IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Review
June 03, 2020

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Review

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Score 2 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Access to the IBM cloud virtual servers is available to all departments across the organization to deploy as needed.

Used for quickly deploying scalable servers at reasonable rates across development/devops and QA. This helps us to quickly deploy sand box servers where we need to test and validate some thing - Think docker scenarios to prove that something will work in production.
  • Nothing that stands out as compared to the competitors
  • Price is comparable
  • Pricing needs to be clearer, but this is a problem with most cloud providers
  • User guidance and help tutorials similar to DO
  • Customer support at the level of Linode will be splendid
  • Neutral. Neither positive or negative
  • Cheaper than having servers and IT in house but not so much of a difference between vendors
It's reasonable and comparable to other cloud providers, so nothing really significant in terms of cost savings. I do think that across the industry, the pricing tiers aren't all that great and standardized. So you're not comparing apples to apples even when the actual RAM and CPU look similar. This has been a bane and not specific to IBM Cloud. Wish there was a cross-vendor price comparison available.
This works quite well but be aware that there is still a delay between when the server gets initiated and increased demand. Meaning, if there's a sudden sale and you have a sudden surge of users, it's not going to magically support them all right away. It will eventually increase the capacity to support all users but the first surge of users will see your application crash. In those cases, you need to plan and have enough live servers on hand in your load balancing.
The pricing isn't very clear, and when we go to configure the server it's not obvious. If there was more guidance around this, that will help us evaluate these offerings.
AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Been there done that. It's only because of our software affiliation that we chose to go with IBM Cloud. That's not a bad thing but just that there's really no major difference other than the lack of guidance and IBM cloud engineers as opposed to AWS engineers.
  • IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers
It really doesn't stand out if you're NOT using other IBM products in your software lifecycle.
Our stack uses some of IBM software--almost exclusively in some departments. As a result, it makes sense for us to consider and stick with IBM Cloud. Again, nothing wrong with it and it works, but if you're already using AWS or Google Cloud, no special reason to switch.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC Feature Ratings

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