A formidable alternative to Google and Amazon cloud offerings.
April 02, 2020

A formidable alternative to Google and Amazon cloud offerings.

Keldon Alleyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Object Storage

I am testing IBM Cloud Object Storage for testing machine learning models and workflows, and potentially for use in a cross platform videogame (using other IBM Cloud services for processing)

As a games developer I need to offload as much processing as I can. I've not fully made use of it yet, but my tests have shown IBM's Cloud offering and the Cloud Object Storage to fit smoothly into some workflows (due to the diverse range of integrated services).

It's still in early stages, but so far I like what I've seen.
  • Integrates with other IBM Cloud services
  • Email reports and notifications I can observe at a glance
  • Very flexible offerings (including low cost storage)
  • Good pricing
  • The UX for IBM's cloud platforms can take some time to get used to
  • IBM's cloud platform pages are quite heavy, making navigation a bit of a chore
  • It has provided me with a stable solution I can rely on for future planning.
IBM Cloud Object Storage has something for everyone, whether you want low cost storage for a CDN, or for realtime / low latency transactions.

As a games developer I have enough complexity as it is, and I've found the pricing and services pretty straight forward. It was pretty painless to setup, and I have evaluated it as a low risk to incorporate into the production pipeline.
I have evaluated Amazon S3 and Google's Cloud Platform.

IBM Cloud Platform is well documented and very integrated with its other range of cloud services.

It's quite difficult to differentiate between them all. IBM Cloud Storage is not a service I would have considered on its own merit, but with the power of Watson, which was an absolute pleasure to work with, alongside the cloud server options, I think the IBM cloud ecosystem provides something for everyone.
  • IBM Watson Studio (formerly IBM Data Science Experience)
The IBM portfolio products is my sole reason for using IBM Cloud Object Storage - primarily for Watson, but I also like how their cloud servers are structured.

The game being worked on is still at the prototyping stage, but is likely to utilize IBM's products to provide real-time analysis and processing for the game world. This will allow players to enjoy the full benefits of the designed game no matter what hardware they are using.

The primary target platform is GeForce NOW, which processes the game on NVidia's servers, with the expectation of being able to offload lengthier machine learning tasks to models on IBM Cloud Platform.
IBM Cloud Object Storage could be used for CDN, or as a replacement for Amazon's cloud storage services.

I've never looked at IBM Cloud Object Storage as a service I would use in isolation, but with the range of cloud services available (including Kubernetes, etc.) it's quite easy to roll out services on the IBM cloud platform.

It also feels more stable and secure than most. That's entirely subjective, but their informative status updates make me feel confident in the service.

IBM Cloud Object Storage Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
10
Dynamic scaling
8
Elastic load balancing
9
Monitoring tools
8
Security controls
9