IBM Cloud Virtual Servers: Flexible and Secure Computing Options
December 03, 2021

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers: Flexible and Secure Computing Options

Syed Shahrukh Hassan Rizvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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 has allowed us to reduce our costs of training and development by 100%. We no longer need hardware that is specific to the development environment. This means we can act more quickly on new business initiatives since they are not hampered by the availability of hardware, downtime, or maintenance windows. The time savings stemming from this alone makes the investment pay for itself.
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.
This service allowed organizations to reserve virtual servers in advance so that they will be able to run when the users need them. Also, this increases the efficiency of operations because VMs can be up even before requests for their use are made.
There has been a positive effect on overall operations. Dedicated virtual servers have been a feature that all of our clients could benefit from. In the event that a dedicated host is not available for their use, we can simply say to them, “Hey, what if we provisioned you on a dedicated server instead?” and they are always in favor of it. They truly do gain much more control and security with their dedicated server.
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.

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