Editing VM CPUs and RAM

Virtual machine hardware settings determine the amount of Metered RAM and storage that the VM consumes—larger VMs consume more Metered RAM and storage space. For information about how Metered RAM and storage are calculated, see How usage is calculated.



To edit the VM CPU and RAM settings
  1. Make sure the VM is fully powered off (not running or suspended).
  2. Before making hardware changes to your VM, create a template of it. If any problems occur, you can restore your VM from this template.
  3. Navigate to the VM Settings > Hardware page.

    hardware settings

  4. Next to CPUs, select the number of CPUs that the VM will use.

    If an x86 VM is hardware version 10 or newer, click Advanced to see multi-core CPU options. By default, Skytap configures 1 CPU core per socket.


    • The maximum number of CPUs for a single VM varies, depending on region. For a list of regional capabilities, see Skytap Cloud features by region.
    • If an x86 VM is hardware version 9 or earlier, you can upgrade the VM hardware version to make advanced CPU configuration options available. For instructions, see Upgrading VM hardware versions.
    • The number of cores per socket must be 1, 2, 4, or 8. Only valid CPU configuration options are displayed.
  5. Next to RAM, enter The amount of RAM (in MB) that the VM will use.


    • One (1) GB of RAM is 1024 MB.
    • The maximum amount of RAM available for a single VM varies, depending on region.
    • For x86 VMs – Increasing the amount of RAM, also increases the IOPS performance (up to 16 GB of RAM).
    • For Power A CPU architecture that supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux (on Power) in Skytap Cloud. VMs – The minimum supported RAM is 2048 MB (2 GB).
  6. Click Save.

Additional information

  • Follow vendor recommendations for the operating system and the installed applications when setting the CPU and RAM values. Generally:

    • Additional CPU cores permit more concurrent system and application processes, which improves system performance.
    • Additional RAM allows more applications to be active and improves access speeds for data.
  • Some VMs may not support every configuration option that Skytap allows you to set. The guest OS type and hardware version number determine the amount of CPUs and RAM that a VM can use.

    For example:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard VMs support a maximum of 4 CPUs. If you select 8 CPUs, 4 of those CPUs are ignored by the guest OS.
    • VM (x86 The most common CPU architecture. x86 CPUs support Windows and Linux VMs in Skytap Cloud. ) hardware versions 9 and earlier don’t support 12 CPUs or 256 GB of RAM. For example, if you select 12 CPUs for a VM on hardware version 7, you may see an error message when the VM runs.

RAM cheat sheet

1 1024 2 2048 3 3072 4 4096
8 8192 16 16384 24 24576 32 32768
64 65536 128 131072 256 262144 512 524288