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Free cloud hosting from IONOS: It’s really simple
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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How good are free cloud servers?
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.
What to consider with “free” cloud servers
FAQ – Frequently asked questions
When you rent a cloud server from IONOS, you get access to a virtualized 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 realize 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 virtualization 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 virtualized 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 virtualized resources. If you rent a vServer (also known as a VPS), you also get access to a virtualized 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.