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From £1/monthexcl. VAT
  • Stop Sharing! No shared resources through VMware virtualisation - the server is 100% yours! Including Plesk ONYX
  • High performance: The latest Intel® Xeon® E5 processors and 100% SSD storage
  • Maximum reliability: Storage area networks and cloud infrastructure for top reliability and data security

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Stronger performance with the best 1&1 Cloud Server infrastructure

Virtual Server

Virtual Server

Virtual Server

Virtual Server

Cloud M

Cloud L

Cloud XL

Cloud XXL

12 months£4.99/monththen £9.99/monthexcl. VAT
12 months£9.99/monththen £14.99/monthexcl. VAT
6 months£1/monththen £19.99/monthexcl. VAT
12 months£19.99/monththen £29.99/monthexcl. VAT
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General Server Features
Project/Server ready in just 55 seconds

Your server will be ready in just 55 seconds with the powerful 1&1 Cloud

Data centre location

Your choice of data centre location, included free


1 - 4 vCores

Minimum 1 vCore


1 - 8 GB RAM

Minimum 512 MB

SSD storage space

30 - 160 GB (SSD) Solid state drive

Minimum 30 GB

KVM console

Use KVM console to access your server as if it was physically on your desktop

Interactive Invoice

Full billing transparency: Whether you want to see your expenses aggregated or broken down to individual minutes, or you need to forcast your future expenses, Interactive Invoice lets you do it all


VMware virtualisation technology

SAN storage

All virtual machines (VMs)/projects are stored in our storage area network (SAN). Compared to direct-attached storage (DAS) or local storage, SAN is significantly more resilient. With SAN, your data is always available, even in the event of storage node failure


Unlimited incoming and outgoing traffic free of charge

Security with SSL Wildcard Certificate

Secure your customers' data in accordance with the latest safety standards in data encryption with the SSL Wildcard Certificate.

High-performance data centres

Hosted in the advanced data centre of your choice

Firewall management

Setup custom external firewall rules for traffic in the Cloud Panel


IPS and IDS build the first barrier in our security network to protect against unwanted access


A holistic security, information and event management system which detects and flags anomalies


A reliable backup solution to ensure the security of your data - £0.20/GB/month

Server snapshot

Create snapshots when you want to preserve the state of a virtual machine, allowing you to return to the same state repeatedly, or just consolidate changes

Server image

Create server images manually or automatically (e.g. schedule the automatic creation of server images daily or weekly), later you can deploy new servers based on these images

User logs

Detailed information about all actions performed in the Cloud Panel

Import Images

Import your own images and ISOS to the cloud panel

SSH Keys

Create and manage SSH keys or add your own keys to securely access your Linux Server

Operating Systems

Windows Server® 2012 R2 - £5.00/VCore/per month
Windows Server® 2016 - £10.00/VCore/per month


Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04
CentOS 7
CentOS 6
Debian 9
Debian 8

Customer Service
24/7 support

Speak with customer support

E-mail support

Free e-mail support from a dedicated support team

Configuration & Administration
Full root access

Full root/administrator access for comprehensive system control

Administration Tool Plesk ONYX

Plesk ONYX included (unlimited users, reseller support, unlimited domains)

1&1 Cloud Panel

Centralised administration controls for easy management of all features and functions

1&1 Control Panel

Access to your account information as well as simple management of your contract

Advanced monitoring

Control all server and network activities in a few clicks, with excellent usability and no nested menus

Shell access (via SSH)

Encrypted access to server/project content

SSH Key Management

Create and manage SSH keys

Databases and Programming Languages
Preinstalled applications

Deploy your server with applications already installed (e.g. WordPress, Drupal™, etc.)

Database support

MySQL and MariaDB databases supported

Microsoft Databases

Optionally included software for database administration
MS SQL Express 2012/2014 - free
MS SQL 2012/2014/2016 - web licence £40/month per 4 CPUs
MS SQL 2012/2014/2016 - Standard licence £300/month per 4 CPUs



Use a domain as a fixed Internet address. Choose from the following domain extensions:, .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .name, .eu, .uk

Option to add domain
IPv4 addresses

Static IPv4 address

Additional domains

Additional domains with more than 100 TLDs - starting at £0.99/year

1&1 Subdomains

Subdomains via 1&1 DNS server, unlimited via Plesk

Up to 10,000
External domains

Integration of external domains from other providers

DNS management

Individual configuration of DNS records (e.g. for external domains or own mail and DNS services)

Your own local mail server

Select a local or 1&1 mail server for each domain

1&1 Mailboxes

1&1 Mailboxes

1&1 Mailbox Storage

Available storage space per mailbox

2 GB
1&1 Webmail 2.0

Easy access to e-mail with any browser

1&1 Anti-spam

Automatic spam protection at server level

1&1 Anti-phishing

Protection from phishing e-mails

Microsoft® Exchange

Professional, groupware-capable Microsoft® mail solution with e-mail, events and address book (supports ActiveSync

1&1 Mail Business

Professional groupware-capable mail solution with mail, events, and address book - £4.99/month

1&1 Online Storage
1&1 Online Storage

Access your data anytime, anywhere!

2 GB
1&1 Office Drive Manager

Access your Online Storage directly via Windows Explorer!

1&1 Mobile Online Storage

Mobile access to your files with iOS and Android

Marketing and Website Tools
1&1 Webtool

More website performance

1&1 SEO Pro

Make it easier for search engines to find your website - £9.99/month


VPS Feature Highlights

Full Root Access

Full Root Access

Full root/administrator access for comprehensive system control over software, services, users and rights.
Unlimited Traffic

Unlimited Traffic

Unlimited free traffic without throttling. Regardless of the traffic volume upstream or downstream, traffic will always remain free with the maximum bandwidth available.
SSD Storage

SSD Storage

You have the choice between the standard HDD storage or SDD storage. SSD is recommended if you have data on your server that is frequently accessed as it offers over ten times faster access times.


1&1 Virtual Cloud Servers use the leading virtualisation technology from VMware. VMware guarantees maximum performance with the highest reliability and availability. In the event of hardware failure, services are automatically restored in seconds, without manual intervention.
24/7 Support

24/7 Support

Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any questions regarding setting up or operating your server.
Plesk ONYX

Plesk ONYX

Plesk ONYX is the leading tool for server administrators and web professionals alike. As the admin, you manage and process all of the server's functions and set up user accounts, domains and e-mail addresses without having to change the interface.
Choice of Linux/Windows

Choice of Linux/Windows

Choose between various Linux and Windows distributions such as: CentOS 7, Debian 9, Ubuntu 16.04, Windows 2012, Windows 2016 and more.
Maximum Security

Maximum Security

1&1 Data Centres are among the safest and most modern in Europe. Redundant technology guarantees excellent reliability, while complex security measures safeguard your data.


Our cloud platforms use a combination of the highest quality state-of-the-art components from brands like HP, Intel, SolidFire and F5 Networks.. Our aim is to make our products as fail-safe as possible and as a result guaranteeing at least 99.9% availability, meaning your servers and business run smoothly.
Choice of data centre

Choice of data centre

You now have the option of creating and holding all virtual machines and other server components mentioned in your contract, in different data centres within Europe and the USA. This allows you to, for example, improve access times to your server or build transatlantic redundant infrastructures for your international customers. The option to choose centre location can be found within your Cloud Panel under "Advanced Options". The server components of our UK customers will automatically be held exclusively in our UK data centre unless otherwise changed.


Convenient backup solution to secure your data. All backups are encrypted and stored in a physically separate data centre. Regular backups can be scheduled at specific times (e.g. every Wednesday at 3 am).
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Virtual Server

  • What is VPS hosting?

    Servers are powerful computer systems for hosting, which host websites or software apps so multiple users can access them at once. Like other computers, servers have certain performance characteristics, for example, the memory, the hard drive and the power of the processors. A virtual server, also known as a vServer or VPS (Virtual Private Server), works according to the same principle. However, a virtual server does not use dedicated hardware, like a hard drive or CPU, rather it accesses one or more parts of certain hardware resources. This means a VPS has some performance characteristics that differ from those of a physical server. For example, the virtual hard drive capacity can be spread over various hard drives, or only use a part of a physical hard drive.

    The advantage of a virtual server is the flexible allocation of physical server resources, which allows for the creation of tailor-made server sizes and in turn makes renting a vServer very cost efficient. The opposite of a vServer is a dedicated server, where specific hardware resources are rented either in their full capacity, or just one or more processors and hard drives. Our vServers, like a dedicated server, give you full root access. That means you decide how you want to use VPS hosting – completely in private and independently from other users. You can also choose between Linux or Windows-based operating systems. You rent your vServer at an affordable monthly rate. Our virtual server packages offer various performance levels for your individual needs.
  • What is the difference between virtualisation and emulation?

    Although similar concepts, there are some key differences between emulation and virtualisation. In short, the emulation process replaces hardware with software, whereas a virtual machine uses physical hardware directly.

    Emulation is essentially the process of enabling one computer system (the host) to behave like another computer system (the guest). It uses a virtual machine (VM) in order to simulate hardware, therefore creating a virtual environment that acts similarly to a physical hardware environment. This mimicking process is quite common in the world of gaming. For example, many gamers use emulators to play classic game consoles on their computer.

    Virtualisation on the other hand, utilises a computer's existing hardware system and distributes it onto several VMs. For this, a virtual private server (VPS) can be utilised to provide users diverse server functionality that is similar to that of a dedicated server. Virtualisation aims to use all computer resources to their fullest potential resulting in high performance, maximum reliability and reduced hardware costs.
  • Virtual machines vs. containers: which is the right choice for me?

    Both containers and virtual machines (VMs) have been on the scene for some time. However, with more and more people turning to cloud computing, the choice between VMs and containers has prompted a lot of discussion in recent years.

    Virtual machines, also known as guests, are designed to run software on top of a computer system, i.e. a physical machine, with the help of a hypervisor software. A VM is operated from a different app window and behaves like a completely separate computer. It creates a virtual environment that allows users to run applications and programs in a safe, isolated space. Containers, on the other hand, are essentially used for applications rather than entire operating systems. Multiple containers can be run at the same time from the same machine and provide isolation for individual processes.

    When choosing the best option for you or your business, it is important to bear in mind the following factors: the isolation requirements of your company, the size of your operations, and your security requirements. Virtual machines are ideal for large-scale businesses with multiple services, while containers are suitable for those looking to deploy multiple instances of a single service.
  • What projects is a virtual environment best suited to?

    The virtual machines from 1&1 are ideal for small to medium sized agencies that regularly create or monitor websites for their clients. They are also suitable for the webhosting of the internet presence of freelancers or small businesses. As all our virtualization solutions have full root or administrator access, small to medium sized online shops can also be hosted using them, depending on the complexity of the shop system used, number of products and customer traffic. The root access also makes our virtual server hosting an affordable option for telephone systems, database applications and mail servers. The fast external connection to the internet ensures that accessing your website or application is problem-free. The exchange of data is not limited, no matter how much data you upload or access from your servers – the connection capacity remains high. You have a choice between Linux and Windows as operating systems for your vServer. Which variation of the respective system you choose is up to you. This allows our affordable virtual private server (VPS) to support many different applications and hosting purposes. Even though our servers are affordable, we exclusively work with the brand newest hardware and place great emphasis on security and reliability. The 1&1 virtual cloud server uses the virtualisation solution VMware for its middleware. Choose the right size for your project from our many different packages. These cheap VPS are suitable for beginners, but also for more demanding projects, like database applications.
  • Which services do the virtualized systems from 1&1 provide?

    You want flexible access to a number of versatile server resources? Renting one of our vServers is an affordable, powerful and reliable solution. The VPS are driven by powerful processors and provide guaranteed memory with extremely high availability. Whether you choose Linux or Windows as your operating system, the necessary updates are installed independently by the server. Choose your virtual server package in accordance with your performance and memory needs. Generally, a virtual environment from 1&1 relieves you of some of the technical administration of your hosting system. Your server is run by one of the most secure hosting systems in Europe. Numerous connections through a high power fibre-optic network mean the availability of your VPS server is almost 100 percent secure. See for yourself by monitoring the availability of your services hosted on your vServer using the server monitoring. With the 1&1 Cloud Panel, which has also been optimised for mobile devices, you are always aware of the availability status of your systems. To make the administration of services and web hosting easier, we have pre-installed an easy to use admin software.
  • Can a computing environment from 1&1 easily be extended?

    The server virtualisation from 1&1 is an affordable and powerful solution for beginners with small to medium sized projects – from websites to online shops and database applications. As not every project requires the same capacities, you can choose between different package sizes. The main difference between them is the size of the virtual memory and the hard drive capacity. At the start of your project, when its dimensions are still relatively small, the hardware capacity of the beginner virtual server package may be enough for you. This delivers high performance with all the important features, comprehensive server security and reliable availability at an affordable price. With time, as your business or project grows, you may require higher capacities. Our vServers grow with your needs. All servers come with additional features. For example, if you want to be available to your clients under a number of internet addresses, simply book additional ones or include external domains from other providers. If you are renting a VPS to host an online store, it is important to secure the exchange of data using an SSL certificate. We also offer different applications for hosting mail servers – from virus protection to mail solutions. 1&1 also provides you with the opportunity to test the server virtualisation free of charge. If you rent VPS hosting space you'll receive a 30-day money back guarantee.
  • Can I rent a VPS and flexibly adjust it to my needs?

    Yes. Thanks to full root access, you can flexibly allocate your virtual hosting capacity to your various projects and applications. If your server performance and memory needs vary or change depending on the season, the 1&1 cloud servers are a flexible and cost-efficient solution for you. These virtual servers dynamically adjust to your individual needs.

    When using a cloud server you only pay for what you actually use. For cloud servers you also have a choice between Linux and Windows as operating systems. With such an adaptable server, you can automatically react if your website, shop or services are in particularly high demand; and save money in times of less demand.
  • What is the 1&1 virtual server cloud?

    The virtual server cloud is a technology that combines the ease and comfort of a virtual private server (VPS) with the availability and performance of a cloud server. The product characteristics of the virtual server cloud differ in a few details from the classic virtual server packages to provide different usage profile and thereby offer solutions based on individual needs. Of course, you still enjoy our usual services with the new packages:

    - Hosting in one of the most modern data centres in Europe
    - The possibility to include an unlimited number of external domains from third party providers or establish up to 10,000 subdomains on the 1&1 DNS server
    - 24/7 access to your system using the 1&1 Cloud Panel
    - Unlimited traffic without restrictions

    Compare the details of the packages now to find out which 1&1 vServer package is best suited to you and your needs!
  • Which optional features are on offer with the 1&1 cloud environment?

    1&1 is a market leader when it comes to VPS cloud hosting – meaning you get numerous special features for a small additional fee. Included in these is a powerful two-component virus protection: a professional virus protection program for your 1&1 inboxes, along with virus protection for your local computer. You can also book secure FTP storage space packages in varying sizes for your individual backups of your VPS cloud. If you want to acquire further internet addresses, domains with over 100 different domain endings are available. Use our optional fee-based 1&1 SEO Pro tool for efficient search engine optimisation, which you can test for 30 days free of charge.

    The powerful cloud hardware with SSD hard drives (Solid State Drives) –currently the fastest storage technology – ensures rapid access times and a high rate of data exchange. The bandwidth of the internal network connection is up to 10 gigabytes per second. Modern, certified high-powered data centres in Europe guarantee maximum data security. A further special feature is the easy control of your 1&1 VPS cloud server through the intuitive and well-structured 1&1 Cloud Panel. Setting up your 1&1 VPS cloud only takes 55 seconds! Our first-class support is happy to help you by phone with any questions about our products and services at any time.
  • Is there a backup and recovery solution for my virtual server on Windows and Linux?

    1&1 offers two options for creating a server backup on both Windows and Linux: for one, you can use the "professional backup" feature already included in your vServer to secure your data. Furthermore, for a small additional charge, you can create an image of your server which is saved on a separate storage space.
  • Can I test vServer with 1&1?

    If you are initially unsure whether virtual machines are the right thing for your needs, 1&1 lets you test the virtual environment before committing. This allows you to view all of the features, experience the advantages and see for yourself whether the functions meet your expectations. In line with our 1&1 principle, we let you test the vServers free of charge for a month. You receive the full width of desired services and can put them to the test. Should you feel that virtual private servers are not for you, simply cancel the package. Any expenditures, like a monthly fee or an installation fee will be refunded, meaning you don't need to worry about surprise charges and can test the vServer easily and risk-free. The test period of 30 days starts when you order your package.
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