Build faster. Securely. Anywhere.

Deploy and run apps consistently across on-premises, edge computing and public cloud environments from any cloud vendor.

Consume a common set of cloud services including toolchains, databases and AI in any location. The IBM Cloud Satellite-managed distributed cloud solution delivers cloud services, APIs, access policies, security controls and compliance.

How it’s used

Improve customer service

See how UMC Mainz manages regulated workloads

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Consume public cloud services in your data center

Bring the flexibility and agility of public cloud services to your secure on-premises data center. Build new apps quickly, while maintaining strong regulatory controls.

Reduce latency

Get real-time analytics at the edge

Process data where it's generated to reduce latency for immediate action. Expand to new locations instantly and manage it all from a single console.

Modernize apps

Learn about use cases for 5G telecommunications

Learn about use cases for 5G telecommunications (04:37)

Leverage an open architecture

Run workloads consistently across the globe through highly distributed 5G deployments. Know which applications are running, where they run and when they run. Improve auditability.

Get faster insights

Bring AI to your data

Use a consistent set of data and AI services across all your environments. Bring analytics tools to your data to reduce latency, limit data egress charges and meet residency requirements.


Why IBM Cloud Satellite

Accelerate innovation with simplified “Day 2” operations across cloud and on premises

Give your teams the time they need to focus on what’s important. IBM provides managed services, eliminating the need to overburden DevOps and SRE resources internally.

Featured services

IBM Cloud Databases

With IBM Cloud Satellite, you can bring databases-as-a-service to where applications live.

IBM Cloud Pak® for Data-as-a-Service

Analyze data where it resides. Reduce latency and egress charges and meet sovereignty standards.

Red Hat® OpenShift® on IBM Cloud

Use IBM Cloud Satellite to run apps on a common container platform across all environments.


IBM Cloud Satellite, examined

Explore IBM Cloud Satellite through videos, podcasts, tutorials and more.

Security and control anywhere

IBM Cloud Satellite now extends benchmark, financial services-level controls into any environment, providing a reliable set of security, compliance and risk management controls.

Why IBM Cloud Satellite was created

SiliconANGLE's Lisa Martin interviews Jason McGee, VP and CTO for IBM Cloud and Briana Frank, Director of Product Management for IBM Cloud, to learn how IBM Cloud Satellite was built based on real customer feedback.

Privacy: An essential component of healthcare

Security and agility come together for Germany’s University of Mainz Medical Center, thanks to four applications it developed (with IBM) to simplify operations during the COVID pandemic.


IBM Cloud Satellite explained

How does IBM Cloud Satellite work?

With IBM Cloud Satellite, you can use a single API to create an IBM Cloud Satellite location and then add host machines from any cloud, from your on-premises data center, or from the edge. You can then consume IBM Cloud services anywhere you need them. You can consistently deploy, manage and control your workloads across these environments.

What are the benefits of using IBM Cloud Satellite?

You can run your workloads in the location of your choice to better meet legal requirements, compliance standards, data speeds and network latency requirements. You can do this while you use security-rich IBM Cloud services to modernize applications and increase development velocity.

How do I manage my applications across environments?

IBM Cloud Satellite Config provides a global view of your applications and provides control over configuration and application development. Through a single dashboard, you can manage the deployment of Kubernetes resources across the cloud, on premises and in edge environments, in order to gain global visibility into your apps and operations.

How can I manage my network traffic?

You can control and audit the network traffic and communication flow between your locations with a built-in IBM Cloud Satellite Link. You can also use IBM Cloud monitoring and logging services to consolidate your logs, metrics and alerts.

How do I access IBM Cloud services?

Every IBM Cloud Satellite location is connected to IBM Cloud through an encrypted TLS tunnel called Satellite Link. You can access the link in a security-rich manner with IBM Cloud services in your IBM Cloud Satellite location. You can use IBM Cloud services with the same security and compliance processes as in IBM Cloud.

What IBM Cloud services are available via IBM Cloud Satellite?

Many IBM Cloud services are available through IBM Cloud Satellite, and many more are on the way. Expect financial services controls, which will provide a compliance layer that many industries will be able to access. Currently, the following services can be deployed on an IBM Cloud Satellite location: IBM Cloud Pak® solutions, IBM Cloud® Databases, IBM® Edge Application Manager, software and middleware from the IBM Cloud Catalog, and software from the Red Hat® Marketplace.

Does IBM provide consultative services related to IBM Cloud Satellite?

Customers can book a consultation with the IBM Cloud Garage® for digital transformation services. And customers can tap into IBM® Global Business Services® for professional services or can tap into the IBM Business Partner® Ecosystem for infrastructure and build services.

Do I need to purchase hardware in order to run IBM Cloud Satellite?

No, you do not need to purchase hardware, but you do need to have the infrastructure to support your IBM Cloud Satellite location. Your infrastructure environment can be an on-premises data center, with another cloud provider, or on compatible edge devices anywhere. For on-premises environments, we support bare metal x86 servers, as well as virtualization technologies like VMWare. In addition, IBM’s Fusion HCI is a hyper-converged, turn-key enterprise-grade solution for having a Satellite Location “in a box.”

You can refer to our partner page for additional infrastructure partners.