IONOS Review


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IONOS in its own words


IONOS is a leading provider of cloud infrastructure, cloud services, and hosting with more than eight million customer contracts worldwide. The product portfolio offers everything that companies need to be successful in the cloud: from domains to classic websites and to full-fledged servers and IaaS solutions. The portfolio is aimed at freelancers, small businesses and enterprise customers with complex IT requirements.

Formerly known as 1&1 Hosting, IONOS is one of the largest web hosting companies and one of the oldest, too. 1&1 Hosting merged with ProfitBricks in 2018, would rebrand to IONOS in 2021 and went public in 2023.

IONOS was founded as a VPS provider in 1988.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It employs 4000 people.
It offers Web, Wordpress, Dedicated and VPS and Cloiud Server products hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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IONOS VPS Features

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

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Mixed
DDOS Protection  Yes
Backups  No

It is possible to create an image from the VPS. The cost is between $0.05/GB/month and $0.07/GB/month.

Control Panel  Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  7
Number of Datacenter Continents  2
Monitoring Charts  Yes

Unlike most competitors, the 1and1 charts allow picking the time period to be displayed.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  Yes
Mobile Friendly UI  Yes
Reverse DNS  Yes
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards, Paypal
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
IPv6 support  Yes
Firewall  Yes

Allows adding and removing open ports. Keeps track of the history of additions and removals.

Shelving  No
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Pros and Cons


  • Free load balancer.
  • Unlimited traffic.


  • Slowish management UI.

IONOS Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, IONOS 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 IONOS 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
204s 50s 780s 11

Control Panel Screenshots

Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage Prices page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Description Restriction
Backups $0.050 Backups can be encrypted, scheduled and versioned.
IONOS backups storage
Prices vary depending on storage size and add-ons, more value in larger storage needs. Pay-per-use variant for 0.07 USD/GB/month.
Object $0.017 S3 compatible object storage. Incoming traffic is free. Outgoing traffic starts at $0.036/GB for the first 10TB and becomes cheaper for larger transfer volumes.
IONOS object storage

Network Bandwidth Prices

These are the network bandwidth prices charged by IONOS 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: Unlimited (the provider does not charge for bandwidth and allows unlimited transfer with possible throttling.)
Port speed: 400 Mbps
This pricing applies to both the "VPS" and "Cloud Server" product ranges.
IONOS networking
This provider does not charge for bandwidth.

This provider offers the following promotion:

New Cloud Server customers get a credit of up to $100 applied to their first month’s bill. The credit is valid for 1 month and any unused credit expires following the first invoice.

IONOS Instance Types and Plans

How fast are IONOS servers?
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All IONOS instance types

Note: All VPS prices reported at VPSBenchmarks are for one month without any further commitment and before promotions unless noted otherwise. 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
General Purpose
Instance Type:
VPS Linux

Dedicated resources, unlimited traffic with full root access and API.

VPS Linux M 2 4.0GB 160GB $9.00 / month
VPS Linux L 4 8.0GB 240GB $15.00 / month
VPS Linux XL 8 16.0GB 320GB $28.00 / month
VPS Linux XXL 12 24.0GB 640GB $50.00 / month
General Purpose
Instance Type:
Cloud Servers

Per hour billing, VMWare virtualization, REST API, unmetered bandwidth and Intel Xeon processors.

Cloud Server S 1 1.0GB 40GB $5.00 / month
Cloud Server L 2 4.0GB 80GB $20.00 / month
Cloud Server RAM L 2 8.0GB 80GB $30.00 / month
Cloud Server XL 4 8.0GB 120GB $35.00 / month
Cloud Server XXL 8 16.0GB 160GB $85.00 / month
Cloud Computing
Instance Type:

Enterprise-grade virtual private servers. Cost-effective virtual servers that you can use as independent computing capacity for workloads such as development and test environments (incl. integration into the CI/CD pipeline). Use our easily configurable server-and-storage system to the extent you need at any time.
IONOS Cloud Cubes works by default with an attached NVMe volume, which can be expanded with HDD or SSD network block storage as needed.

Cubes S 1 2.0GB 50GB $11.00 / month
Cubes M 2 4.0GB 80GB $22.00 / month
Cubes L 4 8.0GB 160GB $44.00 / month
Cubes XL 6 16.0GB 320GB $88.00 / month
Instance Type:

No description

Cloud Server M (Off rankings) 2 2.0GB 60GB $12.00 / month

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