IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (dedicated host)

starting at $0.22

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (dedicated host)

starting at $149.00

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers (multi-tenant)

starting at $0.038

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)


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What is IBM Cloud Virtual Servers?

IBM Cloud virtual server environments deliver cloud-native solutions that work across public, private and hybrid deployments. Boasting cost-savings, control, and visibility that is needed with a variety of flexible provisioning and pricing options, including single and multi-tenant environments, hourly and monthly pricing, reserved capacity terms and spot billing. Its elastic infrastructure, globally distributed data centers and premium services aim to bring data to life no matter where it resides.

Smart provisioning
Customize with a variety of virtual server instances and billing options. Rapidly scale up or down, on-demand. Stay open with no vendor lock-ins, and reply on complete integration with new and traditional architectures.

Highly distributed
Access a globally distributed network of modern data centers with built in high-availability and security, inbound public bandwidth and high-speed private network options, public and private network ports, fast data ingest offerings, geographically redundant DNS, and dual-stack IP capabilities.

Advanced essentials
Build blended hybrid environments with predictability and confidence. Create new solutions that interact with existing infrastructure and applications. Access a variety of network choices and powerful AI solutions designed to put data to work.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Features

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Features

  • Supported: Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
  • Supported: Dynamic scaling
  • Supported: Elastic load balancing
  • Supported: Pre-configured templates
  • Supported: Monitoring tools
  • Supported: Pre-defined machine images
  • Supported: Operating system support
  • Supported: Security controls

Additional Features

  • Supported: Remote management
  • Supported: Virtual GPU support
  • Supported: Suspend billing
  • Supported: Flexible instance options
  • Supported: Spot pricing
  • Supported: Placement groups for high-availability

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Competitors

  • AWS EC2 Virtual Servers
  • Google Compute Engine Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationMobile Web

Frequently Asked Questions

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are customizable, public or private, cloud-based servers available from IBM. User can launch applications and software across blended, hybrid environments as the servers integrate with all cloud models.

Reviewers rate Security controls highest, with a score of 9.1.

The most common users of IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.


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Jonathan Crook | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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My company made a decision to deploy a key part of our technology stack by making use of the IBM Cloud Virtual Servers. Our core requirement was to make use of two IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to host our functionality for social media and news collection and analysis. This functionality is offered as part our wider application and services a variety of commercial clients, to provide them with location specific and high relevance information concerning certain set subjects. We required the highest levels of availability and reliability from the IBM Virtual Cloud Servers.
  • Explaining the nature of the service.
  • Providing rapid access to the process of setting up the servers.
  • Testing of initialisation of individual servers.
  • Unfortunate absence of sufficient technical guidance to enable set up.
  • Very limited live support to help with deployment issues.
Our development team was unable to get the Docker Containers implemented and successfully running. We spent over four days on this task and made effort to source additional support and advice from the IBM Cloud Team. We have a modicum of assistance but we remained unable to get the Docker Containers working. We made a judgment that the amount of time and effort we would have to dedicate to having sufficient detailed technical confidence in our use of the IBM Cloud Virtual Servers was an overwhelming obstacle. Hence, a decision was made to cease the use of IBM Cloud Virtual Servers.
Transient pricing has had no impact as we were unable to successfully achieve a working implementation of IBM Cloud Virtual Servers.
Harish Pesala | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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We've been using IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Virtual Servers. The support is excellent and plays to IBM's strengths.
  • Secured manage services
  • Integration with other IBM services
  • Doesn't have the depth and spread of services compared to AWS/G Cloud
If you already have existing tools built on IBM, it is easier to integrate IBM Cloud Virtual Servers.
We've never had onsite/hosted servers, so this is the same as any cloud service provider.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Virtual Server is being used by different development teams in our organization for creating, managing, and scaling the virtual servers as per the demand and requirement for different software and applications. We have development, UAT, and Production servers for multiple and changing requirements and need.
  • Easy to scale.
  • Fast and reliable.
  • Responsive UI.
  • Pricing is very genuine and competitive.
  • Multi operating system support.
  • Documentation needs improvement.
  • IBM Support is somewhat slow in responding to the queries.
IBM Cloud Virtual Server is well suited for medium to large-sized projects which require setting up multiple machines in a limited time with no hassle of managing and complying with the software and hardware at regular intervals.
Syed Shahrukh Hassan Rizvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers enable our company to quickly and easily create and manage virtual servers in the cloud. We can use them to run our applications, test new software, and scale our infrastructure as needed. The scope of our use case is to create and manage virtual servers, and this product helps us do that. The business problems addressed by IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are the time and cost to provision and manage cloud servers. This product's ability to quickly and easily create new virtual servers reduces the amount of time it takes to get our applications up and running. And the ability to manage servers from a single console helps reduce the cost of managing our infrastructure. Overall, IBM Cloud Virtual Servers help us save time and money, which enables us to focus on our core business.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers provide an easy way to set up and manage virtual machines. It lets you provision servers instantly, scaling your computing capacity as needed. All of this happens within the IBM Cloud and it's managed by experts to ensure security and uptime.
  • Virtual servers can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from developing or testing new software applications to running critical business operations. The IBM Cloud has the scale and elasticity to support a wide variety of workloads and the security and reliability to ensure your data is always safe.
  • IT managers can select from a menu of images preconfigured with popular applications or machines running a customer's existing software. The self-service portal simplifies the deployment of virtual servers, storage, and networking to any user within a company—without requiring help from IT.
  • It would also be nice if there were more templates to choose from when creating a server. Right now there are only a few options, and we'd like to see more variety.
  • We'd like to see the ability to create server groups. This would make it easier to manage a large number of servers since we could do all of the updates and management tasks for them at once.
  • There doesn't seem to be a way to automatically install updates on all of the virtual servers. We have to go in and manually update each one, which can be time-consuming. It would be really nice if automatic updates can be done.
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is well-suited for use when an organization requires the ability to create multiple infrastructure environments in a short period of time without having to manage hardware or software. On the other hand, it is not appropriate for use in scenarios that require a high level of security or compliance, as the infrastructure is hosted on shared hardware.
Transient pricing enabled organizations to run flexible workloads on spare capacity. It was a fraction of the cost of dedicated servers. The impact that transient pricing had on my organization is that it allowed management to be more flexible with the resources. By being able to use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers, we were able to save money and still get the performance we needed.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to provide testing and production VMs for teams within our software organization. Our main use case is the need for easy to deploy servers that have good availability and that are also easy for our DevOps team to configure to suit various testing and automated testing needs.
  • Fairly easy to deploy.
  • Good availability.
  • Flexible and easy to configure.
  • Cost.
  • Usability sometimes is a bit more complicated than it needs to be.
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are well suited to cases where you need to be assured of availability and if there are various server configurations that are needed. We currently utilize these for some smaller software projects to provide test and some production environments, but not sure how well it would scale (cost-wise and usability-wise) if we were to move to it for the whole software organization.
It's nice that we only get charged for what we use, the pricing structure is straightforward and it's great that it's built-in and we don't have to go through reallocations in order to get more or less capacity. This makes it easy for us to bring on or obsolete test environments quickly and without incurring unnecessary costs.
Amit Kumar Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We are in Deep Tech space ( or DeepLearning ). We use AI to create voice that will almost sound like human. So mostly, We use IBM's Virtual GPU servers for training and evaluating our deep-learning models.
  • On-demand pay feature, [because] GPU [is] costly. When they are shut down, they almost charge 0$
  • Bare-metal OS, No pre-install vendor software
  • Seeing the monthly pricing before creating VS
  • Having a market place for pre-defined images would be great (i.e DeepLearning with pytorch image)
  • It would be great if GPU drivers are installed during VS creating process (i.e i have find NVDIA driver and install it by myself, [which] takes a-lot of time)
  • While creating an VS. Extra HD space should be mounted automatically. Instead, [I have to] log in and mount it by myself.
I would really love if you can provide pre-installed images for OS. When i was setting-up my OS for Pytorch environment, I had to setup following things by myself: 1) Mounting extra space, 2) Finding and Installing NVDIA driver, [and] 3) Install[ing] pytorch and supporting software. This whole process took around 3-4 hours which [I belive] is a complete waste of time and money for me. I used to do my development on AWS. Perhaps [you] should look at their marketplace.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to host and deploy our project for instances. There was an auto scaling issue in our organization, but IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is good at that, so we don't need to worry much about that. We store our databases as well to make them more scalable and secure them on the server.
  • Auto scaling
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are easy to understand, so we can save our time
  • It is easy to access and manage
  • The user interface need some improvement
  • In home, there should be all infrastructure reports
  • There should be more customization options
If you want autoscaling in your app or project, then you should definitely use this. In case you need to host email servers for email tracking management, IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is a great solution. If the app needs a super-performing machine, then IBM Power Virtual Server is the best choice. But nothing is free and the price will be very expensive.
Instead of having its own on-premises servers, having this cloud as a hybrid will help reduce costs. The transitional costs that IBM offers for virtual workers in the cloud permits our association to build up extra information is just a small portion of the expense. This is a helpful choice that limits costs.
Lavish Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to deploy and host our code for running our instances. The auto-scaling issue was our major focus problem and IBM cloud virtual servers handled this ease in our organization. We use it for team-specific projects to deploy, We store our database as well to make them more scalable and secure on the server.
  • 24x7 Support
  • Easy to deploy
  • Affordable compared to the competitors.
  • Creating virtual servers is easy.
  • The software is very fast.
  • More [reliability]
  • Downtime
  • User trainings
It best fits in a large-scale, fine tunned environment where technology is well implemented. Small scale or where technology is not well-implemented and a bit difficult to manage.Budget-friendly, easy to manage, and user-friendly. Round-the-clock customer support and less downtime. More auto-recovery options in case of errors or failure. It also can be implemented in almost all technology like DLP, endpoints, McAfee, mainframe, database, automation, manufacturing, retail, banking, [the] healthcare environment, and hospitality services, not only in information technology domains.
Score 8 out of 10
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Flexible and scalable compute is a cornerstone of the cloud revolution. IBM Cloud Virtual Servers allows us to spin up any number of virtual machines of varying configurations to support our system's workload. The ability to scale up on demand allows us to support [our] user base throughout changes.
  • Effortless scalability
  • High SLA and very reliable
  • Good client APIs to scale on demand
  • User interface can be improved
  • Can always make more affordable
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is the perfect solution for scaling compute in the IBM Cloud ecosystem. The machine configurations are very flexible and can scale as many nodes as needed to support the current load on the system. It is less appropriate if a more managed service is needed — IBM's Kubernetes offering would work well in this case.
We haven't used the transient virtual server offering, but it should save a lot in costs.
Chetan Chandrapal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using IBM virtual cloud server for the deployment of our web application over a high-speed and secured cloud environment. I like it most because they provide virtualized dedicated server. They are delivering the highest Uptime with great performance. Compute work of a large company can be performed with [these] virtual servers.
  • It provides virtualize dedicated server.
  • Easy customization and configuration of a virtual server.
  • Easy to deploy in the variety of configurations
  • High Availability
  • What I don't like very much is that sometimes it is difficult to find what you are looking for.
  • Complex user interface.
  • Price is quite high.
Based on my experience IBM Cloud virtual servers is well suited for developing applications and server hosting on various operating systems. The support which IBM provides is really impressive. They should bring up more Integrations and also These servers are quite expensive. thus these are the only thing that I dislike.
I like this feature because it allows us to spend on what we need at the time. That means that we pay on an as per our need. Their pricing structure is easy to understand. For smaller businesses, IBM transient pricing is very helpful.
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are a very easy-to-use and well-documented product, we use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers as our test environment for most of our projects. we also use other virtual servers providers but IBM offers much easier control of the Cloud Virtual Servers
  • Security
  • Easy to use
  • scalable
  • The User interface need some improvement
  • Need more regions
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is well suited for testing your applications and having an email server on it, we already using other provider services for project deployment and running WebApps we don't have a better reason for migrating to IBM which offers similar features and services
Transient pricing for IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are very helpful it helps to set up our testing environment in the IBM cloud space, the pricing is very clean and transparent which is predictable this allows [scaling] quickly when we need extra resources at peak time
Sai karthik Satyavarapu | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We are using IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for our customers for application hosting. The auto-scaling feature is most effective and helped our customers without any issues. We also use our databases on virtual servers as they are more secure and reliable.
  • auto scaling
  • Speed
  • Security
  • Cost effective.
  • Few UI enhancements required as its confusing for new users.
  • Dashboards
  • Reserved dedicated instances like AWS
  • Cost can be little bit less
IBM Virtual servers are used for application hosting and for migrations. We can easily scale the instances with fewer options. There should be also a customized OS from the marketplace which is lacking due to which we cannot use for all applications testing.
Transient pricing is good easy to calculate and make decisions on which servers can be used and performed. We mostly calculate on bulk servers so it's easy for us to choose between cloud vendors.
Ayush Dhawan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers has helped to implement virtualized, single-tenant, dedicated servers. We already had a setup on IBM P series and planned to migrate the setup on Cloud. Took help form the vendor i.e. IBM on the support documents and I must say they have maintained the KB very well and are self sufficient to help implement the migration. This was a setup of Migration from 70 IBM P-series servers to IBM Cloud Virtual environment.
  • Migration
  • Cost Analysis
  • Monitoring integration
  • Licensing
  • Disk Latency analysis
  • Further API integration
This has helped in the below listed cases - *Small setup where hosts are like 50-100 *Already on IBM environment and has the dependency of the systems. *Customer has regained trust in the IBM products in the past as it becomes a little difficult for some new clients to understand the IBM licensing and cost analysis.
This has literally reduced the cost of the overall setup as we were paying a lot on the DC pricing and further AMC values where clients used to encounter the high outages and some places where the point in time recovery was almost not-possible. The cost has reduced to almost 60% of what we used to pay before.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our goal was to create SAP HANA DB on a Power Virtual Server instance on IBM Cloud to demonstrate to customers that SAP HANA on Power Virtual Server has an advantage because the machine is much more performant than competitors' offerings.
  • Performance
  • Easy to create
  • Super fast Internet connection
  • In some location the are not free machines
  • In some locations will generate error during the creation
If you need a super-performing machine then IBM Power Virtual Server is the best choice. But of course, nothing is free and the price will be very expensive. You need to really know what do you need in advance or you going to pay a lot of money. They offer also the possibility to have a development machine (with low memory) at reduced prices.
Power Virtual Server is charged per hour so it is possible to reserve the machine only for short time. Once the machine is reserved is not possible to change the amount of memory, is static.
Score 9 out of 10
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We mainly rely on IBM Cloud Virtual Services as a webs server and DNS for our client's websites, as well as our own, main company website. We also rely heavily on the Virtual Server for testing new features and finding bugs before deployment.
  • Manageable control of individual servers and DNS settings
  • Creating different profiles or identities so users can work on separate projects
  • The IBM Cost Calculator is a nice feature that shows the people at IBM have tried hard to think of extra features that B2B customers could benefit from
  • We have not had a great experience with support. Other devs will know that it can be very nerve-racking to have clients bombarding you because of an issue that you need support's help to fix.
  • Documentation could definitely be helped. Maybe a better on-boarding guide?
  • Dashboard is a bit slow and clunky
It's great for testing new projects and features and ensuring that the finished product (prior to deployment, of course!) is smooth, ready to go, and free of bugs. I also appreciate that you can set up different identities because it allows our users to log in and out as different people when necessary, for testing purposes.
The transient pricing model is amazingly helpful. It is very helpful to be able to set up simulations for testing and get them running, and then step away for a break or lunch and it was at a very competitive price. As a smaller business, I appreciate when we can spend less if we use less and that's exactly how this pricing model is set up. Win-win!
September 28, 2021

IBM Cloud recommendations

Score 10 out of 10
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We use IBM cloud services for production servers and testing servers. We directly host our development to VPC for client approvals before final deployment to [the] production environment. After clients' approvals, we proceed to [the] production server and delivery. Sometimes before delivering to clients we need to test more load and some other things that work under our organization and it should be in our infrastructure only so IBM VPC is [the] best option for us.
  • IBM VPC connect through any ssh and it's easy to handle it through any instance.
  • Public key and private key for access server is best part in security concerns.
  • Lightweight application to be easy to host on VPC rather than software as a service.
  • Need to improve in ubuntu updates
  • Dashboard should have all infrastructure reports
  • SSH key should automatically generated
It's suited best for hosting small-scale applications and managing [them] through any repository. You have total control over hosting and manage it through any instance from local machines to [the] hosting server. If you host your application on VPC all resources are in your control like php.ini Apache and many others.
This is [a] cost-effective solution infrastructure as a service as monthly or hourly charges which reduce [the] cost of development as you use it as per your need. When you are out of work you simply stop service and it's no billing for particular the session when your service is stopped. This saves [a] lot of your development cost.
Score 6 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers, called also VSI (Virtual Server Instance), in various ways:
  • Some services for our customers (e.g. mail server, web server, DNS).
  • Some internal services, that for various reasons, we prefer to keep separate from the main infrastructure.
  • Backup server (with Veeam) for our bare metal-based infrastructure.
We chose IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to have VMs immediately ready and scalable at will. We also find it valuable to have licenses (eg Microsoft Windows and Veeam) with a monthly fee, without worrying about contracts, maintenance, and renewals.
  • Scalability
  • Clear pricing
  • KVM
  • Networking
  • Firewall
  • Stability
  • Performance
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are well suited in scenarios when you need some compute power in a very reliable data center with many certifications useful for compliance. The other thing I like is that the VM pricing is clear and there are no weird calculations to do.

Unfortunately, I must note that IBM Cloud is not a winner over the rest of its competitors:
  • Often poor performance. If the VM happens to be on an "unlucky" host because other customers are using resources, you have to open a case and ask for moving the VM to another host.
  • Tickets are often responded to after hours or days.
  • The KVM is very bad (based on Java, it does not work on modern browsers but must be opened via a VNC client) and often does not work (also, here you have to ask the support).
  • The VMs are based on XenServer. The drivers must be updated often and the procedure to update them is absurd (after the update the network configurations are lost and you have to reboot, login with the KVM, and restore them). If you do not update the drivers you have stability and crash problems, especially with Windows.
  • They often do maintenance with downtime and automatic VM restarts.
  • The firewall they propose (Vyatta) is the most inconvenient to use I've ever seen. The alternative is to rely on very simple and limited network rules.
  • The amount of internet traffic included is low and the costs to exceed the included ones are very high.
This is really a plus: IBM Cloud pricing is very clear and predictable with simple calculators. The ability to dynamically change the amount of CPU and RAM. Storage IOPS of a VM saves a lot of money when performance is not needed, as well as allows you to scale quickly when more resources are required at peak times.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using IBM cloud virtual servers in Symantec data loss prevention enterprise server as storage.
  • Realability
  • Speed
  • Cost
  • Easy to manage
  • More realability
  • Downtime
  • User trainings
It best fits in a large-scale, fine tunned environment where technology is well implemented. Small scale or where technology is not well-implemented and a bit difficult to manage.

Budget-friendly, easy to manage, and user-friendly. Round-the-clock customer support and less downtime. More auto-recovery options in case of errors or failure. It also can be implemented in almost all technology like DLP, endpoints, McAfee, mainframe, database, automation, manufacturing, retail, banking, healthcare environment, and hospitality services, not only in information technology domains.
Yes, it has more convenient options on flexible pricing, on-demand purchases, etc.
Score 7 out of 10
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Our production, testing, and dev servers all run IBM Cloud VPC.
  • Identity management - we are able to set different roles and access levels for the users.
  • Rest APIs makes it so easy to automate certain tasks.
  • IBM Cloud cost calculator determines the estimated costs and helps utilize the resources effectively.
  • They have a great support team.
  • Needs to add scheduled snapshot feature.
  • Should add more regions in the VPC.
  • Definitely needs to improve the documentation.
IBM Cloud has two types of infrastructure, classic and VPC infrastructure. Classic is their existing IaaS platform. It doesn't support IAM, but it has more regions and customization options. It also supports bare-metal and virtual servers. Whereas, VPC infrastructure is their new IaaS platform suitable for cloud-native applications. It only supports virtual servers. They both cost the same. So choose one that meets your needs.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers in our IT department. We use this software for email, a database, apps, and a website server. We particularly use this IBM Virtual Server because it allows creating email virtual servers, unlike other virtual server providers. We have also used IBM Cloud Virtual Servers to host our web-based applications and systems. What makes IBM Cloud Virtual Servers even better is that it offers easy control of the servers. It has been very helpful to our business.
  • It is very secure.
  • Easy to access and manage.
  • Affordable compared to the competitors.
  • Creating virtual servers is easy.
  • The software is very fast.
  • It is scalable.
  • Few customization features.
  • While it is easy to use, the user interface needs some improvement.
If you need to host email servers for easy email tracking management, then IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is a great solution. This is because most competitors do not allow the creation of email servers. This is a unique feature of IBM Cloud Virtual Servers. IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is also great for a business looking forward to creating a project (could be web-based systems or apps). This is because it makes it easy to create dedicated servers to hold and test new projects.
This feature allows us to spend on what we need only. This means that we pay on an as need basis, which makes IBM Cloud Virtual Servers affordable.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have deployed all our services in IBM Cloud Virtual Servers. It serves all HTTP and HTTPS requests for corp CMS, application, and API for internet users.
  • Global private network (between US and Asia)
  • Each Virtual Server has the flexibility to have [a] different NIC with Pub and Private access
  • Flexibility in size up and down
  • Console access. The current one is so out of date that requires Java plugin.
  • Better builtin VPN server access with modern protocols
Easily get up and running. Especially for startups. Global presence. Also for startups need credits to try.
Unfortunately, there is no presence within China should you need cloud service there.
We have not used this.
May 19, 2021

Great product

Score 8 out of 10
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It's used for an easier and more manageable control of the servers. Sometimes for instance if one project requires a server where to do all the testing we can easily do so thanks to IBM Cloud Virtual Servers. It also makes much easier the launch of a new project online.
  • Creation on virtual servers.
  • Managing of the various solutions.
  • Check for an issue.
  • Complicated interface.
  • Expansive.
  • Sometimes not super responsive.
It is really well suited for development of servers for projects where a machine is needed quickly. Also for deployments in general it is an effective solution. My favourite possibility still the being able to launch a web server in a few instant to assist someone fast in their project development.
This is a great possibility, unfortunately I never had opportunity of checking it.
Keldon Alleyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are being used for machine learning training and for software development.

Immediate access to the V100 and P100 GPU and 32-core CPUs allows quick testing of machine learning models and methods along with the ease of saving templates and instantiating new servers provides an extraordinarily smooth development process.

JetBrains' Projector has been recently adopted as a means to develop code on a remote machine with a much better experience than remote desktops.

The IBM Cloud Virtual Server interface is simple enough to make the instantiation of a new instance seamless.
  • Managing server resources (including configuration)
  • Fitting these servers into the production pipeline (because of the templating system and ease of using them to create instances)
  • Integration with other IBM Cloud products (such as Object Storage)
  • Solid connection to servers (e.g. SSH connections never or rarely drop)
  • Easy recovery (seamless backup options)
  • Provide an environment for testing CLI scripts
  • Maybe offer option to automate backup/restore on shutdown to allow no charging when powered down
  • Make the dashboard UI more lightweight so that it's faster and smoother to navigate
I find IBM Cloud [Virtual Servers] is well suited for those who value delivery and solid support.

I've found their support to be exceptional. They give timely responses, make every effort to help, and always deliver. The sales team goes above and beyond when needed.

It's less suitable for cost-conscious customers as their instances are sometimes a lot more expensive than an equivalent on GCP and unlike AWS preemptible instances cannot have a GPU.
I ran a full day's worth of simulations during my lunch break for less than the cost of extra syrup in my latte.

With a few shell scripts and minor adaptations to the Java-Pommerman launch code, I was able to spread tests of the AI across 32 cores at little to no cost.

Preemptible instances can also be used for compiling large C++ codebases using resources that don't need to be constantly available. The net result is that you can get the benefits of having a compilation farm at relatively no cost. This can be used for producing daily builds, while also carrying out other computationally intensive procedures.
Score 9 out of 10
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We presently use IBM Cloud Virtual Servers as our primary component for provisioning virtual infrastructure to host our internal applications on.
  • A range of features and potential for scalability and recycling of resources.
  • 24x7 support and coverage.
  • A breadth and depth of customizable options pre and post provisioning.
  • More direct control over IAM and access from the portal would be nice.
  • The management portal could use improvement with regards to inventory and resource management/listings.
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers are great for the day to day business operations and needs of our internal customers and applications.
Transient pricing has allowed customers to come to us with their specifications and needs in mind for their infrastructure development and provisioning, greatly decreasing our turnaround time to build out infrastructure and host applications.
Yatharth Garg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Our organization is using IBM Cloud Virtual Server for hosting our personal and public websites. We used to deploy and host using all types of instances and use Cloud to store our database virtually. We are also using IBM Cloud for developing and testing our environment. Also, IBM provides a protected cloud server.
  • Easy setup
  • Fast deployment
  • Cost efficient
  • Its easy to adapt IBM's cloud environment
  • Covey protected environment
  • Better upgrades
  • Customize
  • Hazy UI/UX
  • Often deactivating servers which forces us to switch servers.
Best for small and big e-commerce businesses, personal project hosting with clients, and newly added startups.
Pricing is economical with respect to services IBM provides, but the cost may go high for some use case functions.