Consolidate data from edge to cloud with object storage

IBM Cloud Object Storage provides an industry-leading software-defined hyperscale and cost effective storage solution for data on the edge, the core data center or the private or public cloud. Our solution is used by customers across the globe for modernizing their infrastructure for AI, analytics, IoT, video and image repositories and cloud storage for service providers and secondary storage for the enterprise. With recent enhancements customers can lower storage costs up to 12%, using new 18 TB SMR drives and increase throughput up to 55 GB/s for a 12 node cluster. Customers can protect their data with our local or geo-dispersed data protection that can be customized for demanding data lakes and large capacity requirements. A new file access software gateway can now easily attach to any Windows or Linux file system using SMB or NFS access.

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Scale performance and capacity from terabytes to exabytes.


Built in encryption and policy enabled lockable WORM storage.


Access data concurrently from any location. Provides automatic failover, data rebuild, auto expansion and rebalancing.

Savings efficiencies

Delivers geo-protected data with Information Dispersal Algorithm (IDA) efficiency; available as software only or fully supported appliance solutions.

Search capabilities

Offers custom insight and search to save time. Create custom metadata to enhance value.

Enhanced file access

Easily connect file based applications to object storage.

Key features of IBM Cloud Object Storage

New efficiencies that lowers cost; increases performance

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Customers can lower storage costs up to 12%, using new 18 TB SMR drives and increase throughput up to 55 GB/s for a 12 node cluster, with up to 300% better performance for reads and up to 150% for writes.

Leverage IBM Spectrum Discover for AI workflow

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With new integrated connections to IBM Spectrum Discover metadata is automatically populated from IBM Cloud Object Storage into "Actionable Data" and massive amounts of data is easily searchable. One can search billions of objects in seconds using multiple search criteria. Data can also be tagged for future analysis and AI workflows.

Store objects and files at significantly lower cost

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The dsNet® software within Cloud Object Storage uses patented information dispersal algorithms (IDA) to store unstructured objects at petabyte scale and beyond, at significantly lower cost than traditional storage systems. This is possible because the dsNet IDA uses erasure coding rather than replication to meet data storage reliability and availability requirements.

Reduce the complexity of managing large-scale storage

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IBM provides an object storage solution that enables massive scalability while lowering TCO and reducing the complexity of managing petabyte or even exabyte-scale storage. This solution delivers lower costs when initially deployed while offering the scalability necessary to ensure that an organization experiencing rapid growth in unstructured data will not outgrow the capacity of the storage infrastructure.

IBM Cloud Object Storage brings data from edge devices with a virtual machine that provides a SMB or NFS interface to object storage.

A leader in object storage for 5 years

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Learn why for five years in a row, IBM was named a leader in 2020 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.

Built-in industry compliance for safe data protection

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WORM functionality allows data to be tamper proof. Customers can easily create a storage vault with a retention policy and lock down objects simply by putting them in the vault. The system supports strict SEC17a-4f requirements using standard S3 interface for access and uploads.

Flexible local or geo-dispersed data protection

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The information dispersal technology requires only a single copy of information to be stored to support up to 8 nines availability and continuous access to your data.

Engineered for massive scalability

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Get started with as little as 75 TB and grow to exabytes with investment protection. Cloud Object Storage is designed to scale easily by simply adding storage nodes for capacity or accessor nodes for throughput.

Easy to use software and flexible configurations

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Leverage your hardware and management tools with IBM software to lower your costs and simplify your environment with the massive scale and efficiency of IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Autodelete with policy enabled object expiration

With new data life-cycle management, a simple policy can be set to automatically delete an object or objects from a bucket.

How customers use IBM Cloud Object Storage

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Herman IT

Helping companies thrive with modern, innovative data backup and archival.

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Nightingale Health

Addressing the global chronic disease crisis to enable everyone to live healthier lives.

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The Bunker

Digs deep to secure client data with military-grade deep archive.