IBM Cloud Object Storage

Industry leading software-defined object storage designed for storing massive amounts of data securely and with unmatched efficiency

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What can IBM Cloud Storage do for you?

IBM® Cloud Object Storage is a breakthrough platform that helps solve unstructured data challenges for companies worldwide. It is designed to provide scalability, availability, security, manageability, flexibility and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Ultra-secure with built-in compliance features, Cloud Object Storage is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the securities industry for preserving records in non-rewriteable and non-erasable format, applying retention policies and legal holds. It can be deployed in multiple configurations and is compatible with a wide range of servers.


Scalability with virtually no limits

Offers 72 TB to greater than an exabyte, and easy to scale capability or performance.

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Secure to the core

Provides encrypted data with IBM keys or yours, plus FIPS 140-2 certified and secure write-once read many (WORM) policy options.

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Simplicity that lets you rest easy

Access data concurrently from any location—always online, virtually management free.

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Efficiency to drive down cost

Delivers geo-protected data with Information Dispersal Algorithm (IDA) efficiency; available as software only or fully supported solutions.

Key features of IBM Cloud Object Storage

Integrated metadata search with IBM Spectrum Discover

With new integrated connections to IBM Spectrum Discover metadata is automatically populated from IBM Cloud Object Storage into "Actionable Data" and massive amounts of data is easily searchable with capabilities to search billions of objects in second.

Cost-effective geo-dispersed data protection

The information dispersal technology requires only a single copy of information to be stored to support up to 8 nines availability and continuous access to your data.

Optimised for unstructured data and archival storage

IBM Cloud Object Storage offers a comprehensive and cost-effective object storage solution to address growing unstructured data storage challenges across a wide range of use cases including analytics, archiving, backup, cloud storage and content distribution.

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Certified designs for easy configuration

Leverage your hardware and management tools with IBM software to lower your costs and simplify your environment with the massive scale and efficiency of Cloud Object Storage.

Save up to 70 percent versus traditional storage

With Cloud Object Storage customers have seen a 210 percent ROI and saved up to 70 percent on the cost of their traditional storage systems.

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Store unstructured objects at significantly lower cost

The dsNet® software within Cloud Object Storage uses patented information dispersal algorithms (IDA) to store unstructured objects at petabyte scale and beyond, at significantly lower cost than traditional storage systems. This is possible because the dsNet IDA uses erasure coding rather than replication to meet data storage reliability and availability requirements.

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The value of Concentrated Dispersal (CD) mode

Cloud Object Storage is designed to scale easily by simply adding storage nodes for capacity or accessor nodes for throughput.

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Built-in compliance

WORM functionality allows data to be tamper proof. Customers can easily create a storage vault with a retention policy and lock down objects simply by putting them in the vault.

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High marks from a leading industry analyst

Cloud Object Storage has been ranked number one by Gartner for all Object Storage use cases and has over 70 certified solutions to modernise your IT infrastructure and bring new value to your business.


Use Cases


Backup and recovery

Cloud Object Storage offers a scalable, secure destination for backing up your critical data. It reduces the cost of backups while still retaining immediate access.

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Data archiving

Consolidate archive data and store in IBM Cloud Object Storage, where it is affordable, permanently available, and protected.

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Cloud-native application data

Build integrated apps using compute runtimes and micro services and Cloud Object Storage services for data storage. SDKs support API functions.

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Compare Versions and Pricing 

IBM Cloud Object Storage offers worldwide locations for your data storage needs.

IBM Cloud Object Storage service provides three resiliency options for geographic coverage.

Resiliency Choices


Cross Region

Your data is stored across three regions within a geography for regional concurrent access and highest availability.



Your data is stored in multiple data center facilities within a single geographic region for high availability.

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Single Data Centre

Your data is stored across multiple devices in a single data center for data locality and local access.

Storage-class choices



Active data accessed multiple times per month



Less active data accessed once a month or less

Cold Vault

Cold Vault

Rarely accessed data and long-term data retention




Dynamic data with varying month-to-month access needs, ideal for a mix of hot and cold workloads

Pricing plans

Lite plan (Free)


Single IBM Cloud service instance
Storage up to 25 GB/month
Up to 2,000 PUT requests/month
Up to 20,000 GET requests/month
Up to 10 GB/month data retrieval
Up to 5GB public outbound b/w
Aspera high-speed transfer included
Applies to aggregate total across all storage bucket classes

Standard plan


Unlimited IBM Cloud service instances
Storage GB/month 
Class A: PUT, COPY, POST and LIST 
Class B: GET and all others
Retrieval (if applicable)
Public outbound bandwidth 
Aspera high-speed transfer included at no charge for ingress,
high-speed transfer outbound egress charges apply 


The Lite and Standard service plans for Cloud Object Storage include resiliency options, flexible data classes and built-in security. Select locations in the pull down menu below to view Archive and Aspera high-speed transfer availability and pricing.

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We Deliver Successful and Secure Digital Transformations

Successful digital transformation requires organisations to build innovative, highly automated, secure digital platforms and data solutions that address business use cases and deliver the foundation for all applications and integrations.

We offer formal capability practices that cover:

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Our focus is on the creation of an overall architectural view of the organisation and the mitigation of cyber security risks using Enterprise Security Architecture frameworks.


We design Digitally Secure Platforms that enable transformation, agility, flexibility and rapid delivery from the physical to the virtual, from data centre to hybrid cloud.

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Our Automation allows us to design-in the needed speed, control, and security to automatically deliver and operate your business infrastructure securely across any type of environment.

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Our Data capability is focused on bridging the gap between traditional database, storage, backup and recovery solutions with the new data paradigms of data virtualisation, data lakes and data analytics.

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