Pricing is based on location, storage class, and resiliency choice. The Flex class offers a price cap for unpredictable workloads.

Resiliency choices

Cross Region

Cross Region

Your data is stored in three or more IBM Cloud geographic regions for business continuity and high availability with support for S3-compatible APIs.

Regional

Regional

Your data is stored in multiple data center facilities within a single geographic region for high availability with support for S3-compatible APIs.

Storage-class choices

Standard

Standard

Active data accessed multiple times per month

Vault

Vault

Less active data accessed once a month or less

Cold Vault

Cold Vault

Rarely accessed data and long term data retention

Flex

Flex

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

Pricing plans

Lite plan (Free)


One service instance
Storage up to 25 GB/month
Up to 20,000 GET requests/month
Up to 2,00 PUT requests/month
Up to 10 GB/month data retrieval
Up to 5GB public outbound

Applies to aggregate total across all storage bucket classes

Standard plan


Unlimited service instances
Unlimited storage
Pay-as-you-go payment plan

The Lite and Standard service plans for Cloud Object Storage includes cross regional and regional resiliency, flexible data classes, and built-in security.

IBM Cloud Object Storage cross region and regional

Cross region: Your data is stored in three or more IBM Cloud geographic regions for high business continuity and availability with support for S3-compatible APIs.

Regional: Your data is stored in multiple data center facilities within a single geographic region for high availability with support for S3-compatible APIs.

Cross Region Standard Cross Region Vault1 Cross Region Cold Vault2 Cross Region Flex
Storage capacity (GB/month)3
0-499.99 TB $0.03 $0.02 $0.011 $0.014
500 TB + $0.026 $0.018 $0.011 $0.014
Public outbound bandwidth (GB/month)
0-50 TB $0.09 $0.09 $0.09 $0.09
Next 100 TBs $0.07 $0.07 $0.07 $0.07
Next 350 TBs $0.05 $0.05 $0.05 $0.05
Greater than 500 TBs Contact Us Contact Us Contact Us Contact Us
Operational requests
Class A: PUT, COPY, POST, LIST (per 1,000) $0.006 $0.0125 $0.025 $0.01
Class B: GET and all others (per 10,000) $0.005 $0.0125 $0.025 $0.01
Delete No charge No charge No charge No charge
Data retrieval (GB/month) No charge $0.01 $0.05 $0.029
Flex charge for combined (Storage Capacity and Data Retrieval) is calculated using the lower of (A) (Storage capacity charge + data retrieval charge) OR (B) Flex cap charge
Flex cap (GB/month) n/a n/a n/a $0.034

Explanation of pricing components:

 
Metric Unit 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 IBM 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.
Flex cap** $/GB/month Maximum combined capacity and retrieval charge for Flex storage used in monthly billing cycle. (See examples below.)
* Data Retrieval applies to Vault, Cold Vault, Flex storage classes.
**Combined Storage Capacity and Data Retrieval charge for Flex is calculated using the following formula:
Lower of (A) or (B) where
(A) = [(Capacity usage x Capacity price) + (Retrieval usage x Retrieval price)] and
(B) = [(Capacity usage x Flex cap price)]

Pricing examples showing monthly charges for a sample workload:

 
Workload-1
Workload-1 Parameters Month-1 Month-2
Total Capacity (TB) 5 TB 5 TB
Average Object Size (MB) 5 MB 5 MB
Data Update (No. of PUT calls) 0.55 Million 0.55 Million
Data Read (No. of GET calls) 1.5 Million 0.05 Million
Monthly charges for Workload-1 for US Geo Cross Region Standard: Month-1 US Cross Region Standard Month-2 US Cross Region Standard
Capacity Charge [5TB x $0.03/GB/month] $150.00 $150.00
Data Retrieval Charge [No Charge for Standard] None None
Class A [PUT] API Charges [No. of PUTs x $.006/1000 requests] $3.30 $3.30
Class B [GET] API Charges [No. of GETs $.005/10,000 requests] $0.75 $0.03
 
Monthly Charges (Without Internet Bandwidth Charges) $154.05 $153.33
Public Outbound BW Charge [No. of GETs x 5 MB x $.09/GB] $675.00 $22.50
 
Monthly Charges (With Internet Bandwidth Charges) $829.05 $175.83
Monthly charges for Workload-1 for US Geo Cross Region Flex: Month-1 US Cross Region Flex Month-2 US Cross Region Flex
Capacity Charge [5TB x $0.014/GB/month] $70.00 $70.00
Data Retrieval Charge [No. of GETs x 5 MB x $.029/GB] $217.50 $7.25
Capacity + Data Retrieval Charge (A) $287.50 $77.25
Flex Cap Charge [Total Capacity x $0.034/GB] (B) $170.00 $170.00
 
Flex Capacity and Retrieval Charge [Minimum of (A) or (B)] $170.00 $77.25
Class A [PUT] API Charges [No. of PUTs x $.006/1000 requests] $3.30 $3.30
Class B [GET] API Charges [No. of GETs $.005/10,000 requests] $0.75 $0.03
 
Monthly Charges (Without Internet Bandwidth Charges) $174.05 $80.58
Public Outbound BW Charge [No. of GETs x 5 MB x $.09/GB] $675.00 $22.50
 
Monthly Charges (With Internet Bandwidth Charges) $849.05 $103.08
Legal Disclaimers
  1. Vault deployment has a 30-day minimum duration, and a 128 KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge. Objects stored and removed are billed at full terms of service. Objects are billed at a minimum object size for service.
  2. Cold vault deployment has a 90-day minimum duration, and a 256 KB minimum object size applies as part of capacity usage charge.Objects stored and removed are billed at full terms of service. Objects are billed at a minimum object size for service.
  3. All pricing shown in US dollars.