Enabling the data-driven business

With object storage, data is accessed using a unique identifier and a flat data structure that enables massively scalable storage. With software-defined storage, vast content repositories can be built and accessed via HTTP or an API for quick retrieval. Object storage is perfect for many scale-out use cases including:

• On-premise, large-scale content repository, backup, active archives and unstructured data stores.
• Storage-as-a-service in dedicated private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud, implementations.
• Hybrid cloud deployments, to make it easier to scale, respond and right-size data deployments.

IBM offers you a choice of industry-leading object storage solutions.

Market leadership in web-scale storage

Advanced technology

IDC positions IBM Cloud Object Storage as the market leader. Using distributed data and advanced erasure code algorithms, this platform eliminates the challenges of storage at petabyte scale and beyond with advanced encryption capabilities.


IBM Cloud Object Storage delivers the scalability, security, availability, efficiency and data economics that makes object storage a clear choice for petabyte-scale data.

Superior economics

A software-defined storage solution, IBM Cloud Object Storage has demonstrated 80% lower TCO and 50% less space compared to traditional RAID-based storage, with the ease of management to support 100+ petabyte installations.

Unified file and object storage

Delivers extreme scalability

IBM Spectrum Scale is an enterprise-class solution that provides high-performance, native access to objects and files simultaneously. With full object support and integrated tiering, Spectrum Scale enables you to add low cost, easy-to-use, scale-out object storage without additional storage silos and unnecessary data translation from file to object.

Supports leading protocols

IBM Spectrum Scale provides full native (with metadata) object storage support for OpenStack Swift and Amazon Simple Storage Service [S3]. This gives architects building public, private and hybrid clouds access to the features of industry-leading enterprise scale-out software-defined storage. No gateways are required.

Simplifies data management

IBM Spectrum Scale consolidates File and Object under a single shared storage infrastructure, making it an ideal platform to perform common storage management tasks, such as automated storage tiering and user transparent data migration. By creating a flat namespace and eliminating the need to organize data in a hierarchical namespace, Spectrum Scale further simplifies data management.

Learn more about object storage

File & Object Storage for Dummies

This book examines data storage and management challenges and describes an innovative solution for high-performance, cost-effective file and object storage.

Storage Switzerland: New Use Cases for Object Storage

George Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland, introduces the core concepts and use cases for object based storage.

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Nuance efficiently manages massive data growth and integrates both file and object storage technologies.

From Archive to Insight: Debunking Myths of Analytics on Object Stores

This OpenStack Summit talk presents an architecture for running an analytics tool such as Hadoop natively on a Swift object store, without performance loss or requiring any data movement.