Organizations continue to explore their data footprint and are looking to find additional opportunities to consolidate their resources and also bring new workloads to their public cloud portfolio.

There is always a strong emphasis on ensuring that the underlying data environment used for hosting workloads across the organization provides best-in-class, enterprise-grade governance capabilities along with efficient data lifecycle management and cost-effectiveness.

Let us briefly take a look at how some of the new IBM Cloud Object Storage capabilities provide our clients with the best-in-class experience around data governance and lifecycle management. 

IBM Cloud Security and Compliance Center with Cloud Object Storage

Governing your cloud resources in a way that adheres to security guidelines and best practices can seem challenging, but it is necessary to ensure the protection of your customer data. This is why IBM Cloud now offers best-in-class enterprise governance with the introduction of IBM Cloud Security and Compliance Center.

With IBM Cloud Security and Compliance Center monitoring and governance rules, cloud customers are now able to ensure their IBM Cloud Object Storage resources (buckets) comply with security best practices and enforce compliance rule checks across the configuration of those resources. As an example, customers can create configuration rules that monitor their Cloud Object Storage service instance to ensure that storage buckets are created in a specific location, with a certain storage class and only allow traffic from trusted network(s). Cloud customers looking for strict controls around storage consumption within their organization can also benefit from enforcing checks around bucket quotas. For a complete listing of Cloud Object Storage configuration rules, refer to the Governing Object Storage resource configuration product page.

Take advantage of the ultimate tools for extending internal governance standards to your cloud applications and learn more about IBM Cloud Object Storage integration with Security and Compliance Center. 

IBM Observability Services

It is critical that clients have the tools and data to understand the pattern of usage of their cloud services. This data is foundational for investigating security incidents or suspicious behavior, forecasting future growth, optimizing costs and performance and illuminating operational efficiencies. All these insights are obtainable through the IBM Observability Services. Clients can see how usage, API request counts and latency are trending over time. Auditing bucket activity is also simplified through a complete audit history of the configuration activity by any user on the bucket. 

For more information about the observability services checkout IBM Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Activity Tracker.

Quota Management

As enterprise workloads shift to cloud to leverage the economics, agility and resourcefulness of cloud, our clients expect higher cost efficiency through visibility, control and management of cloud services. IBM Cloud Object Storage now offers Quota Management to allow our clients to manage their storage consumption and, ultimately, their storage costs by enforcing a usage limit on the bucket. By setting a quota on the bucket, the client can enforce a hard usage limit. Once that hard limit is reached, no additional data can be added to that bucket. Additionally, users can configure an alert to be notified of their bucket usage (as a percentage) relative to the quota set on the bucket. 

Find out more on how to use quotas with IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Learn more

To learn more about IBM Public Cloud Object Storage features and how your organization can benefit from the underlying capabilities please visit our product page

For more information on object storage technology, see “What is Object Storage?

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