Manage data growth with flexible, scalable object storage

IDC projects that the total amount of data will grow to 44 zettabytes by 2020, and 80 percent of that will be unstructured content. To respond effectively, you face critical data storage decisions. Your content is diverse – requiring storage flexibility across private, dedicated and public cloud. And the diverse ways you use your data is just as important to consider as how you store it.

IBM Cloud Object Storage turns your storage challenges into business advantages. These solutions help reduce storage costs while reliably supporting both traditional and emerging born-on-the-cloud workloads for enterprise mobile, social, analytics and cognitive computing.


Adopt hybrid cloud object storage that adapts to your workload needs

Flexible

Select from block, file and object storage as well as deployment options, including on-premises, cloud and managed by IBM.

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Scalable

Achieve massive scalability for any volume of data or any business need, either on premises or in the IBM Cloud data centers worldwide.

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Simple

Enhance efficiency and reduce costs by using an intuitive, single pane of glass for storage management.

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Enhance agility

Implement powerful object storage that lets you move your workload data as your business needs change.

How does it work?

Enhance flexibility

Workloads, applications and data are defined by diversity — diversity in performance, compliance, proximity to compute resources, CAPEX vs. OPEX and more. That is why a one-size fits-all approach is sub optimal. With IBM Cloud Object Storage, choose from private on-premises, dedicated, public — or any combination of the three — to match your unique requirements.

Private on-premises
Deploy IBM Cloud Object Storage in your private on-premises cloud for maximum control, reliability and performance. IBM Cloud Object Storage software runs on industry-standard hardware for flexibility. It also helps simplify management while enabling you to use your established processes.

Dedicated
Do you need isolation in the cloud? Select a single-tenant system that uses dedicated bare metal servers in the IBM Cloud to optimize control, reliability and performance. Customize by selecting the IBM data centers that meet your needs. Manage the system on your own, or let IBM experts do it for you.

Public
Choose a public cloud deployment to prepare for unpredictable data growth. The IBM Cloud offers multiple classes of object storage in a shared multi-tenant infrastructure. Pay for only what you use.

Hybrid
Expand the object storage system in your data center through integration with the worldwide network of IBM Cloud data centers. Customize the cloud environment to meet your precise requirements. Pay by the month — no fixed or CAPEX costs are required at any point.

The need for hybrid cloud object storage

Manage exponential data growth to your business advantage.

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Additional resources

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A solutions approach to web-scale storage
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Case studies: Companies with fast data growth rely on IBM Cloud Object Storage

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University of Chicago: Accelerating cancer research
The University of Chicago built a cancer genomic research repository that’s expected to scale to exabytes of data.

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Hogarth: Facilitating global collaboration
Marketing implementation agency Hogarth implemented a fast, cost-effective and distributed storage environment to support the tremendous archival storage demands of its global video production studio network.

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KDDI: Achieving carrier-grade reliability
Japanese telecommunications firm KDDI implemented web-scale storage to securely and efficiently store 20 PB of consumer images, videos and media for its 13 million subscribers.

What analysts are saying about object storage

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Gartner:
Critical Capabilities for Object Storage Report 2016

Learn what object storage can do for your business. In this report, IBM is rated an overall leader.

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IDC MarketScape:
Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment

Discover why IBM remains a leader in object-based storage for the third consecutive year.

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IDC Market Spotlight:
Adoption of Object-Based Storage for Hyperscale Deployments Continues

Examine the considerations around choosing an object-based storage solution that helps solve the problems of scale, management and costs.

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Gartner:
Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage

Delivering scalable storage for file, objects and big data analytics: see why Gartner recognizes IBM as a leader in this space.

See how data-driven industries solve their biggest storage challenges

Media and entertainment

From 4K resolutions to on-demand services, media and entertainment companies can reliably produce, deliver and store content with less cost.

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Service providers

Cost-efficiently store, analyze and access data at scale to deliver competitive enterprise and consumer offerings with confidence.

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Financial services

Adopt flexible, scalable and secure storage solutions that help eliminate data vulnerability at scale — and meet strict compliance regulations.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Implement secure, always-accessible data repositories to focus on what really matters: saving lives.

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Government

Efficiently store, manage and access sensitive mission-critical data at scale — securely and without compromise.

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Oil and gas

Enable exploration and discovery teams to handle data effectively so they can uncover key insights and make smarter decisions.

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Make object storage part of the solution

IBM can help your company securely and cost-efficiently manage exponential growth of unstructured content.

  • Content repository
    Entrust business-critical data to a reliable, scalable storage platform.
  • Enterprise collaboration and innovation
    Fuel workplace productivity and innovation. Build and deploy engaging web and mobile applications using secure, distributed content accessed through standard APIs.
  • Storage as a service
    Deliver new levels of storage capacity and availability with carrier-grade data security to your user base.
  • Backup
    Achieve easy, scalable backup and always-on data availability for dependable recovery and security at 70 percent lower infrastructure cost.1
  • Active archive
    Keep content accessible with a scalable, reliable and secure long-term data archive.

Build compelling applications with the IBM Cloud Object Storage service

Developers: Cloud object storage as a service

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