IBM Cloud Virtual Servers features

Public servers

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Choose between monthly or hourly balanced, balanced local, compute, memory or GPU options:

• Balanced: Ideal for common cloud workloads requiring a balance of performance and scale.
• Balanced local: Ideal for large database workloads requiring high I/O performance and low latency performance. 100 GB primary is standard on all local storage configs.
• Compute: Ideal for CPU-intensive workloads.
• Memory: Ideal for memory-intensive workloads.
• GPU: Ideal for accelerated computing workloads such as machine/deep learning and high-performance computing (HPC).

Transient servers (spot pricing)

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Whether you refer to it as spot pricing or transient servers, it's all about running your flexible workloads on unused capacity at a fraction of the cost. When the capacity needs to be reclaimed, the transient servers will be deprovisioned on a first-on, first-off basis.

Transient servers are ideal for test and dev applications and other non-production workloads that don't require constant uptime — allowing you to save without stretching your budget.

Reserved servers

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Reserve a set of up to 20 specific virtual machines in advance for guaranteed capacity in the data center of your choice. Ideal for sustained workloads and enterprise-level capacity challenges. Choose a 1-year or 3-year term with consistent monthly payments and reclaim your reserves at any time.

Dedicated servers

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Single-tenant offering with rapid provisioning for further control and flexibility in VSI deployments. Choose up to 56 cores and 484 GB RAM. Monthly or hourly options.

Dedicated hosts

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Single-tenant dedicated hosts help with control over workload placement by ensuring your workloads are placed appropriately based on your requirements. You can also view resource consumption — core, RAM and local storage — for maximum control over workload management. Dedicated hosts can also support network throughputs of up to 20Gbps. Learn more about configuring for higher network performance.

Placement groups

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Easily plan for and implement high availability for your critical workloads on public virtual servers — cost free. Provisioning placement groups within your data center POD helps ensure five times the fault tolerant threshold without network latencies, bottlenecks or appliances.

Network and bandwidth

Get unlimited inbound public- and private-network bandwidth between IBM Cloud data centers around the world, and 250 GB of public bandwidth with monthly billing. Dedicated hosts can support up to 20 Gbps of network throughput with additional configuration.

Security and compliance

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers provide 24x7 onsite security, proximity and biometric access control, and digital security video surveillance.

System administration

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers offer advanced system reporting, automated OS reloads, remote reboot and console access, and Nimsoft monitoring.

Developer tools

With IBM Cloud Virtual Servers, you also get access to IBM Cloud APIs, the IBM Cloud Development Network, digital transcoding and email delivery service.

Suspend billing

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Temporarily pause your public virtual server and associated billing towards core, RAM, port speeds, primary IPs, OS software licensing and add-on software licensing. All IPs will remain attached to your instance. When you’re ready, power back up again and your public virtual server will be available in two minutes or less.

Virtual Servers versions

Public virtual servers

Multitenant virtual server deployments give you rapid scalability and higher cost effectiveness with predefined sizes.

Transient virtual servers

You call it spot pricing. We call it transient. This multitenant environment offers unused capacity at lower prices.

Reserved virtual servers

Reserve up to 20 specific virtual server instances for guaranteed capacity.

Dedicated virtual servers

Single-tenant with rapid provisioning and flexibility, enabling virtual server placement control for workloads requiring physical isolation.

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Can virtual servers match your workloads? Provision a public, dedicated, transient or reserved IBM Cloud Virtual Server and explore the options.