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Free Cloud Server Trial

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Thanks to free starting credit, you can test the IONOS cloud server for 1 month free of charge (or until the credit is used up) and experience the perfect combination of performance and security!
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Free cloud hosting from IONOS: It’s really simple

Experience cloud servers with the highest performance!

IONOS gives you the opportunity to test your cloud server for free. Many of the packages contain starting credit that entitles you to a free month as long as the resources you book do not exceed the amount of this credit. And because there’s no minimum contract period, you can cancel at any time. So, you have plenty of time to test your cloud server for free and see the benefits for yourself, which isn’t often the case with other providers.

This reflects a core aspect of the IONOS philosophy. If you’re satisfied with our products, we see it as an indispensable anchor point for a long-term and successful partnership.

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Choose your cloud server package

All packages include 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 the first month
VMware virtualisation
REST API
Unlimited traffic
Intel® Xeon® Processors
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.

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.
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.
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Is free cloud server hosting worthwhile?

Be wary of ‘free cloud server’ offers.

Many providers offer cloud server free trials. However, there are also a few that offer completely free cloud servers. Before you take advantage of these “free cloud servers”, you should definitely do a bit of research on the provider or the product. For example, check what the performance is like, where the server is located, and also which security measures have been implemented.

Free cloud server offers cannot compete with an established provider like IONOS when it comes to the aforementioned points because secure and powerful server platforms come with a price! So, check the key data of server solutions like these and also make sure that there are no unexpected or hidden costs. With IONOS, you know exactly where you stand, and you always have a clear overview of the fees.

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What to consider with “free” cloud servers

Security

The security of the servers and therefore the protection of your data should always be at the forefront when choosing a provider. Free cloud server providers often neglect security in order to save money. At IONOS, we meet the highest standards in terms of security and continuously invest in our state-of-the-art data centres, where we host all cloud servers as part of our comprehensive IT security concept.

Data protection

Data protection is also important when choosing a free cloud server. Choosing a server located in the EU makes sense so that European data protection regulations apply. The best case would be if the server were located in a data centre in Germany - as is the case with IONOS - because all your data would be stored adhering to the GDPR and strict German data protection guidelines.

Performance

With many ‘free cloud server’ offers, you have to settle for limited performance. The processing power and permitted traffic are often severely limited here, which can quickly become a hurdle for more demanding websites and online shops. With IONOS, you get full performance even with the packages that come with starting credit.

Operating system

You might want to install Linux on a ‘free cloud server’, but you often don’t have a choice and are simply provided with a ‘free Windows cloud server’. The situation is a lot different with IONOS where you have the choice between different Windows server versions and different Linux distributions.

Storage

The bigger your project gets, the more storage space you demand from the cloud server. Many providers offering ‘free cloud server hosting’ use this growing dependency as a business model. With IONOS, you can rely on servers that come with a generous storage quota right from the start and also enable you to easily increase the storage capacity at a later date.

Service

Good support can really make a difference when operating a cloud server. However, many free cloud server providers simply leave you to your own devices and offer no support. If you rent a cloud server from IONOS, 24/7 support is automatically included.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

When you rent a cloud server from IONOS, you get access to a virtualised IT infrastructure with computing power (CPU and RAM) and SSD SAN storage. Each server is also equipped with either Windows or a Linux distribution.

It does not matter whether your project is a private or a business project because our cloud servers are highly scalable and can be adjusted at any time. This means you can realise simple websites as well as a complex application server. At the end of the month, you only pay for the resources you have actually used! The server model is therefore particularly suitable for projects with highly fluctuating resource requirements.

Due to virtualisation being so practical, you benefit from a good price-performance ratio with all cloud server offers. You share the underlying physical hardware with other customers, so you only rent the computing power you require and therefore only pay for part of the hardware - an advantage you don’t get with our dedicated hosting packages. This is because access to your virtualised server environment is exclusively reserved for you!

If you have rented a cloud server from IONOS, you have the right to cancel within the first 14 days after booking. Once this period has elapsed, you are no longer able to cancel your contract.

However, there is no minimum contract period for cloud servers at IONOS. You can cancel at any time if you are not satisfied - whether it’s after one month or later. Simply terminate the contract and then you can rest assured that you won’t incur any further costs. Even if the starting credit is used up, you can cancel at any time.

Cloud servers at IONOS work according to the pay-as-you-go principle. This means that you only pay for the resources you use and are billed by the minute. If you delete the server (not the contract), no further costs are incurred. You will only be billed if you start using the server again.

Cloud servers are not the only IONOS server solution based on virtualised resources. If you rent a vServer (also known as a VPS), you also get access to a virtualised IT infrastructure. The service portfolio is defined much more strictly here, and there’s a monthly fixed price to pay.

You also get your money’s worth with a dedicated server solution. If you rent a dedicated server, IONOS provides you with your own hardware, which you do not share with anyone else. You administrate it either on your own or with the help of IONOS support.