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

Cross Region

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

Regional

Regional

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

Regional for OpenStack Swift API

Single Data Center

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

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)


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.

IBM Cloud Object Storage Cross Region, Regional and Single Data Center

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

Cross Region: Your data is stored across three regions within a particular geography.

Regional: Your data is stored in multiple data center facilities within a single geographic region.

Single Data Center: Your data is stored across multiple devices within a single data center.

Select region from the dropdown menu below to view pricing.

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 TB $0.07 $0.07 $0.07 $0.07
Next 350 TB $0.05 $0.05 $0.05 $0.05
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Aspera high-speed transfer ingress
Included Included Included Included
Aspera high-speed transfer egress (GB/month)
0-50TB $0.08 $0.08 $0.08 $0.08
Next 100 TBs $0.06 $0.06 $0.06 $0.06
Next 350 TBs $0.04 $0.04 $0.04 $0.04
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Operational requests
Class A: PUT, COPY, POST and 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 requests No charge No charge No charge No charge
Data retrieval (GB/month) No charge $0.01 $0.05 $0.029
Flex charge model for combined (storage capacity and data retrieval) is calculated using the lowest value of (A) storage capacity charge + data retrieval charge, or (B) capacity x 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 requests No charge  
Data transfer out – public outbound bandwidth $/GB/month Public outbound 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.
Minimum object size   Objects are billed at a minimum object size for service: 128 KB for Vault and 256 KB 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 and 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)]
(B) = [(Capacity usage x Flex cap price)]

Pricing examples showing monthly charges for a sample workload

 
Workload 1
Workload 1 parameter 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 [5 TB 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 x $.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 [5 TB 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 the capacity usage charge.
  2. Cold Vault deployment has a 90-day minimum duration, and a 256-KB minimum object size applies as part of the capacity usage charge.
  3. All pricing shown in US dollars.
  4. Archive minimum duration charge of 180 days.