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What is File Storage?

Deploy and customize flash-backed NFS-based file storage from 25 GB to 12,000 GB capacity with up to 48,000 IOPS. Increase storage capacity or adjust your performance on the fly to quickly adjust to changes in workload demands.

File Storage features

Flexible customization

Choose predefined Endurance tiers with per-GB pricing — ideal for most workloads. Or, fine-tune your environment with allocated IOPS — ideal for workloads with well-defined performance requirements.

Smart and safe management

Stay confident with storage designed to protect against data loss during maintenance or failures with at rest data encryption, volume duplication, and snapshots and replication.

Predictable billing

Lock in your costs without the surprise of hidden fees or additional charges. Ensure lower costs with terabyte increments. For greater flexibility, choose between hourly or monthly billing for long-term or short-term storage needs.

Global footprint

Provision file storage alongside your cloud servers in IBM Cloud data centers around the world.

IOPS provisioning options


Provision with pre-defined, per-gigabyte pricing tiers up to 48k IOPS — ideal for most workloads. Starting at USD 0.05 GB | 0.25/IOP.


Control both capacity and total IOPS per storage volume. Provision in granular increments up to 12 TB and 48k IOPS max. Starting at USD 0.10 GB | USD 0.07/IOP.

Customer successes

Get started with IBM Cloud file storage

Try the best of IBM Cloud file storage — cost-free — for two months.