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Cloud Servers

Full scalability. Maximum performance.

  • Scalable with Cloud Panel, API, and root access
  • Dedicated resources on UK-based servers
  • By-the-minute billing and no minimum contract
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Build your own cloud infrastructure in no time

Purchasing a cloud server means you'll get fully scalable server performance on a virtual machine. You'll be able to add dedicated resources as you need them, giving you the flexibility large projects require.

As part of the IONOS cloud platform, all cloud servers include integrated tools and features such as additional block storage, load balancing and shared storage. And because all are equipped with VMware virtualisation and physically separate computing and storage capacities, they offer the highest levels of security and performance – without sacrificing affordability or price transparency.

Versatile and limitless in application

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 server.

Smartphone apps

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

Industrial networking

Connect your machinery with your entire facility using the cloud to digitise production and service processes. Automate processes for operation, maintenance, repair and more.

Educational and institutional use

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

Software development / dev ops

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.

Choose your cloud server package

All packages include £200 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. (Excludes licence fees for optional add-ons, e.g. Windows, MS SQL.) Close for the first month
VMware virtualisation
REST API
Unlimited traffic

Cloud Server XS


£0.0069 /hour excl. VAT = max. £5/month. excl. VAT
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1 vCore CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

512 MB RAM

30 GB SSD

Cloud Server S


£0.0111 /hour excl. VAT = max. £8/month. excl. VAT
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1 vCore CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

1 GB RAM

40 GB SSD

Cloud Server M


£0.0222 /hour excl. VAT = max. £16/month. excl. VAT
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2 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

2 GB RAM

60 GB SSD

Cloud Server L


£0.0333 /hour excl. VAT = max. £24/month. excl. VAT
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2 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

4 GB RAM

80 GB SSD

Cloud Server XL


£0.0694 /hour excl. VAT = max. £50/month. excl. VAT
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4 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

8 GB RAM

120 GB SSD

Cloud Server XXL


£0.1389 /hour excl. VAT = max. £100/month. excl. VAT
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8 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

16 GB RAM

160 GB SSD

Cloud Server 3XL


£0.2222 /hour excl. VAT = max. £160/month. excl. VAT
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12 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

24 GB RAM

240 GB SSD

Cloud Server 4XL


£0.3333 /hour excl. VAT = max. £240/month. excl. VAT
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16 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

32 GB RAM

360 GB SSD

Cloud Server 5XL


£0.5000 /hour excl. VAT = max. £360/month. excl. VAT
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24vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

48 GB RAM

480 GB SSD

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

Cloud Server RAM M


£0.0250 /hour excl. VAT = max. £18/month. excl. VAT
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1 vCore CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

4 GB RAM

40 GB SSD

Cloud Server RAM L


£0.0556 /hour excl. VAT = max. £40/month. excl. VAT
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2 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

8 GB RAM

80 GB SSD

Cloud Server RAM XL


£0.1111 /hour excl. VAT = max. £80/month. excl. VAT
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4 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

16 GB RAM

120 GB SSD

Cloud Server RAM XXL


£0.2222 /hour excl. VAT = max. £160/month. excl. VAT
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8 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

32 GB RAM

160 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 £0.0160 /hour excl. VAT= max. £11.52/month.excl. VAT
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1 - 24 vCores CPU

Intel® Xeon® Processors

0.5 - 128 GB RAM

10 - 500 GB SSD

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

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Pay-as-you-use

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

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By-the-minute billing

By-the-minute billing

No minimum contract term

Cancel anytime

Cancel anytime

Choice of data centre location

UK, US

UK, US

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.

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Multiple servers

Add additional servers as needed in your cloud panel.

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Scalable servers

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

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Expandable during operation

Expandable during operation

VMware virtualisation
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Load balancer

Distribute data/request rates across multiple servers to ensure short access times for visitors to your websites.

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SSD SAN systems

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

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Block storage (optional)

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

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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.

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

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

Unlimited traffic
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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.

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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.

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IPS/IDS

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

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SIEM

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

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Backup (optional)

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

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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.

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Images (optional)

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

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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.

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SSH keys

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

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Private networks

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

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VPN SSL

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

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KVM console

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

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Linux standard

Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04
CentOS 8, CentOS 7
Debian 10, Debian 9
OpenSuse Leap 15

Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04
CentOS 8, CentOS 7
Debian 10, Debian 9
OpenSuse Leap 15

Windows optional

Windows Server® 2012 R2 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2016 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2019 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT

Windows Server® 2012 R2 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2016 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT
Windows Server® 2019 – £10/vCore/month excl. VAT

Cloud panel

Central administration program for easy management of all server functions.

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REST API

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

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Full root access

Complete control over your systems, services, and network.

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Administration tool Plesk Obsidian

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

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Control panel

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

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Monitoring

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

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Additional users and roles

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

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Encrypted remote access

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

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Image import

Import your images and ISOs to the cloud panel.

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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.

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Pre-installed applications

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

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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.

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2 GB storage capacity per inbox
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Webmail 2.0

Convenient access to email using any browser.

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Anti-spam

Automatic server-level spam filter.

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Anti-phishing

Protection against fake websites.

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Domains (optional)

Optional as an add-on

Optional as an add-on

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

Add additional public IPv4 addresses to your servers.

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£5 excl. VAT per IPv4 address

£5 excl. VAT per IPv4 address

One IPv6/64 network included
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Subdomains

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

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Unlimited external domains

Integration of external domains from other providers.

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DNS management

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

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

Technical details

Hardware and resources

Get up to 24 vCores on Intel® Xeon® processors, with up to 128 GB RAM and 500 GB SSD, expandable with block storage. With IONOS Cloud Servers, you can use dedicated resources exclusively. Full operative scalability also allows you to adapt live server resources within minutes without any interruption.

Virtualisation and complete control

VMware is used as virtualisation software. Control comes thorough the intuitive IONOS Cloud Panel, which makes scaling resources and adding servers easy. The fully documented API allows all available cloud panel functions to be performed through third-party applications.

Operating systems and software

You can choose from a wide range of the latest versions of Linux distributions, Windows operating systems, and Plesk Obsidian and Obsidian. All IONOS Cloud Servers support the popular MySQL and MariaDB relational database management systems. We offer SQL Express, MS SQL Web and MS SQL Standard licenses as well. You can also install additional third-party applications as well as ISO images for complete customisation.

Full cost control and pricing transparency

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

Billing by the minute

The cloud server tracks 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.

Servers that are certifiably secure

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.

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.

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.

Getting started with your IONOS Cloud Server

Shortly after purchase, you'll receive your pre-configured server ready for operation – enabling you to get started right away.

Place your order

Choose your IONOS Cloud Server package and purchase. You'll get an email confirming your order after purchasing.

Set it up

Your server is generally ready for use within 24 hours. Then, sign in with your login credentials and adjust your settings. You'll find more details in our help centre.

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Use it

You can always make changes during ongoing operation that are immediately usable. During this process, your data will remain fully accessible.

Optional on-demand features

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

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 a.m.).

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.

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.

Dedicated servers

You can integrate your own additional dedicated servers into your cloud server infrastructure. These can be either existing dedicated servers or IONOS Dedicated Servers – the choice is yours.

More IP addresses

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

Import images

Add any number of images to your servers using your IONOS Cloud Panel to secure them for the long term. There is no minimum contract. Cancel anytime.
Award-winning support

Our personal consultant service won gold for Best Customer Engagement Initiative at the European Contact Center & Customer Service Awards, the largest awards programme in the customer contact industry.

Your personal consultant

Tailored advice. Tips for online success. Technical support. Available via a direct phone number, chat and email. Free of charge for all IONOS customers.

Add-on server options for your business

Dedicated servers

The dedicated server reinvented. Get the latest hardware, per-minute billing, full API control, load balancing and deploy in minutes.
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Cloud backup
Intuitive backup for your cloud, PC or smartphone. Get maximum protection for your files with automatic backups and easy recovery.
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Set up by the pros

Experienced specialists in our Partner Network can help with the development, administration and maintenance of your web project.
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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.

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.

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

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