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
137s 120s 170s 4

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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 Plans

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Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers
Price per month $13.93
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB
Maximum Network Speed 100 Mbps
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 100%
Dedicated CPU No
Storage Root storage for this plan is networked.

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: 35

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
E F C E D
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2022 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - U1.1x2. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the U1.1x2 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the U1.1x2 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jul 09 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz Texas, USA D

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers/pricing/
Price per month $21.60
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 100
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 0
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No
Storage Root storage for this plan is local.

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: 25

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

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - BL2.1x2. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Yabs Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
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Performance trials run on the BL2.1x2 plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the BL2.1x2 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 30 2022 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8260 CPU @ 2.40GHz Washington DC, USA E
Nov 02 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz Washington DC, USA D

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers/pricing/
Price per month $25.21
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 0
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No
Storage Root storage for this plan is networked.

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: 24

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D F E F E
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - C1.1x1. 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 C1.1x1 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the C1.1x1 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Mar 26 2022 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8260 CPU @ 2.40GHz Washington DC, USA E

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers
Price per month $30.24
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 25
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB
Maximum Network Speed 100 Mbps
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 100%
Dedicated CPU No
Storage Root storage for this plan is networked.

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: 46

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
C E B E D
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - U1.2x4. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the U1.2x4 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the U1.2x4 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Oct 12 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2690 v4 @ 2.60GHz Texas, USA D

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/virtual-servers/pricing/
Price per month $59.98
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 100
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 250
Maximum Network Speed 100 Mbps
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No
Storage Root storage for this plan is local.

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: 56

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B D B C E
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for IBM Cloud - BL2.2x4. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the BL2.2x4 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the BL2.2x4 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Feb 10 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz Texas, USA C

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.ibm.com/cloud/vpc/pricing
Price per month $69.14
Warning: network bandwidth costs are not included in this price.
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
Surcharge
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
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
C E D E D
Show Price Weighted Grades   

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
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the cx2-2x4 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. 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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