The Joyent Compute Service

Build reliable and resilient applications on the high-performance Joyent cloud infrastructure. Our service powers the fastest-growing and most innovative mobile, social, media & entertainment, e-commerce, financial services and service provider companies. Experience it for yourself.

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Cloud Features

  • On-demand virtual compute with up to 256GiB of RAM
  • SmartOS, Linux or Windows operating systems
  • Five instance families, including SSDs to fit demanding workloads
  • 10 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s networking standard
  • Long-term discounts for 1 and 3 year reserved instances
  • Complete library of provisioning and management APIs
  • Support from wide range of ecosystem partners
  • Available as a Joyent Private Cloud for seamless on-premise and hybrid usage.

What Our Architecture Offers

  • OS Virtualization: Better virtual server performance because end-user latency is a revenue killer
  • ZFS: The high-integrity caching file system to keep your data safe from corruption and instantly available
  • Zones: A zero-privilege container security model to isolate and protect your applications
  • DTrace: Better observability even in live production to troubleshoot mis-behaving applications

Use Cases

Joyent is architected for modern, real-time applications, and ideal for:

  • High-performance analytics
  • Extensions of in-house departmental apps
  • Mobile application development
  • Node.js, WebSocket, and WebRTC applications
  • E-Commerce businesses
  • Entertainment, media & gaming businesses
  • Financial applications
  • OEM

Why Joyent Compute?

Faster Performing Cloud Architecture

When latency matters, use the cloud infrastructure that performs better than dedicated servers.

Reliability + Resiliency

True data resiliency and fidelity with the best cloud uptime SLA in the industry.

Visibility + Control

Use our unique hot spot, utilization, density, load balancing, and latency analytics to root out production problems in live systems.


Choose from five instance types (Standard, High CPU, High Memory, High Storage, High I/O) and reserved plans to match price / performance according to your workload.

Scales Faster

Available dynamic scaling to instantly meet variable traffic without reboots.

Expert Support

Connect with solution architects who can advise you on how to build your architecture with scalability in mind.

Best For Node.js

As the corporate steward of Node.js, Joyent offers the only debugging and performance tools for Node.js apps in production.

Global Scale + Operational Dexterity

Deploy on the same infrastructure globally. Test your web or mobile application in new regions on our global network and if needed, extend your public cloud infrastructure on premise leverage the same code base in a Joyent Private Cloud deployment.

An Instance for Every OrganizationSee our compute pricing or contact sales about reserved plans.

  • Standard

    Provides a balanced set of resources and a low cost platform that is well suited for a wide variety of applications.

  • High Memory

    Offers large memory sizes for high throughput applications, including database and memory caching applications.

  • High CPU

    Provides proportionally more CPU resources than memory (RAM) and are well suited for compute-intensive applications.

  • High Storage

    Delivers proportionally higher storage density per instance, and are ideally suited for applications that benefit from high sequential I/O performance across very large data sets. High Storage instances also provide high levels of CPU, memory and network performance.

  • High I/O

    Provides very high disk I/O performance and are ideally suited for many high performance database workloads. High I/O instances provide SSD-based local instance storage, and also provide high levels of CPU, memory and network performance.

A Resilient Architecture

Everyone's components can fail, but in Joyent's architecture, a failing component only affects the infrastructure that is directly dependent upon that component. For example, if a disk fails, ZFS automatically begins resilvering—with minimal disruption and no downtime to the compute node. If an entire compute node fails, only the virtual machines provisioned on that node fail; other nodes are unaffected. And in the unlikely event of broader failure the affected components stop, but the failure doesn't spread.

  1. Zones isolate each application environment
  2. ZFS manages a storage pool of virtualized physical drives, if a physical drive fails ZFS automatically replicates without disruption to the compute node
  3. Thousands of zones can be created on one kernel
  4. Zones virtualize the hardware resources
Joyent cloud computing IaaS technology architecture diagram

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