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Cloud servers with root access and SSD SAN storage, powered by Intel® Xeon® CPUs.
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Configure your own powerful cloud servers

Running your own custom servers is simple on the IONOS Cloud platform. Launch a cloud server in just 55 seconds and only pay for what you use with flexible, minute-based billing.
All resources are dedicated to you and scalable on demand, ensuring ideal performance for your sites and applications.

Spin up a cloud server in 55 seconds

Rapid setup lets you launch a new cloud server in as little as 55 seconds. Quickly build your infrastructure with servers that are ready to use instantly.

Scale resources on demand

Resources are dedicated to your cloud servers. Flex your CPU vCores, memory and SSD storage to get the performance you need, whenever you need it.

Use a range of powerful features

Our cloud servers include all the tools you need. Optimise them with load balancers, unlimited traffic and a wide choice of Linux and Windows operating systems.

Choose your cloud server package

All packages include: £100 starting credit This credit will be applied to all paid (pay-as-you-go) services, which are available within the product, like the first and any additional dedicated servers, as well virtual (cloud) servers, shared storage, additional IP addresses, etc. Close for the first month
VMware virtualisation
Unlimited traffic

Cloud Server M

£0.0139 /hour excl. VAT = max. £10/month. excl. VAT

1 vCore CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors



Cloud Server L

£0.0278 /hour excl. VAT = max. £20/month. excl. VAT

2 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors



Cloud Server XL

£0.0417 /hour excl. VAT = max. £30/month. excl. VAT

2 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors


120 GB SSD

Cloud Server XXL

£0.0972 /hour excl. VAT = max. £70/month. excl. VAT

4 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors


160 GB SSD

Cloud Server 3XL

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

8 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors


240 GB SSD

Cloud Server 4XL

£0.3889 /hour excl. VAT = max. £280/month. excl. VAT

12 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors


360 GB SSD

Cloud Server 5XL

£0.5556 /hour excl. VAT = max. £400/month. excl. VAT

16 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors


500 GB SSD

Prices excl. VAT may be subject to change dependent upon your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

Cloud Server Flex package – configure your own individual cloud server

With the Flex package you can select the amount of CPU vCores, RAM and SSD storage according to your needs. You can adjust your configuration in the cloud panel at any time, meaning you remain flexible in any situation.

Cloud Server FLEX

From £0.0220 /hour excl. VAT= max. £15.84/month.excl. VAT

1 - 16 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

1 - 128 GB RAM

20 - 500 GB SSD

Prices excl. VAT may be subject to change dependent upon your country of residence. Terms and conditions apply.

Intuitive cloud control panel and full API

The 1&1 IONOS cloud panel makes it easy to scale resources and add additional servers to your cloud infrastructure.
With the fully documented API, all available cloud panel actions can be performed through third-party applications.

Choice of operating system

Choose from the latest Linux and Windows OS versions including Windows Server 2019. The cloud panel also provides a wide range of easily launched server templates and applications.

Plesk ONYX

Take advantage of streamlined server administration with a Plesk Onyx control panel. The helpful interface makes it easy to manage server functions, updates, user accounts and maintenance.

Secure cloud servers

Certified UK data centres

Select a data centre in the UK, Europe or the US – all with top standards of reliability and security, confirmed in the UK by ISO 27001 certification.

Two-factor authentication

Ensure 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.

Firewall, SIEM & IDS/IPS

Rely on strong defences for your projects. Our central firewall, as well as the latest SIEM and IDS/IPS technologies, protects your cloud servers from being attacked.

Total cost control

Always keep track of expenses – even for complex and growing projects – with fully transparent pricing and ongoing cost estimates.

Billing by the minute

Cloud servers track usage and billing by the minute. Configure your CPU vCores, RAM and SSD storage on a per-minute basis to only pay for what you need.

Interactive invoice

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

Start or stop at any time

Deploy, shut down, or adjust the resources of your cloud servers at any time. With no minimum contract term or upfront costs, your options are always open.

Helpful extra features

Secure backups

Our industry-leading backup feature encrypts and stores your data at a physically separate data centre. Backups can be scheduled at specific times (e.g. every Wednesday at 3 am).

Unlimited email accounts

A cloud server package lets you create an unlimited number of email addresses using the included domain name – ideal if you have a team of employees.

2 GB online storage

You get an extra 2 GB of online storage space with your cloud server package. This is perfect for business-critical documents that need to be accessible from anywhere.
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We've reinvented the dedicated server: the latest hardware, per-minute billing, full API control, load balancing, and a deployment time of only a few minutes.
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FAQ – Cloud servers

Frequently asked questions about the topic
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, 1&1 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 1&1 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 1&1 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.

Perhaps you don't actually need these server features, but just want to create a secure and practical online backup for your data? We can offer you this service in the form of our Cloud Backup package.

We'd be happy to help you choose the right product or provide support for existing customers.

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