March 20, 2017
IBM on Monday announced a change to its pricing for cloud object storage and a new cold storage service. The new service, IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex is a pay-as-you-grow offering that according to IBM claims provides lower pricing by 53% compared to AWS S3 IA and 75% compared to Azure GRS Cool Tier.
In addition, IBM announced the IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault service, which gives customers access to cold storage on the IBM Cloud. Cold Vault complements the existing Standard and Vault tiers.
Finally, NetApp and IBM are partnering to let NetApp customers use the IBM Cloud. NetApp’s AltaVault backup solutions will now be able to send backups to IBM Cloud Object Storage on IBM Cloud.
IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault is available in IBM Bluemix. IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex is expected to be available in Bluemix in the second quarter of this year.
Why Should You Care: Now users can get a new pay-as-you-grow pricing model for their archival data with additional analytics features and take advantage of an expanded NetApp partnership for additional offerings.