Infrastructure-as-a-Service / IaaS

Compute Engine

The flexible infrastructure as a service solution for your future-proof cloud computing applications.

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Compute Engine / IaaS

The business cloud for your company

The perfect public cloud is ready to handle your workload! eCommerce applications remain up and running even during peak loads, SaaS solutions work smoothly, CPU-intensive rendering tasks are carried out cost-efficiently, and data archives and backups are stored redundantly.

Whether you are looking to blend on-site applications with a public cloud into a hybrid cloud, or require a genuine alternative to a multi-cloud strategy, the Compute Engine is your perfect choice — with transparent prices, maximum data privacy in certified data centers, an unbeatable backbone connection, simple use thanks to the Data Center Designer and the Cloud REST API, and reliable live vertical scaling.

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Reliable & secure

The Compute Engine is synonymous with data privacy and security. All of your valuable company and customer data are subject to the strict requirements of European law — in certified tier 3 and 4 data centers in the United States. ISO-certified data centers in Germany are also available upon customer request. IP failover, redundant storage, and standardized ITIL/ITS processes guarantee high availability. We ensure speed, reliability, and maximum protection of your data.

Simple & flexible

It takes just a few clicks in the patented Data Center Designer (DCD) to create precisely the data center you need. Pick the components that meet your requirements and enhance your infrastructure with additional capacities — at any time, on short notice, and without having to reboot the system (live vertical scaling). Virtually complete automation of your cloud infrastructure is possible using the modern Cloud REST API with manual cloud design in the DCD.


Build a solid foundation for your IaaS projects. Your IT is fit for the future with the Compute Engine. At IONOS Cloud, we have access to Europe’s leading data exchange node DE-CIX, versatile skills, and above all the resources to provide next-gen technologies like SDN and bare metal. We are continuously improving cloud services like containers, Kubernetes, and microservices. Innovative technical solutions are quickly integrated into our services to enhance our portfolio.


Our cloud experts support you in the preparation and implementation of your cloud projects and will gladly advise you on the architectural requirements for your virtual data center, as well as on issues of compatibility with legacy applications. We would be delighted to conduct a practical proof-of-concept. Our cloud consulting services are always personal, competent, and entirely free. What’s more, experienced system administrators are available 24/7 to provide live and professional technical support for your cloud applications.

Data privacy and security

All your business-critical data is extremely safe with us. It is processed and stored with dual redundancy in our certified data centers in the United States and Europe.

Efficient and powerful cloud infrastructure

The Compute Engine leverages your company’s flexibility thanks to low investments and faster responses to market changes. You benefit from the Compute Engine’s powerful, kernel-based virtualization technology without any overprovisioning or overcommitment.

Cloud features and benefits at a glance

Secure data storage

Our reliable cloud storage with dual redundancy as HDD/SSD block storage, and the S3 object storage are affordable, flexible, and scalable solutions that are perfect for any application scenario. The powerful backup solution gives you the additional option of safeguarding your data quickly and affordably in certified data centers in Germany that offer maximum data protection.

IONOS S3 Object Storage

Object Storage, a highly scalable, cost-efficient solution that is fully compliant with the S3 standard, lets you store large volumes of unstructured, static data (e.g. archives, backups, multimedia files, raw material for big data analyses) for permanent safekeeping or downstream use. IONOS S3 Object Storage is easy to integrate via API, and stored objects can be accessed and loaded at any time by http. There are guarantees in place to ensure that the data is stored in compliance with data privacy requirements and that users are able to choose the storage location. Authentication methods applied by the user for secure data encryption are taken into account.

Hybrid Cloud

The performance of your private cloud will improve when combined with our public cloud. Enhance your local applications with the advantages offered by the public cloud, and ensure that the scalability and flexibility of your infrastructure meet your precise requirements. Absorb peak loads and benefit from virtually unlimited capacities without leaving your familiar application environment — with no contractual commitment at all.


With Cloud-Init, you can script and execute various parameters during the initial provisioning of a cloud instance for free, saving you the need to set up parameter values manually. It also allows entire Linux VMs to be updated and installed using package files. Cloud-Init can be easily accessed via the Cloud API, SDKs, config management tools, or the Data Center Designer (DCD). This enables the transfer of a corresponding configuration file during the provisioning process.

Live Vertical Scaling

It’s entirely up to you how much RAM, processor speed, and hard drive storage you want to work with. There are no prefab packages — resources are freely selectable and can be scaled up without interruption at any time (live vertical scaling). This means you only pay for the services you actually need.

Ease of use

IONOS Cloud makes it easy to use IaaS: use the patented Data Center Designer (DCD) to create and deploy your virtual data center in a matter of minutes. The Cloud REST API lets you automate operations. SDKs, tutorials, and best practices from the DevOps community facilitate effective use of the cloud.

Fast data connection

We offer you unbeatable flexibility and speed thanks to highly-efficient software defined networking for simple network configuration and management. Combined with InfiniBand — a network technology from the field of high-performance computing — we are able to deliver transmission rates of up to 80 Gbit/s.

Guaranteed performance

Thanks to different data center locations in Germany and the United States as well as mirrored systems your servers are optimally protected against failure. Our security measures, quality-driven IT services (ITIL/ITS), and extensive service level agreements make certain that your IT infrastructure is up and running smoothly at all times.

Best value for money

You benefit from a convincing price/performance ratio and a transparent pricing model without contractual commitment, including per-minute billing and professional cloud consulting from experts. Save up to 20% compared to on-premises operation.

Transparent pricing model

The simple pricing model for the Compute Engine is based on 4 price parameters (cores, RAM, storage, traffic) within a pay-as-you-go system and per-minute billing. This means that costs are transparent and easy to calculate, even when your requirements change often. Contact us for a detailed quotation for a quick and reliable estimate of what your virtual data center is likely to cost.

Competent support

We offer first-class SysAdmin support 24/7 to ensure professional technical assistance with one face to the customer. You can obtain free advice from our cloud experts and clarify your specific project requirements and questions concerning your virtual infrastructure before implementing your cloud projects. We will gladly assist with a highly practical proof-of- concept.

Professional cloud consulting from experts

Are you interested in migrating all your IT or individual projects to the cloud? Our experts will gladly give you helpful, individual, and free advice.

Cloud infrastructure is cheaper than on-site solutions

Our experts can show you how to cut your IT costs by as much as 20% with the Compute Engine. We will calculate your individual total cost of ownership compared to on-premises operation.

The right setup for your requirements

We help you determine what kind of IT infrastructure you need. In close collaboration with you, we identify the optimal solution for your enterprise's cloud architecture.

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What makes our cloud platform the right solution for your requirements?

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With the Compute Engine, you receive a modern IaaS platform for cloud computing — highly available, secure, reliable, and with fast software defined networking. This means you receive precisely the virtual IT infrastructure that your company actually needs. The drag and drop feature in our Data Center Designer allows you to put together the resources for your customized virtual data center, without any rigid, prefab packages.

Our live vertical scaling gives you the option of flexibly adding new capacities and components to your virtual infrastructure — at any time, on short notice, and without rebooting the system! This is what makes the Compute Engine by IONOS Cloud one of the most attractive corporate cloud solutions available anywhere on the market.

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Build your own data center in minutes

Try out the Compute Engine with a starting credit of $500 for 30 days — with no further commitment, contracts, or hidden costs!

Quick registration

Creating your admin access takes just a few simple steps. It is optimally protected by 2-factor authentication.

Simple setup

Configure your server, data storage, and network connections. It’s quick and easy using drag and drop in the Data Centre Designer or via the API.

Good to go immediately

You can start productive operations in just a few minutes after configuring your virtual data centre.

Instructions, documentation, and a robust community

Compute Engine success stories

IONOS is a pioneer of high-performance and future-proof cloud infrastructure.

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"What I really like is the dedicated service & care. At IONOS Cloud, we’re not just customers, we’re partners."

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"The performance and flexibility of being able to deploy a new server straight after a meeting is amazing.“

Success stories: Compute Engine solutions in practice

Find out how our customers benefit from the IONOS Cloud computing platform and in doing so make the most of their IT.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions

Scalability, elasticity, and robustness are the most important characteristics of any cloud-based application. An enterprise cloud computing architecture must be designed based on these characteristics. In particular, it must be able to cope with strongly fluctuating loads on the virtual systems and enormous amounts of data, while at the same time making sure the operations run in an efficient and economical manner. Redundancy, regular snapshots, and backups are mandatory.

Measures for building a cloud architecture at enterprise level:

  • Availability at cluster level or even as a high availability application including fail-over and continued data consistency
  • Distribution of entities including mirroring of the applications and virtual data centers, and also with the help of geographical redundancy (in parallel operation of both the infrastructure and the programming of an application)
  • Scalability without interrupting ongoing operations and should be as vertical as possible to save resources; in addition, enable the development of shared-nothing systems
  • Automation, which must be made possible with the help of microservices, especially in times of agile software development and CI/CD
  • Configuration management, security design, access management including logging or multi-client capability
  • Step-by-step migration and preparation of the cloud for hybrid or multi-cloud operation
  • Prevention of lock-in through proprietary cloud technologies

Backup and disaster recovery strategies are essential for businesses in order to minimize the impact of system failures. The IONOS Compute Engine provides you with an effective tool for this in the form of Acronis Cloud Backup.

Disaster Recovery

For the average company, data is crucial for working processes. Therefore, it should be backed up effectively so that it can be restored very quickly in case of an emergency. Successful disaster recovery means that efficient workflows can resume as soon as possible.

The advantages are clear:

  • Short downtimes mean that a company can still be reached at practically any time, which leads to growing trust in the company and an improved brand image.
  • A company's ability to conduct business is also maintained and
  • financial losses are kept within reasonable limits.
  • Helps companies comply with their obligation to keep accounting and financial data in accordance with data protection measures.

Business continuity and disaster recovery

Business Continuity Management comprises all measures that ensure that the ongoing operations of a company are affected as little as possible in extreme or catastrophic situations (e.g. power failure, pandemics, natural disasters) or can be restored to normal very quickly.

Disaster recovery strategies, on the other hand, refer to the rapid restoration of IT systems and stored data.

In order for disaster recovery to be successful, a plan for structured data recovery must be in place.

When deciding how best to proceed, the following questions could help:

  • How much data may be lost? (Recovery Point Objective, RPO)
  • Which data saving method do I choose and at what intervals should it be saved?
  • How long can the system be down for before it becomes critical for the business? (Recovery Time Objective, RTO)
  • What is the ideal location for backups?
  • What types of backups are available and how are they best used?
  1. Full backup
  2. Differential backup
  3. Incremental backup

Data backup with Acronis Backup Cloud and the IONOS Compute Engine

The Compute Engine mirrors a so-called public cloud. But not all elements of an IT infrastructure need to be in the cloud: on-premises solutions are often combined with components in the cloud. Acronis Cloud Backup backs up all these components reliably. You can also use Acronis Cloud Backup for IT systems that are not in the enterprise cloud at all.

The advantage is that it is easy to use: In the user interface and API of the Compute Engine, you will find a button to access the Acronis backup console. Here you determine which servers or VMs are backed up, and with which saving method. This will make your work easier even if you move your system from "real" hardware to the cloud at a later point or simply partially move it: Access to the Acronis Backup Console is always located in the same place, no matter how much your system changes over time.

Acronis initially performs a full backup and then saves changes incrementally. In the event of an incident, the entire data backup can later be restored as a full backup – all at the push of a button. With Acronis Cloud Backup in the Compute Engine, you have a powerful tool at hand that helps you to protect all components of your IT system appropriately.

Data management is the sum of all technical, conceptual and organizational measures and procedures for the collection, storage and provision of data. This is so that various processes in companies can be optimally supported. Data management includes measures to ensure…

  • Data quality
  • Data consistency
  • Data security
  • Data encryption
  • Data archiving
  • Data access
  • Data deletion
  • Data life cycle management.

The various aspects and elements of data collection, data access, and data storage are also taken into account as part of data management.

The IONOS Compute Engine provides virtual data centers that the customer can configure according to their own requirements and are able to use like conventional data centers. In the cloud, there are no limits when it comes to implementing an internal data management guideline or following external compliance guidelines.

As a product of IONOS SE with headquarters and data centers in Germany, the IONOS Compute Engine is fully subject to the GDPR requirements and simultaneously offers maximum security against the US CLOUD Act.

The IONOS Compute Engine knows the importance of developing a strategy so that the customer can use the cloud as optimally as possible. Professional service cloud consultants take the customer by the hand and work with them to develop meaningful cloud architectures and test them using a proof-of-concept.

Customers use a large amount of scripts and best practice papers for migrating IT workloads. If a problem arises, customers turn to our professional 24/7 support, where they can receive detailed instructions from trained system administrators.

The IONOS Compute Engine is a so-called public cloud and offers infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service.

Unlike a private cloud, the public cloud offers services available to the general public and not exclusively for a specific organization. A private cloud is either operated by the organization itself or provided exclusively by a service provider for this specific organization.

The use of a public cloud can be restricted by strict legal data protection regulations or by security concerns. In certain industries, regulation prohibits the transfer of data to external service providers who do not meet the strict data protection requirements. In such cases, either the IONOS Compute Engine (with maximum security under the US Cloud Act), a private cloud, or a hybrid cloud (a mixture of private and public clouds), is the best option.

The hybrid cloud offers combined access to the services of a public cloud and a private cloud depending on the requirements of the respective application. Compared to the public cloud, an advantage of the private cloud is that the performance of the services is influenced even less by other customers than in the kernel-centered virtualization of the IONOS Compute Engine.