IBM Cloud VPS Plans 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

Features and Usability

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

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 
  • Rather slow UI.
  • Several errors with cryptic error message when creating VPC, instance or route.
Quality of Service 
  • Lets you go through all the steps to create the instance before telling you you needed to create a VPC first.
  • Odd sign up flow and timing for entering contact details and credit card information: in VPSB case it was requested when uploading the public SSH key to be used on the new instance (and of course it forgot all about the instance configuration when that was done).

IBM Cloud Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, 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

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each IBM Cloud VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
80s 80s 80s 1

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Plan Specifications

Price per month $69.14
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
The on-demand price for this plan is $72.72/month, which is 5% more expensive than the monthly price.
The surcharge does not apply if the VPS is used for 30 days or more.
Disk GB 100
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB 0
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 39

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - cx2-2x4. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
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Performance trials run on the cx2-2x4 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at The table below shows all trials run on the cx2-2x4 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 22 2020 Intel Core Processor (Broadwell, IBRS) Texas, USA D


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