IBM Cloud VPC--fast, powerful, useful
December 18, 2020

IBM Cloud VPC--fast, powerful, useful

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

At Ultimus we are using IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) virtual machines for development, QA, demonstration/sale, and operation of Ultimus Composed Process Solutions, powered by Ultimus Digital Process Automation Suite. These machines are used by different departments--product development, professional services, and sales across the world. Ultimus internal solutions are hosted on IBM machines as well.
  • The IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) architecture allows scripted preparation and management of the virtual environment, which we use to link the IBM VPC API with an Ultimus CPS solution, allowing our colleagues to manage the IBM environment directly from our own management solution.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) uses a "pay what you use" pricing model. By integrating the IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) API into Ultimus management processes, the machines can be started and stopped automatically specifically for the needed times. This saves us a lot of money.
  • The performance of the IBM VPM machines is excellent and gives us great performance for developing and presenting our Ultimus products and solutions.
  • The amount of supported/provided software could be better. At the moment Windows Server 2019 is not yet available, for example.
  • IBM strongly pushes their own products (e.g., their own databases). But Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle as a service are not offered. So we need to take care about licensing, installation, and operation of these databases ourselves, which is a big disadvantage. Other cloud provider offer better service here !
  • Compared to IBM classic infrastructure, a lot of useful functionality is gone (e.g., template handling).
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) gives us the flexibility to use and pay what we really need.
  • The price of an IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) machine is higher compared to a classic machine but provides better performance and higher flexibility.
  • Overall we can get better performance for lower costs if we start the machines only when needed.
The implementation of IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) machines was 100% smooth, and in case there were technical problems, IBM support colleagues did a great job resolving the issues. As this support team is distributed across the world, you get great 24/7 support whenever you need it. Especially in overnight sessions, this availability is very useful.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
  • IBM Cloud Object Storage
  • IBM API Connect
At the moment we are mainly using virtual machines, virtual storage, and the IBM API to operate the environment. Concerning products, we are using our own products and services from the Ultimus Digital Process Automation Suite, with Ultimus BPM, Composed Process Solutions, and, of course, the Ultimus DPA Portal as end-user interface. This is a perfect combination for our development, professional services, and sales departments.
We always have an open eye on IBM Cloud, and on AWS and Microsoft Azure. But the offering of IBM is much cleaner and better organized, especially compared to the very overloaded offering of AWS. The management console from IBM is good to use and the IBM support is always available to help in case there are any questions.
The initial preparation of the IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) environment is much more complex compared to using the classic environment. Once this hurdle is overcome, the flexibility is a great asset. The scripted preparation and management, with the option to integrate their capabilities into our Ultimus solutions, makes it very powerful and useful for our colleagues.

IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
10
Dynamic scaling
10
Elastic load balancing
9
Pre-configured templates
10
Monitoring tools
9
Pre-defined machine images
6
Operating system support
3
Security controls
10