Cloud Provider Instances with KVM support

If you intend to use a cloud provider to test Ignite, you can use the instructions below to provision an instance that satisfies the KVM system requirements described in the installation guide.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon EC2 bare metal instances provide direct access to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and memory resources of the underlying server. These instances are ideal for workloads that require access to the hardware feature set (such as Intel® VT-x), for applications that need to run in non-virtualized environments for licensing or support requirements, or for customers who wish to use their own hypervisor.

Here’s a list of instances with KVM support, with pricing (as of July 2019), to help you test Ignite. All the instances listed below are EBS-optimized, with 25 Gigabit available network performance and IPv6 support.

Family Type Pricing (US-West-2) per On Demand Linux Instance Hr vCPUs Memory (GiB) Instance Storage (GB)
Compute optimized c5.metal $4.08 96 192 EBS only
General purpose m5.metal $4.608 96 384 EBS only
General purpose m5d.metal $5.424 96 384 4 x 900 (SSD)
Memory optimized r5.metal $6.048 96 768 EBS only
Memory optimized r5d.metal $6.912 96 768 4 x 900 (SSD)
Memory optimized z1d.metal $4.464 48 384 2 x 900 (SSD)
Storage optimized i3.metal $4.992 72 512 8 x 1900 (SSD)

Use the AWS console to launch one of these instances and connect to your instance using SSH. Then, follow the instructions in the installation guide.

Google Cloud


Use Google compute from a custom KVM image so that Ignite can be installed and run easily.

  • Login to Google Cloud Console

  • Open Google Cloud Shell

  • Run the following command to create custom images with KVM enabled

    gcloud compute images create nested-virt \
      --source-image-project=ubuntu-os-cloud \
      --source-image-family=ubuntu-1604-lts \
  • Create an instance with the custom image created

Microsoft Azure

Azure supports nested virtualizations on Dv3 and Ev3 series virtual machines with 4 or more vCPUs. The smallest sizes supporting Ignite are listed below for development purposes. Larger and more specialized SKUs also support virtualization. There is no special configuration required. Follow the standard Ignite installation instructions for Ubuntu.

Family Type $/hr (West US 2) $/month vCPUs Memory (GiB) Instance Storage (GB)
General purpose D4s_v3 $0.192 $140.16 4 16 32GiB
General purpose D8s_v3 $0.384 $280.32 8 32 64GiB
Memory optimized E4s_v3 $0.252 $183.96 4 32 64GiB
Memory optimized E8s_v3 $0.504 $367.92 8 64 128GiB


As a bare metal provider Packet naturally supports virtualization. For development purposes, using a t1.small.x86 with Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.04 works well.

Config $/hr $/month CPUs Memory (GiB) Instance Storage (GB)
t1.small.x86 $0.07 ~$51.1 4@2.4Ghz 8 80GiB
c1.small.x86 $0.40 ~$292 4@3.5Ghz 32 120GiB