IBM Cloud File Storage

IBM Cloud File Storage

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What is IBM Cloud File Storage?

IBM Cloud provides a File Storage service allows the user to deploy and customize flash-backed NFS-based file storage from 25 GB to 12,000 GB capacity with up to 48,000 IOPS.

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What is Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)?

The Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) provides a simple, scalable, elastic file system for Linux-based workloads for use with AWS Cloud services and on-premises resources.

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What is IBM Cloud File Storage?

Deploy and customize flash-backed NFS-based file storage from 25 GB to 12,000 GB capacity with up to 48,000 IOPS. Increase storage capacity or adjust performance on the fly to adjust to changes in workload demands.

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What is IBM Cloud File Storage?

IBM Cloud provides a File Storage service allows the user to deploy and customize flash-backed NFS-based file storage from 25 GB to 12,000 GB capacity with up to 48,000 IOPS.

What are IBM Cloud File Storage's top competitors?

Google Cloud Storage are common alternatives for IBM Cloud File Storage.

What is IBM Cloud File Storage's best feature?

Reviewers rate Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime and Security controls highest, with a score of 9.3.

Who uses IBM Cloud File Storage?

The most common users of IBM Cloud File Storage are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Jessica Hull | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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[IBM Cloud File Storage] is the best trusted data storage platform efficient in managing all our information on our cloud servers. It has addressed data safety challenges that lead to huge losses when it enters in an organization. It provides large and effective cloud servers that cares for our workloads with great backup system. It transfers files from our servers to various departments across our company at a reliable speed under secure networking environment.
  • Availing large storage disks for our workloads.
  • Data protection from various sources.
  • I have not been faced by any data storage challenge[s].
  • All the features function according to designed tasks.
Since I started working with IBM Cloud File Storage I have been able to monitor our data networking channels efficiently. This product ensures that there is reliable and affordable cost[s] for all data storage servers. During maintenance and customization processes, no data is lost from our storage disks since there is always standby backup platform that is reliable. This tool is suitable to all levels of data breakdown and easily allocates IOPS for all workloads.
Tiffany Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use this fantastic product to store data and files in cloud servers. It has enhanced effective cloud services that are very reliable in the entire organization. We have managed to customize this platform to offer multiple storage disks for storing different workloads. It is easy to access data from this platform and transfer files at a faster speed.
  • Connecting our organization to cloud services
  • Securing data with high security features
I have trusted the performance of this platform since I started working with it in our organization. The deployment and integration with our applications is reliable. It has always been stable in linking us with the cloud servers and storing our data under a secure environment. It has powerful security features that enable the user to install passwords on storage disks to avoid unauthorized access.
Sahed Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Storage of our files in cloud servers and security of our data has been made better by IBM Cloud File Storage. The products provide large storage volumes that easily enhance better storage systems of our documents. It monitors the transfer of files from our cloud servers to and from our servers and ensures that it follows the right network protocols.
  • Provision of file storage network.
  • Security to our data servers.
  • I have not experienced any area that requires improvement.
  • I have not identified any missing tool.
Encryption and access to any information that is stored in our cloud servers are very secure and easily accessible by authorized parties. Installation of passwords to various storage disks enhances security to our confidential information that is not supposed to leak. I am satisfied by the performance of this platform since it has streamlined the workflow in each department.
Daisy Cooper | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We mainly use this platform to [ensure] that all our data are safely stored in the cloud. We have enjoyed amazing speeds of data access since we deployed [the] cloud platform. It has enabled us to share files much easier between our departments, and it has also increased collaboration between the users greatly. [A] very flexible and secure solution that meets our requirement needs.
  • Endurance and performance provision
  • Availability to expandable volumes
  • Volume duplication and replication
  • It is meant to meet our needs and requirements, no room of improvement required
  • Tools functionality is satisfactory
IBM Cloud [File Storage] is [a] very scalable solution and has allowed us to expand our storage capacity that has fully accommodated our needs to store large volumes of data with ease. It has allowed many users to access this platform with ease and retrieve data quickly. [The] file sharing process is very easy and fast across our departments.
Ravi Khunt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud File Storage is very helpful for us to store and manage files for all time availability. We can access files from any time and anywhere. Before we [were] using [an] ordinary server to store and maintain files, but [we weren't] 100% sure that our files [would] be available all [the] time, in case of hardware failures. IBM Cloud File Storage provides features that [allow] your files [to] still [be] accessible in case of disk failure, because [of] automatic replication.
  • Customizable IOPS
  • Automatic Replication
  • Performance
  • As I say, it provides all great feature[s], but APIs and Documentation can be improved.
  • For [a] large number of users at a time, [it] can be [a] performance issue in maximum 48000 IOPS.
  • Pricing currently [is] pay as per usage. [There] could be better pricing options, if someone wants to reserve.
If you are looking for one of the best options of FIle Storage, then IBM Cloud File Store can resolve your issue. It provides all possible solutions for file storage with better pricing. IBM Cloud File Storage doesn't charge for snapshot, in case you need to migrate your data. It provides volumes that we can expand based on our requirement[s].
Gerald Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We depend on this platform to host our data in the cloud. IBM Cloud File Storage enhances [the] smooth transition of data from our organization to our servers and from our servers to our company for planning. It has secured our data effectively by enhancing [the] secure installation of passwords before one accessing any data from our servers.
  • File storage of our workloads.
  • Provision of server security.
  • I have not identified any room for improvement.
  • All the tools have been working effectively.
It is well suited in storing files and data of any volume under [a] secure platform. Due to increased volumes of data in our organization[,] we have managed to purchase [a] large storage capacity that can accommodate our files without any problem. Security to our information has [to] lead to faster growth of our organization since there is no leakage of information to unauthorized parties.
Valarie Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have gained operational excellence and breakthrough to our workload because of this flexible, robust, and highly secured platform thanks to IBM Cloud File Storage. Using this IBM Cloud Iaas, we have eliminated the cost and complexity of running an in-house IT infrastructure and increased performance of data and applications quickly in an easy way.
  • Secure centralized storage
  • Excellent and perfect data encryption
  • Accessing data at high speeds
  • Perfect cloud sharing capability
  • Large volume storage capacity
  • Comprehensive documentation on recovery and mass data transfer
  • Data recovery can be complex to new users
  • Big data migration not easy to beginners
The problems of workloads [are] now a thing of the past since this platform has transformed our processes to be simple and easy. When working with this platform you [are] always confident that data and applications are in safe and secure storage. We have managed to cater [to] our client's specific compliance requirement across the national borders because of IBM Cloud File Storage.
Victoria Hinton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The entire organization depends on this platform to ensure that all our data is safely stored in the cloud. It has saved us from data loss and mismanagement of information. It effectively networks all data from the cloud to our systems and uploads files faster to our storage devices. Installation of this software has safeguarded our data from external hackers.
  • Cloud data storage facilities.
  • File upload to our cloud servers.
  • There is no room of improvement from my experience.
  • All the tools function effectively.
The services we have received in the entire organization from the performance of this tool are great. It has given out a data management team large storage servers that are highly reliable with robust performance. Networking from servers and our organization has streamlined workflows and improved service delivery to our clients. Document sharing and team collaboration have been developed since we deployed this product.
Bentson Connell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cloud File Storage is used across our organization to host our data and streamline networking systems. Cloud services are crucial in the current technological world and have contributed to the faster growth of our company. Data circulation and transfer across our team members [are] managed effectively with this platform. Large storage volumes offered by this software enable us to secure our workloads without any problem.
  • Cloud storage services.
  • Faster rates of data transfer.
  • Development of cloud computing infrastructure.
  • I have not come across any new room of improvement.
  • There is no missing functionality.
My overall experience with this platform has been great and the performance is always effective. The deployment and customer support team are helpful throughout. It enables us to plan continuously on data management and streamlining of workflow processes. Faster data transfer speed has saved us a lot of time and funds. We have developed a proper working plan based on cloud computing services that streamline the implementation of our daily programs.
James Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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This is the most dependent cloud storage platform that is used across our organization. It has powerful storage devices that can accommodate large volumes of workload. We have received the best and faster server services since we invested in this platform. It has faster file transfer tools that ensure that we no longer waste time in sharing projects and tasks with our colleagues.
  • Cloud hosting services.
  • Data storage.
  • Securing information in our company.
  • I have not identified any poor challenging operation from this tool.
  • It is efficient and reliable.
My great experience with this product gives me the authority to recommend it to any other organization that is ready for excellent cloud services. We have been able to solve all challenges that were experienced by data analytics. It has given us robust data and files storage platform that cannot be compromised or hacked by unauthorized parties.
Sienna Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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This tool [IBM Cloud File Storage] is used in each department to access and store data at any convenient time. I am able to store large files in this platform and with high protection from viruses and hackers. Cloud services are provided at a reduced and affordable cost. It can store information for [a] long time and cannot easily lose data with integrated backups.
  • Cloud storage services.
  • Provision of data security.
  • Document management.
  • Faster file transfer services.
  • I have not been faced by any problem that may lead to feature improvement.
This [IBM Cloud File Storage is] the most reliable product I have used in offering powerful cloud services. It has been fixed with the most advanced security features that guarantee the user's safety of data stored. The provision of encryption tools that configures data from end to end has enabled me to gain more confidence while working with this platform.
Gabrielle Conley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The flash-backed storage file is used by each department to store data and transfer files. It is easy to customize and increase the storage capacity to suit workload demands. I am not worried when storing my data on this platform since it has great security features and cannot be easily attacked by virus[es].
  • Best for file storage.
  • Securing data and faster in file transfer.
  • I have no different idea that can lead to changes of the current version.
The performance of IBM Cloud File Storage is highly recommendable to any company. The capability to increase the storage capacity has enabled our departments to make flexible changes and fit our workloads demands. It has maximum data protection features that protect data loss during maintenance. The cost of acquiring this platform is affordable and no further maintenance cost required after purchasing.
James Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cloud [File] Storage is a great way for businesses to manage their object storage requirements. When working with clients, I have found it to be both flexible and powerful and helps my clients with their asset storage needs. For example, it is excellent for storing large content that might need to be streamed by end-users, especially that which needs to be stored across multiple geographies. The customizable metadata really helps with analytics.
  • Archival of large files which would otherwise need on-premise storage solutions.
  • Multi-geography storage (important in terms of data protection laws) means that data can be stored in the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • Infinitely scalable, so no concerns about capacity or building the next generation of storage solutions.
  • I have personally struggled with the NFS integration.
  • Still an early generation of product compared to competitors.
  • Ease of use could be improved upon.
IBM Cloud [File] Storage is well suited for environments where it is important to store files in the appropriate geography, and where capacity could be an issue. For example, rather than having to purchase or expand an existing storage array, and worry about complexities such as redundancy and hardware failure, all of this is abstracted away by IBM's Cloud File Storage solution. In this ever more connected world, it is vital that files are always available, and IBM Cloud File Storage is well suited for this.
Score 8 out of 10
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We are already using the IBM on-premises storage solution for our critical applications. We had the requirement of storing temporary cache files for the applications on the cloud. Since IBM Cloud [File] Storage can be easily integrated with our existing storage and infrastructure, it helped us to save time for deployment and configuration.
  • Shared file storage.
  • Easy and simple deployment.
  • Reliable and secure storage service for cloud.
  • User interface to setup and manage the cloud storage service is good.
  • Fast and high speed cloud storage.
  • We have sometimes experienced some outages and hope IBM will fix this soon.
  • Initial trainings are required for the teams to work and do the setup.
  • Support documentation from IBM needs improvement with [the] inclusion of more detailed steps and video tutorials for [a] better understanding of the engineers.
  • The billing process is very complex and you may have to incur additional overhead. Need a simpler approach and clarity on this aspect.
  • Support response from the IBM team is very slow and lacks information.
IBM Cloud [File] Storage is well suited for business use cases where you already have IBM infrastructure in place. The integration is seamless and will save you a lot of time for routing data. Overall it's a good storage service but we have experienced some outages.
Score 9 out of 10
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The IBM File Storage infrastructure is used in a POC that we are currently performing. It requires a high speed, high availability, and scalable storage infrastructure. IBM Cloud File does exactly that. It has a great balance of performance versus cost, thus being a great contender for a POC like ours.
  • High availability
  • Scalable
  • Speed can be improved.
  • UI has scope for improvement.
If you are working with other components of IBM cloud infrastructure then this would help in integrating those components. If all the components belong to the same platform then the integration performs very well and IBM cloud infrastructure works very well. On top of that, you don't have to worry about data loss because of features such as rest encryption, volume duplication, and snapshots and replication.
muphulusi dzivhani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cloud File Storage is being used by everyone within our organization. We use the cloud to store files, scripts, and data which we need to collaborate on as teams. We retrieve the data whenever we need to work on it and we always have a copy in the database for backup.
  • Data storage
  • Data retrieval
  • Backup
  • It is expensive.
IBM Cloud Storage is well suited for large organizations with large datasets. [It is also well suited when an organization] requires data backup and collaboration to reduce hardware maintenance and physical labor of transferring files from one physical server to another. It is less suited in small organizations that use their own infrastructures to maintain data and datasets.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud Storage to store static files like images. We also have a dedicated server within IBM to host dynamic content. That helps to serve static content more effectively, scale, and have backups.
  • Reliable
  • Fast
  • High quality technical support
  • It is relatively expensive.
  • It is connected to other IBM services. I think it should be a separate entity.
  • It lacks functionality compared to competitors like Amazon S3.
IBM Cloud File Storage is typically well suited for hosting static content and for backups. It is less appropriate in scenarios of hosting some dynamic content like HTML and script files. It is also less suited for hosting documents or other private information.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using virtual desktops for client support and we use IBM Cloud File Storage in almost all the processes of storing disk images, user data, backups, etc.
  • Easy to configure and access
  • Secure and stable storage
  • High speed and demand LUNs
  • Sometimes customer service is helpless [from my experience].
  • [I feel] the interface to manage the NFS share is not user-friendly.
[IBM Cloud File Storage] has allowed us to deploy more users at this stage. It is useful to store our main images and user data in a secure way. It has also increased our flexibility, etc. We have multiple servers across multiple availability regions, but IBM Cloud File Storage does not support mounting it across multiple availability zones. Therefore, [IBM Cloud File Storage] is not helpful in this scenario.

Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cloud File Storage is being used by 3 teams in my organization who are responsible for the cloud migration of our legacy applications. The business cost it optimizes helps our business to direct the revenue in building a more robust infrastructure. It is very secure as well, which is a strict requirement in our business.
  • Robust UI
  • Ease of storing Data in the cloud
  • Proactive customer support
  • Navigation plugins are not integration friendly.
  • The virtual desktop infra can be improved.
  • Synchronization delays
IBM Cloud File Storage is well-suited for encrypting important information in a secure way. It is easily accessible and the UI is a joy to work with. On the other hand, the main commands are not very well defined and it can be a pain to execute those functions in the development environment.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM Cloud File Storage is being used in our organization as an online file storage service enabling us to store our huge repository of useful files and share the same files safely as per need. It gives huge storage capacity at a very reasonable cost. The data transfer speed is very fast. It is easy to deploy with a simply great-looking user interface to give us a great user experience. It enabled us to use it for the centralization of file storage. The backups are encrypted and available across all of their data centers.
  • Centralized File Storage System.
  • Huge Storage Capacity.
  • Easier in deployment.
  • Simply great user interface.
  • High speed data transfer.
  • Encrypted backups.
  • Integration with other platform is well supported.
  • Documentation is not much updated.
  • Support seeks improvement on priority.
  • Know-how of Linux is somehow necessary.
I suggest[ed to] my colleagues to prefer IBM Cloud File Storage as an online file storage service to store the files and NoSQL data over [the] cloud. It is providing massive storage capacity at an affordable cost with ultra fast data transfer speed. It can be deployed easily. The simply, great looking user interface provides an ultimate user experience. The centralization of file storage enables sharing of files. The backups are safe being encrypted and centrally available from all data centers.
Score 10 out of 10
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We currently have a hybrid cloud and some of the servers on the cloud have IBM Cloud File Storage assigned to them. The main use of IBM Cloud File Storage for us is to store unstructured data that we need on a regular basis.
  • Competitive prices while comparing it to other cloud vendors.
  • Dynamic growth, where you can keep adding storage if you need it.
  • Acceptable transfer rates while reading or writing data
  • Currently IBM Cloud File Storage won't guarantee a specific amount of IOPs
  • There is a limit of the maximum amount of disks that can be added to a VM
  • A separate product is needed for creating backups of the data
IBM Cloud File Storage is well suited for unstructured data that you need available at all times. It is a persistent storage where you can send all the files as a regular disk on your Operating System. It is not intended to host a database or any other application that needs a certain amount of IOPs all the time.
Lilian Ruben | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Functional and flexible solution to configure and the IBM Cloud File Storage pricing is reasonable and affordable. IBM Cloud File Storage storage capacity for the user's data storage is fantastic. IBM Cloud File Storage provides the most secure data management capabilities on cloud space and easy moving of many different data.
  • Big data easy migration.
  • Perfect encryption.
  • Data accessibility.
  • Additional features for the data analysis.
  • Complex data recovering.
  • Configuration for the advanced tools.
IBM Cloud File Storage offers the best easy services and the most affordable cloud services for easy storing of important information no matter personal or even official data. The uploading of many materials on IBM Cloud File Storage is quite simple and easy starting of using IBM Cloud File Storage is impressive.
Score 8 out of 10
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We moved from on-premises to fully in the cloud a few years back. Currently, all of our compute and data are in the cloud. We require multiple types of storage solutions as our data range from operational data warehouses to long-term cold storage. We do have very specific use cases that require NFS file storage and IBM Cloud File Storage is exactly what we needed for our data in the cloud.
  • Snapshots and replication for failover and continuity
  • Expandable volumes
  • Performance provisioning for custom requirements
  • Their API is useful but can be improved.
  • Pricing
If you need the lowest possible latency for unstructured data, NFS will always win out over something like block storage. IBM Cloud File Storage is the right solution for a use case needing high performant reads from a centralized solution being used by more than one VM. If your data is stored in IBM Cloud and your use case fits this, IBM Cloud File Storage is the right choice. If performance is not an issue, I would opt for block storage.
Prasad Kumkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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It is not directly used within our organization by employees but we use it for our apps. We use it for users to store images and documents in our app. We are working on corporate governance, where users can vote on agendas or proposals, store agreements, and governance policies. Users can upload pictures, organization documents, attachments, legal agreements, etc.
  • Cost effective
  • Fast speed
  • Good looking UI/UX
  • Reliable
  • Bad IBM support.
  • No guides available or really old/expired documentation to get started.
  • Billing and usage is confusing.
It is well suited if you are already aware of how to use cloud file storage systems, but if you are new to it, IBM is not a very beginner-friendly platform to get started. I had many troubles getting started. I felt other cloud providers had better documentation and tutorials to get started.
John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We are using IBM Cloud File Storage as a warm cache. We store newly created files there for a short period of time so that we can interact with them before sending them to object storage for more long term storage. We also store files there that we've pulled down from object storage (warm cache). Since it's a network storage device we simply mount it to our servers and it shows up as a disk on all of our servers. The fact that all of our servers can simultaneously access it is a nice feature.
  • Shared file storage.
  • Snapshots for backing up data.
  • Easy to deploy.
  • The IBM portal is clunky and prone to outages.
  • Requires Linux experience to set up.
It's a great solution if you are already hosting servers at IBM and those devices need to share storage. As a network attached drive it does a great job at this. I've set up similar server environments with other vendors and had to create and configure my own NFS servers. With IBM I don't have to install or configure the file server. I just create a drive, allocate it the space I need, and attach it to each server.