Flexible storage for evolving business workloads

IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services offers a scalable and durable unstructured data store for a broad range of workloads, including cloud-native applications and on-premises data. IBM provides a portfolio of robust, cloud-based object storage public services designed to deliver superior flexibility in data access frequency and resiliency. Employ stand-alone services or integrate them with other IBM Cloud services including analytics, compute and cognitive services.

Accessible through a self-service portal, the cloud-based services reside on the shared multi-tenant IBM Cloud infrastructure spanning a global network of data centers managed by IBM experts. Access the highly secure services from anywhere in the world through object storage RESTful APIs including OpenStack Swift and S3–compatible APIs. IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services is priced based on a consumption model; clients pay for only what they use on a monthly basis. No fixed or CapEx costs are involved at any time.

Benefits of IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services

  • Flexible: Match your workload requirements for a wide variety of applications including cloud-native applications such as Internet of Things and mobile or on-premises applications such as archiving, backup and content repositories.
  • Scalable: Start at any initial capacity with virtually unlimited scalability. Scale your capacity usage up or down at any time, and pay for only what you use.
  • Resilient: Avoid downtime during hardware or software maintenance, power outages and link or site failures. Maintain services availability during region-wide outages, including natural disasters.
  • Secure: Protect data at rest using automatic provider-side AES-256 encryption and SHA-256 hash. Secure data in motion using built-in, carrier-grade TLS/SSL or SNMPv3 with AES encryption. Also generate and manage credentials for each user access, and use digital certificates to protect all network connections against rogue attacks.

Public cloud service portfolio

Multi-tenant IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services is available in four classes: Standard, Vault, Cold Vault, and Flex.

  • Standard: This service is for unstructured data that requires frequent access, such as DevOps, collaboration and action content repositories.
  • Vault: This service is for workloads with infrequently accessed data, such as backup, archive and compliance workloads.
  • Cold Vault: This deployment option is ideal for minimum access requirements, historical records compliancy and long-term backup.
  • Flex: Deploy for varying data access requirements and protect your budget from unexpected cost fluctuations.

Implement Standard, Vault, Cold Vault, and Flex services in two resiliency options: Regional and Cross-Region:

  • Regional: Data is deployed in multiple IBM Cloud facilities within a single geographic zone, helping to protect data from common component failures and power outages.
  • Cross-Region: Data is deployed in IBM Cloud data centers across three or more geographic zones, helping ensure business continuity and workload data accessibility in multiple regions.

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  Standard Vault Cold Vault Flex
Ideal for active, frequently accessed data such as collaboration, content distribution and born-on-the-cloud application data. Check mark Dash Dash Dash
Ideal for infrequently accessed data such as digital asset preservation and backup and disaster recovery data. Dash Check mark Dash Dash
Ideal for minimally accessed data for long-term retention functions such as archiving, long- term backup and historical data for compliance. Dash Dash Check mark Dash
Ideal for dynamic data where data access frequency is unpredictable from month to month; for example, cloud-native applications or mixed- data-access frequency workloads. Dash Dash Dash Check mark
Ideal frequency of access Multiple times a month Once a month or less Once every 3 months or less As often as you want
Minimum storage duration None 30 days 90 days None
You pay for only what you use. Pricing is based on storage capacity, the bandwidth consumed and the frequency of operation on the stored data.* Check mark Check mark Check mark Check mark
Regional resiliency option protects data from most common component failures and power outages. Check mark Check mark Check mark Check mark
Cross-region resiliency provides additional protection from region-wide outages such as natural disasters to help ensure high availability of mission-critical data. Check mark Check mark Check mark Check mark

Table 1: This chart helps you assess the various IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services against your workload data access and resiliency requirements.

Figure 1: IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services include a range of options to store your data to meet your workload requirements.

Streamlining data storage with compelling cloud storage economics and simplicity

Selecting the right IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service for your application is easy. Robust service descriptions and resiliency options are explained below. Or, if you want a snapshot analysis of how each service aligns with your requirements, see Table 1.

Standard

This option is designed for storing and managing frequently accessed data, providing high performance at lower cost for use cases such as collaboration, analytics, cognitive, active content repositories, and sync-and-share applications. This class of storage is ideal for unstructured data that is accessed multiple times a month.

Standard service is available in both regional and cross-region resiliency options explained below.

Pricing for this service is primarily based on storage capacity, the public outbound bandwidth consumed and the frequency of operations made on the data.* That means you pay only for what you use every month, with no separate charges for deploying your data in multiple IBM Cloud facilities and the bandwidth consumed for transferring data between these facilities.

Vault

This option is designed for storing and managing your less-frequently accessed data for functions such as tape replacement, backup and disaster recovery. This class of storage is ideal for unstructured data that is accessed once a month or less.

Vault service is available in both regional and cross-region resiliency options explained below.

Pricing for this service is based on storage capacity, the public outbound bandwidth consumed and the frequency of operations made on the data.* An additional retrieval charge applies each time data is read for this service. There is a minimum threshold for object size and storage period, consistent with the intended use of this service for colder, less-active data. You pay only for what you use each month. There are no separate charges for deploying your data in multiple IBM Cloud facilities and the bandwidth consumed for transferring data between these facilities.

Cold Vault

This service is ideal for storing and managing unstructured data that is minimally accessed for use cases such as archiving, digital asset preservation and long term-backup for compliance. This class of storage is ideal for long-term retention of data that needs minimal access.

Cold Vault service is available in both regional and cross- region resiliency options explained below.

Pricing for this service is based on storage capacity, the public outbound bandwidth consumed and the frequency of operations made on the data.* An additional retrieval charge applies each time data is read for this service. There is a minimum threshold for object size and storage period, consistent with the intended use of this service for colder, less-active data. You pay only for what you use each month. There are no separate charges for deploying your data in multiple IBM Cloud facilities and the bandwidth consumed for transferring data between these facilities.

Flex

This service is designed for workloads with unpredictable data usage patterns, for example, a photo archive that has a periodic facial recognition workload associated with it where data is “hot” today and “cold” tomorrow. It is also ideal for storing data for mixed workloads where the overall data access pattern varies from month to month. This service has a cap on the combined capacity and retrieval charge, encouraging you to cost-e ectively access and use your data as often as you need, capitalizing on IBM’s cognitive and analytics tools.

Flex service is available in both regional and cross-region resiliency options explained below.

Pricing for this service is based on storage capacity, the public outbound bandwidth consumed and the frequency of operations made on the data.* A retrieval charge applies each time data is read for this service, but there is a cap on the combined data and retrieval charge. You pay only for what you use each month. There are no separate charges for deploying your data in multiple IBM Cloud facilities and the bandwidth consumed for transferring data between these facilities.

Regional resiliency

In the regional resiliency option your data is stored in three or more IBM Cloud facilities within a single geographic region. This helps protect your data from most common component failures and power outages. It also tolerates facility failure with no interruption in data availability. Your data is available through multiple public and private endpoints across three data centers within the region.

Cross-region resiliency

This resiliency option is designed for mission-critical data that requires a high level of data availability to help ensure business continuity during region-wide outages because of natural disasters, human error or power failures. Your data is available through multiple public and private endpoints across three geographic regional data centers.

Figure 2: IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Services include a range of resiliency options and storage classes.

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Pricing

IBM Cloud Object Storage Pricing – US Published (US$)

Pricing Table: Cross Region Resiliency Option
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.030 $0.020 $0.011 $0.014
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.026 $0.018 $0.011 $0.014
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.010 $0.050 $0.029
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

 

Pricing Table: Regional Resiliency Option
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.022 $0.012 $0.006 $0.009
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.020 $0.010 $0.006 $0.009
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.010 $0.050 $0.029
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

Note 1: Vault: 30-day minimum duration, 128KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 2: Cold Vault: 90-day minimum duration, 256KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 3: Flex Cross Region cap set at $0.034/GB (Storage + Reads); Flex Regional cap set at $0.029/GB (Storage + Reads)

Data Transfer Out - Public Out Bound Bandwidth ($ Per GB) for all Public Service Models
0-50TBs $0.09
51-150TB $0.07
151-500TB $0.05
Greater than 500TBs

IBM Cloud Object Storage Pricing – London (US$)

Pricing Table: Cross Region Resiliency Option (London/Frankfurt/Amsterdam)
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.0318 $0.0212 $0.0117 $0.0148
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.0276 $0.0191 $0.0117 $0.0148
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.0100 $0.0500 $0.0290
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

 

Pricing Table: Regional Resiliency Option
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.0235 $0.0128 $0.0064 $0.0096
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.0214 $0.0107 $0.0064 $0.0096
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.0100 $0.0500 $0.0290
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

Note 1: Vault: 30-day minimum duration, 128KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 2: Cold Vault: 90-day minimum duration, 256KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 3: Flex Cross Region cap set at $ 0.0348/GB (Storage + Reads); Flex Regional cap set at $0.0296/GB (Storage + Reads)

Data Transfer Out - Public Out Bound Bandwidth ($ Per GB) for all Public Service Models
0-50TBs $0.09
51-150TB $0.07
151-500TB $0.05
Greater than 500TBs

IBM Cloud Object Storage Pricing – Frankfurt (US$)

Pricing Table: Cross Region Resiliency Option (London/Frankfurt/Amsterdam)
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.0318 $0.0212 $0.0117 $0.0148
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.0276 $0.0191 $0.0117 $0.0148
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.0100 $0.0500 $0.0290
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

 

Pricing Table: Regional Resiliency Option
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.0242 $0.0132 $0.0066 $0.0099
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.0220 $0.0110 $0.0066 $0.0099
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.0100 $0.0500 $0.0290
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

Note 1: Vault: 30-day minimum duration, 128KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 2: Cold Vault: 90-day minimum duration, 256KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 3: Flex Cross Region cap set at $0.0348/GB (Storage + Reads); Flex Regional cap set at $0.0299/GB (Storage + Reads)

Data Transfer Out - Public Out Bound Bandwidth ($ Per GB) for all Public Service Models
0-50TBs $0.09
51-150TB $0.07
151-500TB $0.05
Greater than 500TBs

IBM Cloud Object Storage Pricing – Amsterdam (US$)

Pricing Table: Cross Region Resiliency Option
  IBM Cloud Object Storage Public Service Model
  Standard Vault1 Cold Vault2 Flex3
Storage ($/GB/Month) 0-499.99TB $0.0318 $0.0212 $0.0117 $0.0148
Storage ($/GB/Month) 500TB+ $0.0276 $0.0191 $0.0117 $0.0148
Data Retrieval ($/GB/Month) No Charge $0.0100 $0.0500 $0.0290
Class A Operations: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests ($ per 1,000 Requests) $0.0060 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Class B Operations: GET and all other Requests ($ per 10,000 Requests) $0.0050 $0.0125 $0.0250 $0.0100
Delete Requests No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge

Note 1: Vault: 30-day minimum duration, 128KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 2: Cold Vault: 90-day minimum duration, 256KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.
Note 3: Flex Cross Region cap set at $0.0348/GB (Storage + Reads)

Data Transfer Out - Public Out Bound Bandwidth ($ Per GB) for all Public Service Models
0-50TBs $0.09
51-150TB $0.07
151-500TB $0.05
Greater than 500TBs

Explanation of Pricing components:

Charge Metric Price Description
Storage Capacity $/GB /month $/GB/Month charge for storage used in monthly billing cycle.
Data Retrieval $/GB Retrieved/month When a request to retrieve data from Cloud Object Storage is issued a per GB retrieval is incurred.
Operations:    
Class A: PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST Requests $/ 1,000 Requests PUT, COPY, and POST requests, as well as LIST requests used to list buckets and objects
Class B: GET and all other Requests $/ 10,000 Requests GET (excluding listing), HEAD, and OPTIONS requests
Delete Request No Charge  
Data Transfer Out - Public Out Bound Bandwidth $/GB/month Public Out Bound Bandwidth for transfer out from Cloud Object Storage to internet
Minimum Duration   Objects stored and removed are billed at full terms of service – 30 Days for Vault and 90 Days for Cold Vault.
Min Object Size   Objects are billed at a minimum object size for service – 128K for Vault and 256K for Cold Vault.
Resiliency Option Regional or Cross Region Objects can be deployed in buckets with Regional or Cross Region resiliency. See description below.

 

Resiliency Options
Regional Resiliency Cross Region Resiliency
Provides data storage within a geographic region in multiple IBM data center facilities per region.

Data is accessible via single Regional end point for business continuity and availability.

Offers simplified pricing, with no separate charge for storing data in multiple regional data centers.
Provides data storage across three geographic regions, 1000 + kilometers apart, in one IBM data center facility per region.

Data is accessible via three geographically dispersed Regional end points for business continuity and availability.

Offers simplified pricing, with no separate charge for storing data in three geographically dispersed regional data centers.

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