IBM Cloud takes the win on big data

in third-party test by Principled Technologies

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minutes saved when clustering

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more clustering throughput

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shorter data transfers

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Each cloud has its limit. Our limit is a little bit further than others.


IBM Cloud

  • 11M+ bare metal configurations

  • Customizable RAM and SSDs on bare metal

  • On-demand provisioning for all servers

  • VMware and SAP integration

  • NVIDIA GPU options for bare metal and virtual servers
  • Management and monitoring included

  • Direct and cost-free tech support

The competition*

  • Limited bare metal configurations

  • No customizable bare metal

  • Restricted F2F provisioning only

  • Limited software integration

  • NVIDIA GPUs on virtual servers only

  • Limited availability of cost-free management and monitoring

  • Tiered and charged tech support

Build on bare metal

Customize configurations in hourly and monthly options to meet any workload need.


IBM Cloud

  • 48k max IOPS for block

  • Lower cost block and file for high I/O workloads

  • Open snapshots and replication

  • Flex deployment for unstructured data

  • Highest capacity per-dollar portable storage device

The competition

  • 32k max IOPS for block

  • Higher cost block and file for high I/O workloads

  • Snapshots and replication for object storage only

  • No flex deployment for unstructured data

  • Lower capacity per-dollar portable storage devices

Save on storage

Extend or replace your storage infrastructure with IBM Cloud Storage solutions.

Network, data transfer and bandwidth costs

IBM Cloud

  • Integrated global private network

  • Uninterrupted server communication

  • Fastest DNS and CDN with CloudFlare services

  • Unlimited private network bandwidth for all servers

  • Unlimited inbound public bandwidth on all cloud servers

  • 250-GB-per-month outbound public bandwidth for monthly virtual servers

  • 500-GB-per-month outbound public bandwidth for monthly bare metal servers

The competition

  • Limited internal networking

  • Restricted to select regions

  • Limited integration with leading network partners

  • Transfer fees between servers

  • Per GB charges across all bandwidth used per month

Save on network services

Six performance and security services, one simple plan, backed by CloudFlare AnyCast, cost-free early access

Your data. Where you need it.

Each IBM Cloud data center around the globe is built on IBM’s 2.6k+ Gbps global network backbone. And now, with the addition of CloudFlare, IBM Cloud delivers extremely fast DNS, DDoS protection, WAF and GLB capabilities worldwide, otherwise provided by several third-party vendors.

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