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Cloud Computing

All Cloud Server instances include

Build your custom cloud with our Cloud Servers

Tired of overage fees? Pay only for what you need, when you need it.

Powerful computing made easy

Our cloud servers feature Intel® Xeon® processors, SSD SAN, and full VMware virtualisation. Admin is easy with our intuitive cloud panel, but you'll also get full root access and a fully documented REST API.

Industry-leading availability

We guarantee industry-leading uptimes of 99.998% and cutting-edge server-side security based on the ISO 27001 standard.

Live scalability for any demand

Business booming? Scale to meet demand without any operative interruption. Add bare metal, more resources, storage, or virtual servers when you need them, and delete them when you don't.

Affordable by design

You pay only for the time your instance is active. Any additional features or storage you add are billed to the minute.
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A cloud server platform you can count on

Join thousands of agencies, developers, and web professionals who've built their cloud with IONOS.

137,000

VMs in operation

2,500

VMs deployed weekly

99.998%

Platform availability

10

Data centres

Spin up your first Cloud Server instance

We bill by the minute up to the maximum rate below. Add or reconfigure in the cloud panel anytime.
VMware virtualisation
REST API
Unlimited traffic
Intel® Xeon® processors
Get New customers get a credit of up to £100 applied to their first month’s bill. This credit only applies to those paid infrastructure solutions and components purchasable in the cloud panel. These may include any Dedicated or Cloud Server, Block Storage, additional IP addresses, etc. All licence fees for optional add-ons, like Windows or Microsoft SQL, are excluded. The credit is valid for 1 month and any unused credit expires following the first invoice. for your first month.
CPU
RAM
SSD
Price

Cloud Server XS


CPU

1 vCore

RAM

512 MB

SSD

30 GB

£0.0069 /hour  excl. VAT max. £5/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server S


CPU

1 vCore

RAM

1 GB

SSD

40 GB

£0.0111 /hour  excl. VAT max. £8/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server M


CPU

2 vCores

RAM

2 GB

SSD

60 GB

£0.0222 /hour  excl. VAT max. £16/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server L


CPU

2 vCores

RAM

4 GB

SSD

80 GB

£0.0333 /hour  excl. VAT max. £24/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server XL


CPU

4 vCores

RAM

8 GB

SSD

120 GB

£0.0694 /hour  excl. VAT max. £50/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server XXL


CPU

8 vCores

RAM

16 GB

SSD

160 GB

£0.1389 /hour  excl. VAT max. £100/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server 3XL


CPU

12 vCores

RAM

24 GB

SSD

240 GB

£0.2222 /hour  excl. VAT max. £160/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server 4XL


CPU

16 vCores

RAM

32 GB

SSD

360 GB

£0.3333 /hour  excl. VAT max. £240/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server 5XL


CPU

24vCores

RAM

48 GB

SSD

480 GB

£0.5000 /hour  excl. VAT max. £360/month excl. VAT
All prices exclude VAT charged at 20%. VAT may be subject to change depending on your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.
CPU
RAM
SSD
Price

Cloud Server RAM M


CPU

1 vCore

RAM

4 GB

SSD

40 GB

£0.0250 /hour  excl. VAT max. £18/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server RAM L


CPU

2 vCores

RAM

8 GB

SSD

80 GB

£0.0556 /hour  excl. VAT max. £40/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server RAM XL


CPU

4 vCores

RAM

16 GB

SSD

120 GB

£0.1111 /hour  excl. VAT max. £80/month excl. VAT

Cloud Server RAM XXL


CPU

8 vCores

RAM

32 GB

SSD

160 GB

£0.2222 /hour  excl. VAT max. £160/month excl. VAT
All prices exclude VAT charged at 20%. VAT may be subject to change depending on your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

Build your own Cloud Server with FLEX

Choose the vCores, RAM, and SSD you need. It's all billed to the minute up to a monthly maximum.
CPU
RAM
SSD
Price

Cloud Server FLEX


CPU

1 - 24 vCores

RAM

0.5 - 128 GB

SSD

10 - 500 GB

From £0.0160 /hour  excl. VATmax. £11.52/month excl. VAT
All prices exclude VAT charged at 20%. VAT may be subject to change depending on your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

All Cloud Server features

Pay-as-you-go

When a server is deleted, the package price will be calculated to the minute. Billing is monthly, at the end of the billing period.

By-the-minute billing

By-the-minute billing

No minimum contract term

Cancel anytime

Cancel anytime

Choice of data centre location

United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, United States

United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, United States

Availability

99.99%

99.99%

Interactive invoice

Full billing transparency: access and predict your costs as an aggregate or per-minute amount, based on your use.

Inclusive
Multiple servers

Add additional servers as needed in your cloud panel.

Inclusive
Scalable servers

Increase the capacity of your server/project without shutting it down.

Expandable during operation

Expandable during operation

VMware virtualisation
Inclusive
Load balancer

Distribute data/request rates across multiple servers.

Inclusive
SSD SAN systems

All virtual machines are installed on storage networks. SAN keeps your data available, even if a storage node fails.

Inclusive
Block storage (optional)

Expand the storage capacity of your cloud servers. IONOS Block Storage is based on state-of-the-art SSD SAN systems.

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

Shared memory (optional)

Set up shared memory to let your servers exchange information via NFS or CIFS protocals.

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

Unlimited traffic
Inclusive
Bandwidth

External connection per server up to 400 Mbit/s.
10 Gbit/s internal network connection

External connection per server up to 400 Mbit/s.
10 Gbit/s internal network connection

Wildcard SSL certificate

The Wildcard SSL certificate enables the encrypted exchange of customer data based on the latest security standards.

Inclusive
High-performance data centres

ISO 27001 certified

ISO 27001 certified

Firewall management

Network security system for configuration-based control of data traffic. Firewall rules are configured in the cloud panel and can be applied to single or multiple servers.

Inclusive
IPS/IDS

IPS and IDS are the first line of defence in our security network to prevent unauthorised access.

Inclusive
SIEM

Our SIEM software constantly monitors and analyses security alerts, guaranteeing users high availability and secure products.

Inclusive
Backup (optional)

Reliable backup solution from Acronis for the protection of your data.

From £0.65 per GB/month excl. VAT

From £0.65 per GB/month excl. VAT

Server snapshot

Create momentary snapshots to record the state of a virtual machine. You can restore the system to a previous state when necessary.

Inclusive
Images (optional)

Create manual or automatic server clones and use them to set up new servers later on.

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

Server logs

Detailed information on all actions performed in the cloud panel.

Inclusive
SSH keys

Create and manage your SSH keys or add your own keys for secure access to your Linux server.

Inclusive
Private networks

Set up a private network (VLAN), which gives you an additional private interface that you manage yourself.

Inclusive
VPN SSL

Establish a secure SSL connection between a local PC and your cloud server network.

Inclusive
KVM console

Use the KVM console to always have direct access to your server.

Inclusive
Linux standard

Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04
CentOS 8, CentOS 7
Debian 10, Debian 9
OpenSuse Leap 15

Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04
CentOS 8, CentOS 7
Debian 10, Debian 9
OpenSuse Leap 15

Windows optional

Windows Server® 2019 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2022 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT

Windows Server® 2019 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2022 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT

Cloud panel

Central administration program for easy management of all server functions.

Inclusive
REST API

Use the APIs and SDKs provided in our community for software-controlled management of all your resources in the cloud panel.

Full root access

Complete control over your systems, services, and network.

Inclusive
Administration tool Plesk Obsidian

Plesk Obsidian is included on request (unlimited users, reseller support, and unlimited domains).

Inclusive
Control panel

Access to your customer data with convenient configuration and contract management.

Inclusive
Monitoring

Stay up to date with server performance and set up warnings when self-defined threshold values are reached.

Inclusive
Additional users and roles

Create additional users and grant different access for additional security checks.

Inclusive
Encrypted remote access

Encrypt access to your servers. With SSH for Linux. RDP for Windows.

Inclusive
Image import

Import your images and ISOs to the cloud panel.

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

100 GB for £7.20/month excl. VAT (billed per minute)

SSH key management

Manage your different SSH keys in the cloud panel and install them automatically when creating new servers.

Inclusive
Pre-installed applications

1-click installation provides you with apps from various categories (CMS, eCommerce, e-learning, etc.)

WordPress, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, Shopware, and lots more

WordPress, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, Shopware, and lots more

Database support

e.g. MS SQL, MariaDB, My SQL, and more

e.g. MS SQL, MariaDB, My SQL, and more

Microsoft databases (optional)

Software for database administration included on request. Only with Windows.
MS SQL Express 2016/2017 – free
MS SQL 2016/2017 – web licence for £40/month excl. VAT per 4 CPUs
MS SQL 2016/2017 – standard licence for £300/month excl. VAT per 4 CPUs

Software for database administration included on request. Only with Windows.
MS SQL Express 2016/2017 – free
MS SQL 2016/2017 – web licence for £40/month excl. VAT per 4 CPUs
MS SQL 2016/2017 – standard licence for £300/month excl. VAT per 4 CPUs

Unlimited number of inboxes

You can create an unlimited number of email addresses in the 1&1 IONOS mail system.

Inclusive
2 GB storage capacity per inbox
Inclusive
Webmail 2.0

Convenient access to email using any browser.

Inclusive
Anti-spam

Automatic server-level spam filter.

Inclusive
Anti-phishing

Protection against fake websites.

Inclusive
Domains (optional)

Optional as an add-on

Optional as an add-on

One IPv4 address per server included
Inclusive
Additional IPv4 addresses (optional)

Add additional public IPv4 addresses to your servers.

£5 excl. VAT per IPv4 address

£5 excl. VAT per IPv4 address

One IPv6/64 network included
Inclusive
Subdomains

Add up to 10,000 subdomains via our DNS server, unlimited via Plesk.

Inclusive
Unlimited external domains

Integration of external domains from other providers.

Inclusive
DNS management

Individual configuration of the DNS records (e.g. for external domains or you own mail and DNS server systems).

Inclusive
All prices exclude VAT charged at 20%. VAT may be subject to change depending on your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

Supported operating systems and software

Set up your server with a range of operating systems, Linux distributions, and database management systems.
Ubuntu logo
Ubuntu
OpenSuse Linux logo
OpenSuse
Debian logo
Debian
Centos logo
CentOS
Windows operating system logo
Windows Server 2016
Windows operating system logo
Windows Server 2019
Windows operating system logo
Windows Server 2022
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MySQL
Icon: databases
MariaDB
Icon: databases
SQL Express
Icon: databases
MS SQL Web
Icon: databases
MS SQL Standard

Optional on-demand features

Affordable features that you can add to your server anytime in the Cloud Panel.
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Secure backups

Our industry-leading backup feature encrypts and stores your data at a physically separate data centre. Backups can be scheduled at any time you choose.
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Shared memory

Shared memory allows you to use additional disc space for all servers in your infrastructure that share access to the same data. Both the shared memory and servers have to be hosted in the same data centre.
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Block storage

Using block storage you can expand the storage capacity of a specific SSD-based cloud server, which can be individually defined and adjusted during operation. Shared storage and the server must be hosted in the same data centre.
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Dedicated servers

You can integrate your own dedicated servers into your cloud server infrastructure. These can be either existing dedicated servers or IONOS Dedicated Servers.
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More IP addresses

Order additional IP addresses and assign them to a specific server. You can add an IPv4 address for only £5/month.
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Import images

Add any number of images to your servers using your IONOS Cloud Panel to secure them long term. There is no minimum contract – cancel anytime.

Secure and sustainable server network

We build our data centres to meet the security and climate challenges of tomorrow.
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Certified UK data centres

Select a data centre in the UK, Europe or the US – all with top reliability and security standards, as confirmed by our ISO 27001 certification.
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Two-factor authentication

Add an extra layer of security with 2FA. A login code is sent to your smartphone, denying access to anyone without your username, password and unlocked mobile device.
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Firewall, SIEM and IDS/IPS

Rely on strong defences for your projects. Our central firewall, as well as the latest SIEM and IDS/IPS technologies, protect your cloud servers from attack.
Sustainable data centers at IONOS powered by green energy

Sustainable cloud servers

All our data centres and your cloud server run on clean, renewable energy.
Learn more

Full cost control and pricing transparency

Keep track of expenses with ongoing cost estimates and predictable, capped pricing.

Pay-as-you-go billing

Pay only for what you need, billed to the nearest minute. You can also configure your CPU vCores, RAM and SSD storage on a per-minute cost basis.

Interactive invoices

Easy-to-navigate invoices provide clear cost summaries and estimates, allowing you to plan and manage your spending more efficiently.

Start or stop at any time

Deploy, shut down, or adjust the resources of your cloud servers at any time. There's no minimum contract term or upfront costs.
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Ideal for any workload

From cloud computing to apps and software development, stay flexible with an IONOS Cloud Server.

Cloud computing

Set up multiple cloud servers to build your own cloud computing platform. Scale memory and cores to meet variable workloads.

Smartphone apps

We offer a solution for mobile app operation that adjusts in response to changing access rates and can be automatically configured via API, while guaranteeing maximum availability.

eCommerce servers

React flexibly to traffic/demand fluctuations and cut costs using load balancing to distribute load between one or more front- and back-end servers.

Educational and institutional use

Deliver entire courses, individual units or sessions. Suitable for on-demand and flexible data retrieval or for more user- and resource-intensive live training that includes audio and video.

Software development / DevOps

Develop software on a flexible and highly available system that you can adapt to your needs with on-demand resources. Import your own images and clone existing projects to customise them.

IT infrastructure

By outsourcing your IT infrastructure to the cloud, you can operate core services such as intranet and email applications centrally while making them available to employees across multiple locations in a networked environment.

Cloud servers

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

A cloud server is a virtual server that provides you with a complete, web-based IT infrastructure, including computing power, storage space, and network technology. The advantage: you don't need your own physical server hardware, known as a bare metal server, which you would have to purchase, configure, update, and maintain at high cost. If you rent a cloud server, you have all the resources you need to carry out your private or corporate web projects. You can easily process, exchange, secure, and manage data either web-based or location-independent. You can also run various data-supported applications over the web and make them available to others. Server resources that you're not currently using will be available to others. Thanks to the shared structures, cloud servers are particularly cost-effective.

In contrast to VPS (virtual private servers), where you can only use the server resources to a precisely defined extent, cloud servers are characterised by their scalability. If your requirements change, you can adapt the allocated server resources at any time and in real time. Payment is based on the resources you use: you only pay for what you actually use. There is no predetermined monthly price.

As a cloud server provider, IONOS also offers you numerous additional features that are essential in high-performance cloud environments. Features such as load balancing and full root access (access to your server's configuration files) as well as shared storage, add-on block storage, and much more are all included. Take a look at the services we offer and build your virtual data centre today!

Another option is a dedicated server. In this "top tier" of server hosting, all server resources are available exclusively to you, so you don't have to share them with anyone. However, this variant is more expensive. It is best to check in advance exactly which scope of services you really need. Our skilled support team will be happy to answer your questions.

The data security of all our products and services is a top priority for IONOS. Of course, this also applies to cloud server hosting. With us, you'll benefit not only from encrypted data transmission, but also from encrypted storage and data backups. Our digital and physical security infrastructure protects your data comprehensively. Our data centres, modern high-performance servers, and geo-redundant structures play their part, as do our central firewall and the latest SIEM and IDS/IPS technologies, which protect our security network from unwanted access.

You can set up your cloud server in just a few, easy steps - even without prior administrator knowledge. Select the United Kingdom as the server location. Rest assured, as your data is always subject to strict data protection. This also applies if you choose one of our European or US data centres. In addition, all areas we work in are GDPR-compliant, i.e. in accordance with the basic data protection regulation of the European Union, which regulates the processing of personal data by private companies and public authorities throughout the EU.

Using network protocols such as SSH (Secure Shell), you can establish encrypted network connections with remote devices. Via SSL VPN - i.e. via web-based, virtual private networks - you can set up secure access to certain services of your network if required. This means that authorised users can, for example, access company applications and shared resources in an SSL-encrypted and location-independent manner. SSL VPN partners don't even need to connect to the corporate network.

Renting and setting up a cloud server is worthwhile for anyone who wants a powerful IT infrastructure at a reasonable price. This also offers an ideal basis for a wide range of web projects - whether for a private or a company website, as a high-performance infrastructure for web developers, or even as a high-performance gaming server.

Are you setting up a startup and still unsure of the daily requirements on the IT infrastructure? With our cloud servers, you can flexibly balance the necessary resources at any time and only pay for what you use.

Does your business change its demands on the IT infrastructure seasonally, on a daily basis, or when campaigns and promotions are running? With our scalable cloud servers, it's easy to change in real time to suit your business.

Do you work on larger projects where you use servers for different purposes? For example, as a front-end server with a load balancer in connection with database servers that you control from third-party software via API? Great! Because our cloud server solutions can easily reproduce scenarios like these. You'll also benefit from unlimited traffic and high availability.

If you rent a cloud server from IONOS, you can set it up yourself in just a few minutes. Programming skills are not required. We will guide you step-by-step through the process:

  1. First, determine the desired server size.
  2. Then choose an operating system for your cloud server (Windows or Linux).
  3. Select the location of the data centre.
  4. Then start server creation.

The deployment time for a Linux image is about 55 seconds. Your cloud server is then available to use.

Yes, our cloud packages are ideal for small and medium-sized businesses. Simply select the right package for your needs based on the server resources you require. These typically differ in CPU (processor power), RAM (memory), and storage space. Fast solid state disks (SSDs) with short access times are available in every package for data transfer and storage. Whenever you need more resources, you can customise them in real time to meet your needs.

For larger organisations that need even more performance and server resources, we recommend the Enterprise Cloud.

Our cloud servers support the popular and widely used MySQL and MariaDB relational database management systems. We also offer MS SQL Express, MS SQL with web license, and MS SQL with standard license.

Yes, you can back up your data to your cloud server. A backup client is available as well as additional, separate backup storage on which you can back up the data of your cloud server externally at any time — encrypted and in a physically separate data centre. This enables you to back up your data multiple times.

However, a cloud server is much more than "just" traditional cloud storage, because it encompasses more than the rentable storage space in the cloud. If you rent a cloud server, you also have a complete server infrastructure with scalable computing power and can not only store your data, but also process it extensively.

Details of the scope of support can be found in the following Help Centre article.