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Quantum cloud services are the future of quantum computing. They provide a way for developers to access quantum computing resources without needing to own or maintain quantum hardware. Quantum cloud services are available from a variety of providers, including IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon. These services offer a range of features, including quantum simulators, quantum processors, and quantum programming tools.

In this guide, we'll explore the basics of quantum cloud services, including what they are, how they work, and how you can get started using them. We'll also take a look at some of the most popular quantum cloud services available today.

Hybrid Systems

  • Backends are typically used for running quantum algorithms that require direct access to quantum hardware.
  • Hybrid systems are used for running quantum algorithms that require a combination of classical and quantum resources.

Hybrid systems tend to be favoured because they offer better performance.

The two are not mutually exclusive, hybrid systems typically use backends to run the quantum part of the algorithm.

Quantum Providers

Qiskit Runtime$1.60 USD / second
Rigetti QCSPricing


For a complete list of quantum backends see the sidebar

IonQ ForteAzure, Braket32
Ankaa-2Rigetti QCS84