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

IONOS was created in 2018 from the merger of 1&1 and IaaS provider ProfitBricks. IONOS is part of the listed United Internet AG.

IONOS was founded in 1988.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It employs 7000 people.
It offers Web, Wordpress, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

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

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IONOS Cloud Data Center Designer Published on November 18th 2022

IONOS launched a new Cloud Computing platform earlier this year. The IaaS platform is designed to come with a superior price-performance ratio and it features a remarkably easy to use visual Data Center Designer (DCD) to deploy your infrastructure. Of course, this graphical user interface is supplemented by full-fledged Cloud REST APIs. Managed PaaS services come on top of IaaS. This is remarkably distinct from the existing VPS and Cloud Servers that IONOS has been offering for many years due to its full scalability, enhanced flexibility and unbeaten granularity. Head to IONOS Cloud to get a full overview.

Features in IONOS Cloud are not limited to servers: with the DCD, you can configure the entire cloud infrastructure of your company including load Balancers, block storage volumes, NAT Gateways and cloud server instances or just turn to the Cloud API for automation. IONOS Cloud also offers managed Kubernetes, databases and object storage. The Open-source based virtualization, using KVM hypervisor and Qemu for Hardware emulation, is completely IONOS-owned.

Here is an example of an architecture with 3 servers connected to the internet through a load balancer that is setup in the DCD. With the DCD, you drag and drop components of your infrastructure and assorted PaaS services one by one and then you create network links between the components. Once your design is ready, all you need to do is "Provision Changes" and all components of your infrastructure will come to life.


To minimize your costs, IONOS offers "Cubes": they are affordable T-shirt-sized predefined servers that can be inserted into your architecture with a drag and drop just like any other component. A Cubes S with 1 vCPU, 2GB RAM and 50G storage costs $11 per month. Cloud Cubes are billed by the minute and are fully integrated in IONOS Cloud Compute Engine.

The DCD is available in Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, France and in the USA. You can get started with $500 free credits at

IONOS VPS Features

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

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Mixed
DDOS Protection  No
Backups  No

It is possible to create an image from the VPS. The cost is $5.76/month for a Cloud Server L VPS.

Control Panel  Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  4
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
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
539s 45s 1680s 12

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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 $0.120 Backups can be encrypted, scheduled and versioned.
A flat $5/month for 50GB backup is also available.

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.
This provider does not charge for bandwidth.

This provider offers the following promotion:

New 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.

Promo link:

Value: $100

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IONOS Instance Types and Plans

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All IONOS instance types

Plan Num cores RAM Price
General Purpose
Instance Type:

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

VPS L 2 4.0GB $15.00
VPS M RAM 2 6.0GB $15.00
VPS XL 4 8.0GB $25.00
VPS XXL 6 12.0GB $35.00
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 $5.00
Cloud Server L 2 4.0GB $20.00
Cloud Server RAM L 2 8.0GB $30.00
Cloud Server XL 4 8.0GB $35.00
Cloud Server XXL 8 16.0GB $85.00
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 $11.00
Cubes L 4 8.0GB $44.00
Instance Type:
VPS M (Off rankings) 2 2.0GB $5.00
Cloud Server M (Off rankings) 2 2.0GB $12.00


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