General Purpose Instances

  • Processor
    4 to 48 vCPUs
  • Processor type
    AMD EPYC, 7000 series
  • Memory
    16 to 256 GB RAM
  • Memory type
    DDR4 ECC
  • Storage
    150 to 600 GB + Block Storage
  • Storage type
    SSD NVMe
  • Bandwidth
    500 Mbp/s to 10 Gbp/s
  • Service level
    99.99 % SLA
High traffic apps
High performance computing
Software as a Service
Available regions
  • fr-par-1
  • fr-par-2
    Green AZ
  • nl-ams-1
  • pl-waw-1
  • Production-ready
  • Make webscaling easier
  • Unlimited free transfer
From€0.084ex. VAT/hour

Included Services

  • Image Deployment
  • Placement Groups
  • Private Networks
  • Security Groups
  • Snapshots
  • Flexible IPs
  • DDos Protection
  • 24/7 Tickets Support

What makes our General Purpose Instances standout?

High availability

General Purpose Instances are ideal for deploying your infrastructures in production environments. With a 99.99 % service level agreement (SLA), local storage replication and high-end performance, they ensure the high availability of your services.

European cloud

We are proud to be one of the major European cloud providers. All our services are located within the European Union and protected by its regulations. This allows us to offer you a sovereign and GDPR-compliant cloud platform.

Transfer included

The inbound and outbound transfer of virtual machines is currently included in your instance pricing. This helps you to grow your business while reducing your overall unexpected expenses.

Energy and environmental efficiency

All our datacenters are sustainable! Supplied with renewable energy, they also have outstanding energy consumption and efficiency. Our GP instances are available in fr-par2, the availability zone (AZ) located in DC5, our innovative and zero-carbon datacenter with adiabatic cooling system. DC5 consumes up to 40% less energy than most datacenters, and has an extremely low PUE of 1.15.

Solid features for a reliable infrastructure

Image deployment

Deploy the image of your choice in one click with Instance creation. We support the most commonly used operating systems: Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, Arch Linux and Alpin Linux, as well applications like WordPress, Docker, GitLab and Nextcloud.

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Security groups

Security groups are stateful cloud firewalls allowing you to secure network connections. They let you define inbound or outbound policies for a group of cloud instances. You can set up drop or access rules on all TCP, ICMP and UDP ports. These rules can be applied to all IPs or to a specific range.

Private Networks

Private Networks is compatible with GPU Instances at no extra cost. Privates Networks enables you to create your own layer-2 private networks between your Development Instances, General Purpose Instances and GPU Instances.

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Placement groups

Placement groups let you decide where to place your cloud instances.  You can create low-latency groups to locate your VMs as closely as possible and leverage network throughput at its best. You can also create high availability groups to place your VMs on distinct physical hypervisors and maximize the availability of your applications in case of an incident.


Snapshots allow you to back up and restore your cloud instances directly from the console or using our API/ developer tools. These backups can be used as point-in-time recovery in case of an incident or to create clones, replicas or VM fleets easily and quickly.

Flexible IPs

Each instance comes with an exclusive flexible public IPv4. It can be attached and detached on-demand and migrated without any downtime to other resources, whether it is an instance or a load balancer. In addition, each Instance benefits from a full /64 IPv6 range.

DDos Protection

All our cloud instances offer anti-DDoS protection. This service continuously protects your platforms from denial of service attacks, including the automatic mitigation of major attacks to limit the impact to your servers.


We designed a suite of tools to support developers in the deployment, configuration, orchestration and automation of infrastructures, whatever their size and type. Your infrastructure can be managed with our API and SDKs, using Terraform or with the scw command-line interface (CLI). You can also configure your instance immediately using cloud-init.

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24/7 Tickets Support

We ensure your services are always up and running. Our technical assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer all your questions and to assist you. Simply open a new ticket in case of a problem. You can also reach our support directly by phone or to get faster responses if you upgrade your support plan.

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Discover our top use cases for General Purpose Instances

High traffic applications

Our virtual machines have been designed to host your critical production environments as high traffic applications with a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.99 %. You can deploy servers in seconds using the console directly or the command-line interface (CLI), create fleets of cloud instances with Terraform and distribute your traffic with a Load Balancer.

High performance computing

With high-end AMD EPYC vCPUs and local NVMe SSD storage, our General Purpose instances are ready to host your high computing workloads. You can use them for batch processing, parallel computing or data manipulation, whether it is one-time or recurring.  You can scale up or down in a minute according to your needs.

Software as a Service

Our General Purpose virtual machines can securely run software as a service (SaaS). You can restrict access to your VMs using security groups and backup or restore your data in a few clicks. This ease data can also be easily stored on Block Storage or Object Storage.

Easily Control the Lifecycle of Your Virtual Machines

Gaming companies trust our General Purpose Instances

Aternos revolutionizes cloud gaming with instant horizontal scaling.

Thanks to the Scaleway’s cloud instances we were able to reduce the waiting time for our users from several hours to just a few minutes. This experience made a hudge difference for us.

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Frequently asked questions

Where are my General Purpose Instances located?

They are located in Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Warsaw (Poland). The whole Scaleway platform is protected by biometrical access control systems and by our own 24/7 on-site technical and security staff.

What is the ImageHub?

Scaleway’s ImageHub is a catalog of system images that allow you to deploy, manage and scale your favorite applications in seconds, from image templates.

How can I connect to my General Purpose Instance?

You can connect to your General Purpose Instance through an SSH communication protocol. For additional security, you can restrict the access to your local IP only by using security groups.

Do I have to power off my instance to take a snapshot?

General Purpose Instances support hot snapshots. This means you can perform a snapshot while your instance is running. Hot snapshots allow you to create a point-in-time backup without downtime. Please note that: hot snapshots can potentially lead to inconsistent data or data loss. Before taking a hot snapshot, you should always sync the data on your disk and stop IO-intensive processes. Whenever possible, you should take a cold (instance powered off) snapshot.

How can it extend my permanent storage?

The size of local storage depends on your instance type. With current configurations, the maximum local storage available  for a General Purpose Instance is 600GB. Block Storage allows you to create bigger volumes and those volumes are persistent meaning that they do not need to be attached to an instance. See the comparison table between local storage and Block Storage.

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