A Cloud Cube (or just Cube) is a virtual machine with an attached NVMe Volume. Each Cube you create is a new virtual machine you can use, either standalone or in combination with other IONOS Cloud products. For more information, see the Cloud Cubes.
You can create and configure your Cubes visually using the DCD interface. See the Setup a Cloud Cube page for more information. However, the creation and management of Cubes is easily automated via the Cloud API, as well as our custom-made tools and SDKs.
You may choose between six template sizes. Each template varies by processor, memory, and storage capacity. The breakdown of resources is as follows:
Configuration templates are set upon provisioning and cannot subsequently be changed.
Counters: The use of Cubes' vCPU, RAM, and NVMe storage resources counts into existing VDC resource usage. However, dedicated resource usage counters are enabled for Cloud Cubes. These counters permit granular monitoring of vCPUs and NVMe storage, which differ from dedicated Cores for the enterprise VM instances and SSD block storage.
Billing: Please note that suspended Cubes continue to incur costs. If you do not delete unused instances, you will continue to be charged for usage. Save on costs by creating snapshots of NVMe volumes that you do not immediately need and delete unused instances. At a later time, use these snapshots to recreate identical Cubes as needed. Please note that recreated instances may be assigned a different IP address.
Included direct-attached storage: A default Cube comes ready with a high-speed direct-attached NVMe storage volume. Please check Configuration Templates for NVMe Storage sizes.
Add-on network block storage: You may attach more HDD or SSD (Standard or Premium) block storage. Each Cube supports up to 23 block storage devices in addition to the existing NVMe volume. Added HDD and SSD devices, as well as CD-ROMs, can be unmounted and deleted any time after the Cube is provisioned for use.
Boot options: Any storage device, including the CD-ROM, can be selected as the boot volume. You may also boot from the network.
Images and snapshots: Images and snapshots can be created from and copied to direct-attached storage, block storage devices, and CD-ROM drives. Also, direct-attached storage volume snapshots and block storage volumes can be used interchangeably
A recovery point is generated daily for each Cube NVMe storage volume. This recovery point can be used to recreate the instance again with the same contents, except for those stored in added volumes.
IONOS Cloud network block storage devices are already protected by a double-redundant setup, which is not included in the recovery points. Instead, recovered block storage devices will automatically be mounted to new Cubes instances.
Cloud Cubes are limited to a maximum of 24 devices. The NVMe volume already occupies one of these slots.
You may not change the properties of a configuration template (vCPU, RAM, and direct-attached storage size) after the Cube is provisioned.
The direct-attached NVMe storage volume is set upon provisioning and cannot be unmounted or deleted from the instance.
If available account resources are not sufficient for your tasks, please contact our support team to increase resource limits for your account.