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IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care options for Cloud services

IBM Enterprise Support and Preferred Care options for IBM Cloud services

IBM Cloud services include Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models.

Whether you are deploying virtual servers using infrastructure services, starting your data integration project using platform services, or preparing to build cognitive apps using IBM Watson services, your IBM Cloud services are backed by an integrated support process.

We provide multiple support options for you across all IBM Cloud services models. Find our comprehensive coverage below for IBM Cloud services subscriptions or pay-as-you-go accounts. For IBM Cloud SaaS apps, click here.

Enterprise Support

Enterprise Support options Client need Features Case Severity Response Goal † * Fee
Basic Support
Basic business protection, non-critical care
  • IBM Support Community
  • Embedded Watson features
  • 24x7 support access
N/A Included with IBM Cloud services subscriptions or pay-as-you-go accounts
 

Advanced Support

Strong business protection, for production workloads
  • IBM Support Community
  • Embedded Watson features
  • 24x7 support response
  • Case severity assignment
  • Severity 1: 1 hour (24x7)
  • Severity 2: 2 business hours
  • Severity 3: 4 business hours
  • Severity 4: 8 business hours
 
Starting at $200 per month

Preferred Care

Preferred Care options Client need Features Case Severity Response Goal † * Fee
Premium Support
 
Ultimate proactive business protection, for mission critical workloads
  • IBM Support Community
  • Embedded Watson features
  • 24x7 mission-critical response
  • Case severity assignment
  • Access to experts
  • Assigned account manager
  • Quarterly business reviews
  • Severity 1: 15 minutes (24x7)
  • Severity 2: 1 business hour
  • Severity 3: 2 business hours
  • Severity 4: 4 business hours
Starting at $10,000 per month

Review the Severity Descriptions guidelines for business impact associated to each severity level. Response Goals are intended to describe IBM's goals only, and do not represent a guarantee of performance.

Client Success

Some IBM Cloud services implementations may also introduce a Client Success Manager (CSM) to help you adopt, nurture, and grow your investment. They will work closely with your support professionals (and account managers with select Preferred Care offerings) to help clear hurdles for the success of your Cloud services.

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Additional references:

  • If you are a client in the United States looking for tighter security with your support interactions, review our US Secure Support page.
  • If you require a support solution across multiple vendors, review our Multivendor Support page.
  • If you are a developer looking for help to code your applications, see IBM Support for Developers for available options.