as a Service console or REST API.

Self-service Backup

Discover natively integrated backup capabilities, ensuring business resiliency. Choose from market-leading backup solution to back up your VMware resources on IBM Cloud.

Sample VM configuration including VCF Licensing
On-Demand (Hourly)

(Price per VM in USD)

Reserved (Monthly)

(Price per VM + 1 Network Efficiency Edge in USD)

1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB vSAN Storage 



4 vCPU, 12 GB RAM, 100 GB vSAN Storage 



4 vCPU, 16 GB RAM, 100 GB vSAN Storage 



4 vCPU, 20 GB RAM, 100 GB vSAN Storage 



4 vCPU, 24 GB RAM, 100 GB vSAN Storage 



Starting Price: On-Demand consumption for a single VM running 24x7 with 1 vCPU, 1 GB of RAM and 20 GB of vSAN storage, with an Efficiency Network Edge server, is priced at ~USD127 per month in the DALLAS region. 

* Flexible VM configuration based on the workload needs

* All prices are inclusive of VCF licenses, that are built into the IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation as a Service platform

* To know the regional prices, and details of other pricing elements like File Storage, Network Edge Tiers, Add-ons, etc, please click here.

* Available in both Single and Multi-Zone Region

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Frequently asked questions

IBM Cloud is offering a limited time promotional credit of USD 1000 for new IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service customers. Experience the benefits of a fully managed VMware platform, combined with a highly available, scalable VMware solution, offered -as-a-Service. IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service is offered via on-demand (hourly) and reserved (monthly) billing options.

The credit has a duration of 45 days against your metered consumption of IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service, from the date of applying the code to the account. This offer is available to new IBM Cloud customers, and can be used for both Single-tenant and Multitenant consumption models of VCF as a Service.

To get started with IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation as a Service – Multitenant using the VCFAAS1000 promo code, follow the below steps:

Step 1. Create a Pay-as-you-go or Subscription account on IBM Cloud. Learn more

Step 2. Within the IBM cloud console, click Manage, then choose Billing and Usage from the drop-down list, and select Promotions and credits from the navigation bar on the left.

Step 3.  Enter VCFAAS1000 in the side panel, then click “Verify.” Once verified, click “Save” to successfully apply the promo code.

Step 4. Head to the IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation as a Service order page, and provision your instance. You can see the applied promo in the order summary panel on the right. Once the credit has been successfully applied, you can review your credit balance at any time by repeating Step 2. 

Offer Terms
There is a limit of one promotion code per customer account, and its usage is restricted to IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation as a Service. The USD 1000 credit is for use with this offer only and cannot be clubbed with other offers. Offer is subject to availability

IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service Single-tenant is the dedicated consumption model offered as part of IBM’s hosted VMware Cloud Director service. It allows you to right-size your managed infrastructure with a wide range of host profiles and storage options to choose from. It is ideally suited for production applications and regulated workloads that require isolation.

IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service multitenant is the shared consumption model offered as part of IBM’s hosted VMware Cloud Director service. It allows you to request VMware VMs on-demand with no up-front commitment (billed hourly) or take advantage of guaranteed capacity and discounted pricing with the Reserved billing option (billed monthly).

Yes. In the Virtual Data Center (VDC) customers can define and use the IP ranges they want.

Yes, for VCF as a Service Single-Tenant.

Capacity can be added or removed on a monthly billing model. Multiple types of servers can be added so you can add/change capacity or types by selecting another instance type.

The VCF as a Service multi-tenant model is tailored for

  • Workloads and applications that aren’t running 24x7 or require cloud bursting during peak demands
  • Users who want to get started quickly by deploying on infrastructure created by IBM
  • Users that prefer a pay-as-you-go usage, starting small and scaling up as needed
  • Users that need capacity reservation values smaller than 1 host
  • Use cases such as a cost-effective standby disaster recovery site or off-site VMware backups

The VCF as a Service Single tenant model is tailored for 

  • Workloads that require consistent performance related to using dedicated infrastructure
  • Optimized host configuration for the use case (Balanced, Compute Intensive, Storage Intensive, etc.)
  • Clients who want to manage capacity at the host level
  • Clients who want to offload the burden of maintaining the VMware environment to IBM

The multi-tenant model starts from USD 127/month. One can start with a minimum of 1vCPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB vSAN Storage, and 1 efficiency edge.

The single tenant model starts from USD 9,680/month. One can start with a minimum of 2 servers (6 servers for vSAN profiles).

A savings of up to 50% is only applicable to new VCF-as-a-Service (VMware Solutions on IBM Cloud) 1-or-3-year term contracts. Migration credits are only applicable to new VMware Cloud Foundation offerings (VMware solutions on IBM Cloud) clients only. This migration credit offer is valid now through September 30, 2024. Migration credits are available to IBM Cloud Paygo, Subscription, and Enterprise saving plan account types.

On-demand consumption for IBM Cloud for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) as a Service, inclusive of built-in VCF licenses, with a single virtual machine including 1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB vSAN storage, and an Efficiency Network Edge server is priced at USD 123.32/month across all IBM Cloud Single and Multizone Regions, excluding Dallas, TX IBM Cloud Data Centers, which costs USD 127.00/month. View additional pricing and configuration details.

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Creating a VDC in VCF as a Service using the VMware Cloud Director Console

Learn the basic steps to operationalize an IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service–single tenant instance after initial instance provisioning.

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Speak to a member of our sales team now to get started with IBM Cloud for VCF as a Service.

Price starts at USD 127/month*

*- Includes- 1 vCPU + 1 GB of RAM + 20 GB of storage