IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud Review
July 08, 2020

IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud Review

Francisco Javier Castañeda Marroquín | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Software Version

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers - VPC

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

IBM VPC is becoming the core service for our Software As a Service initiative. Our core services are being migrated from other cloud vendors (Google and AWS) for three key reasons: flexibility on hybrid strategies, simplicity on implementation, the availability of migrating on-premises services based on AIX and I-series to cloud without much of a problem.
  • Hybrid cloud implementations
  • AIX and I Series
  • Flexibility on requirements
  • Security
  • Documentation is incomplete
  • Some services require improvements
  • Lack of support in Latinamerica
  • Pricing is very competitive
  • Offer is really good when related to bare metal
  • Excellent when you have AIX or I Series loads
The certificate manager works just as in the other clouds and simplifies the tasks related to this security component of any solution. In the case of DB2, we are considering this service for a particular customer, and the use case has a great Return on Investment due to its elasticity and licensing terms.
  • IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service
  • IBM Cloud Functions
  • IBM Cloud Internet Services
  • IBM Cloud Object Storage
  • IBM Cloud Databases
  • IBM Watson Visual Recognition
Having several services working together helped to simplify our lives. The offer that IBM cloud has keeps growing and it is catching up with competitors. Related to Kubernetes, at the time of our implementation we had problems with load balancers but now the experience is better. Also the same happened to us in relation to Visual Recognition.
It is ideal when trying to create a hybrid cloud. It works better if you already have I-Series or AIX deployed in your organization.

It is complicated if you are using certain services from other vendors Amazon such as Lambda functions or Kinesis. There are some that have the same functionality on IBM, although not an exact replacement.

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Elastic load balancing
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls

IBM Cloud Support and Implementation

The documentation is complex and it was difficult to browse and search. It makes you rethink purchasing extra support. I finally got it working, but took more time than we originally planned. Due to the lack of documentation, we chose a service that was overkill for what we were trying to accomplish, so later on we had to migrate to the smaller version of it, but I have to say we had the same problem on AWS.