What are virtual servers?

Virtual servers, also called virtual machines (VMs) or virtual private servers, are scalable and come with dedicated core and memory allocations. They’re a great option if you’re looking for compute resources that can be added in minutes, with access to features like image templates. The hypervisor is fully managed by the IBM Cloud and you can perform configuration and management tasks by using both the IBM Cloud client portal and the API. VMs on classic infrastructures are deployed to the same VLANs as physical servers, enabling you to spread workloads across virtual servers and bare-metal servers, while maintaining interoperability. Virtual servers are fully customizable when you order them, with options to scale as your compute needs grow.

IBM Cloud now offers a next-generation virtual private cloud (VPC). IBM Cloud VPC is your own protected space in the IBM Cloud, providing the advanced security of a private cloud with the agility and ease of a public cloud.

IBM Cloud Virtual Server versions — classic infrastructure

Variety of pricing options

Choose public, multitenant servers for rapid scalability and cost-effectiveness with predefined sizes. Looking for more? We also offer Dedicated Hosts, Transient “spot” and Reserved.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers features

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.

Auto scaling

Use auto scaling to automatically grow or shrink your cloud environment and never lift a finger again to deploy additional virtual servers or cancel unneeded ones.

Varied pricing options

Choose multitenant or dedicated virtual servers for predefined sizes and costs in hourly and monthly billing cycles, multitenant transient virtual servers ("spot" pricing) for on-demand capacity at lower prices, or reserved virtual servers for guaranteed capacity to claim anytime.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers benefits


Get public or dedicated virtual servers and local or SAN storage. Deploy and scale with maximum workload placement. Hourly or monthly options are available, and the servers are completely integrated.


Every virtual server is guaranteed, with no over-subscription on core or RAM.


IBM Cloud offers locations around the world to meet your users where they are.


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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.