Virtual server pricing and billing features

Pick a pricing plan to fit your need

You can choose predefined sizes and costs from our IBM Cloud® Virtual Servers for Classic Infrastructure offerings in hourly or monthly billing cycles.

Virtual server instance options

Public servers

Public servers

Public, multi-tenant servers come in a variety of pre-configured profiles to better suit your dynamic workload requirements. Profiles include: Compute, Variable Compute, Memory, GPU, Balanced and Balanced Local Storage.

Dedicated servers

Dedicated servers

Dedicated, single-tenant servers offer added control and isolation for sensitive workload requirements. You choose dedicated hosts or dedicated instances. Dedicated hosts help with control over workload placement and dedicated instances offer single-tenant isolation.

Transient servers

Transient servers

Transient servers — also known as “spot pricing” servers — are deprovisioned on a first-on, first-off basis, come at a significantly lower price and are ideal for dev/test applications and other nonproduction workloads that don’t require constant uptime.

Reserved servers

Reserved servers

Reserve up to 20 virtual servers in advance, in the data center of your choice. Choose 1-year or 3-year contract terms. Reserved virtual servers are ideal for sustained workloads that require enterprise-level budgeting outlooks.

Dedicated hosts

Dedicated hosts

Single-tenant dedicated hosts help control workload placement and support network throughputs of up to 20 Gbps. View core, RAM and local storage consumption for maximum control of workload management.

Virtual server profiles

Overview

Overview

When provisioning an IBM Cloud Virtual Server, you select a profile — a combination of vCPU and RAM that can be instantiated quickly. Choose a popular configuration or pick from a list.

Compute

Compute

Ideal for CPU-intensive workloads, such as front-end processing and batch processing.

Variable compute

Variable compute

Ideal for low-usage and intermittent workloads that don’t require consistent CPU-capacity performance.

Memory

Memory

Ideal for memory-intensive workloads, like in-memory analytics and medium-to-large caching.

GPU

GPU

Ideal for high-performance workloads requiring more compute density, such as AI, intense graphics and data applications, and deep learning.

Balanced

Balanced

Ideal for common cloud workloads requiring a balance of performance and scale, such as moderate web traffic.

Balanced local storage

Balanced local storage

Ideal for large database workloads requiring low latency and high I/O performance. Select from SSD and HDD storage options.

Virtual server networking and bandwidth

Global network

Global network

Deploy virtual server workloads in over 60 IBM Cloud Data Centers across 6 regions and 19 availability zones globally. Built for local access, low latency and certified security, IBM Cloud offers a range of choices about where and how your data and workloads run. The availability zone design can make applications and databases highly available, fault-tolerant and scalable.

In-network bandwidth

In-network bandwidth

All inbound and outbound bandwidth inside the IBM Cloud global, private network is unlimited and cost-free for your virtual server use.

Outbound data transfer

Outbound data transfer

Public, outbound bandwidth is charged on a tiered basis, with a set allotment for each month of your virtual server use.

IBM Cloud VPC

IBM Cloud VPC

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers on the IBM Cloud VPC network deliver fast provisioning compute capacity with the highest network speeds and most secure, software-defined networking resources available on the IBM Cloud.

Additional features

Explore virtual server resources

Autoscaling

Scale your cloud. Deploy or cancel servers with ease.

Network and bandwidth

Get unlimited bandwidth between IBM Cloud data centers.

System administration

Get reporting, OS reloads, remote reboot, monitoring.

Getting started

Start customizing your virtual server in minutes. Create an account and get USD 200 in credits today to use toward your cloud environment.