IBM Cloud VPS Review

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IBM Cloud was founded in 2007.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Storage and Networking hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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IBM Cloud VPS Features

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  No

Available for a fee as part of IBM Cloud Internet Services.

Backups  No
Control Panel  Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  6
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
Monitoring Charts  Yes

CPU, disk, memory, network.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  Yes
Reverse DNS  No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards
Hidden CPU Model  Yes
Affiliate Program  No
Firewall  Yes
Shelving  No
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IBM Cloud Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, IBM Cloud also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage   Load balancer   Floating IP addresses  
Team Management   Managed databases   Serverless   DDoS protection   Kubernetes  
GPU instances   Private network  

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each IBM Cloud VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
140s 120s 170s 3

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Network Bandwidth Prices

These are the network bandwidth prices charged by IBM Cloud for outbound transfers from VPS to the internet.

For a comparison of bandwidth prices from all providers, go to the Network Bandwitdh Prices page.

Description Price / GB
Pricing model: Allowance Then Charged (the provider gives a free bandwidth allowance with each server. Bandwidth above the free allowance is charged by the provider.)
Free allowance: 5 GB / month (for a 2 core 4GB instance or closest available)
Transfer pool: yes
https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers/pricing
Between 0TB and 0.005TB: $0.000/GB
Between 0.005TB and 10TB: $0.087/GB
Between 10TB and 50TB: $0.083/GB
Between 50TB and 150TB: $0.070/GB
Above 150TB: $0.050/GB

IBM Cloud Instance Types and Plans

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All IBM Cloud instance types

Note: All VPS prices reported at VPSBenchmarks are for one month without any further commitment and before promotions. The IPv4 charge is added to the VPS monthly price in case the provider doesn't include it by default.

Plan Number of CPU cores RAM Storage Price
Family:
Classic Infrastructure
Instance Type:
Balanced

Public multi-tenant servers with local storage and balanced ratio of CPU and RAM.

BL2.1x2 1 2.0GB 100GB $24.00
BL2.2x4 2 4.0GB 100GB $59.98
Family:
Classic Infrastructure
Instance Type:
Compute

Compute profiles are best for moderate to high web-traffic workloads, such as workloads with intensive CPU demands, including production batch processing and front-end web servers.

C1.1x1 1 1.0GB 25GB $25.21
Family:
Classic Infrastructure
Instance Type:
Variable Compute

Burstable instances. Compute profiles are best for moderate to high web-traffic workloads, such as workloads with intensive CPU demands, including production batch processing and front-end web servers.

U1.1x2 1 2.0GB 25GB $13.93
U1.2x4 2 4.0GB 25GB $30.24
Family:
Classic Infrastructure
Instance Type:
Memory

Memory profiles are best for memory-intensive workloads, such as large memory-caching workloads, intensive database applications or in-memory and real-time analytics workloads.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
VPC
Instance Type:
Balanced bx2

Balanced profiles offer a core to RAM ratio 1 vCPU to 4 GiB of RAM ratio and are best for midsize databases and common cloud applications with moderate traffic.
Prices include a mandatory 100GB boot disk.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.
Family:
VPC
Instance Type:
Compute cx2

Compute profiles offer a core to RAM ratio 1 vCPU to 2 GiB of RAM ratio and are best for moderate to high web traffic workloads. Compute profiles are best for workloads with intensive CPU demands, such as high web traffic workloads, production batch processing, and front-end web servers.
Prices include a mandatory 100GB boot disk.

cx2-2x4 2 4.0GB 100GB $69.14
Family:
VPC
Instance Type:
Memory mx2

Memory profiles offer a core to RAM ratio 1 vCPU to 8 GiB of RAM ratio and are best for memory caching and real-time analytics workloads. Memory profiles are best for memory intensive workloads, such as large caching workloads, intensive database applications, or in-memory analytics workloads.
Prices include a mandatory 100GB boot disk.

VPSBenchmarks has not tested any plan for this instance type yet.

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