it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering IBM Public Cloud?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM Public Cloud, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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13 Answers
AshutoshMalik - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at Kyndryl
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Aug 22, 2022

I rate this solution an eight out of ten. Regarding advice, I would recommend others choose IBM Public Cloud. It's straightforward, has a good environment and is cost-effective. Comparatively, IBM is cheaper than AWS or Azure.

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Carlos Bittrich - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Advisor at Fabrik
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Jun 17, 2022

The solution updates automatically. On the cloud, you have different products. You have the database, the run-time for the business logic, and so on. Each feature upgrades independently. For example, right now, I need to migrate my database version. For the run-times, the Cloud Foundry run-time that I was using will be deprecated in one year. Therefore, I need also to start migrating to the latest version. I am a first-level partner. I am treated as any customer. I was planning to become an ESA (Embedded Software Agreement) Partner. However, I needed to commit some amount of money with this agreement. Right now, my solution is not big enough to commit something. We have a solution that is software a service solution, that uses IBM on the core. Still, we are just start-up so we haven't committed to anything yet. You have a large number of functions that you need to try and that are available there. I'd advise new users to just look in another platform if you don't find in this catalog. Try everything from the catalog. There are a lot of features, and so on. When assigning security to each service, for example, it has its own security administration. You need to take care of the priviledges that you give to your people. Some people can define resources, others can't. That happened to me. I had a developer that configured an artificial intelligence service and at the end of the month, I got a big bill as he was using a service that was not free. One developer developed a program that was using a service in a loop. And for this service came another big bill again. For that reason, I always advise companies to check how people are using the platform. You can define alarms. If you're consuming $100, $200, you can get the notice that someone is consuming something. In the cloud, this is the problem. You don't have your machine in your house and if it's full, nothing can get done. The cloud can expand and expand. So take care of what you are spending on the platform. I'd rate a solution eight out of ten.

CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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Top 20Leaderboard
May 10, 2022

My company uses IBM Public Cloud and AWS Cloud, but just for their basic functions, in particular, for some virtual machines and serverless functions. I'm guessing that what I'm using is the latest version of IBM Public Cloud, not that I have much of a choice because it's the one I get from the cloud directly. If it's not the latest version of the solution, I couldn't tell otherwise. I'm rating IBM Public Cloud an eight because it's hard to get to the right documentation, and that's the only thing that makes the solution a bit difficult. Once you know IBM Public Cloud, the rating could be a ten, but for someone new to the solution, it's an eight out of ten. My company is a partner and reseller for IBM, but my company doesn't resell. It just integrates solutions, and IBM provides all the backend tools for the products.

Consultant at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jul 11, 2021

I'm an IBM customer and end-user. I use this product for my clients. I'd rate this product at a ten out of ten. I've been extremely satisfied with its capabilities so far. I would recommend it to all developers.

Arquiteto de Soluções at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 3, 2021

I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Corporate IT Applications Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 23, 2021

I would rate IBM Public Cloud a seven out of ten.

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President at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 15, 2020

I have stopped using it currently, but in the future, we will need to use it again. I don't have much experience with this solution, but I would recommend it to others. I would rate IBM Public Cloud a five out of ten.

Syed Mohammed Hady - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Alveron Communications Pte LTD
Real User
Jul 26, 2020

The advice that I would have for people considering this service would be that they should try it. If they are something like a small enterprise, they can use this IBM solution. It is very clear and easy to understand the interfaces, services, and easy to understand the pricing. They can be sure how it will work and how it will fit into their budget before they use it. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate it as a 10. It does exactly what I expect it to, it is a good service, and there are no surprises.

Ashutosh Malik - PeerSpot reviewer
Subject Matter Expert - Data Network at Mphasis
Jun 8, 2020

The suitability of this solution depends on your organizational requirements and how you want to function, as well as the policies. One example is that a lot of financial institutions do not want to migrate to the cloud for security reasons. Some organizations prefer one provider over another, such as AWS. There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to use only the IBM Cloud. The option is up to the customer. Overall, I would stay that IBM Cloud is stable, straightforward, and is a good service. I recommend it. My main complaint is about support, which is tied to pricing. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Lead Consultant at a political organization with 51-200 employees
Apr 19, 2020

I would rate IBM Cloud a nine out of ten. The only deficiency is the deployment. IBM is very focused on hybrid cloud as its main strength. It is useful with other IBM products. If you want something that's out of the box and simple that you don't need to do anything complex with, IBM Cloud is too big for you. If you're looking to do any mix with anything on-prem and if all you want to do is a simple cloud deployment, it's probably too big for you. It'll be easier to do in Azure. If you want better scalability and 100% availability then go with IBM Cloud. In the next release, I would like to have better deployment packages. Rather than having to do the stuff from scratch, IBM has products where you fill in an online spreadsheet, you hit a button and it configures it for you. A deployment like that would put IBM Cloud ahead.

Engineer at Emerson Network Power
Real User
Sep 19, 2019

There was a mix of versions in our project, with some people using the trial version and others using the paid version of this solution. I think that the full, paid version was better. This product is very good because it is accessible in remote locations, and anyone can deploy from any place. It is very nice, and I don't think that many people know about this cloud computing system. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

CEO & Co-founder at NEXTBKL SP z o o DBA Gloscad
Real User
Jul 29, 2019

We use the private cloud version of the solution. We have Amazon as a provider. The solution is very stable and technical assistance is very fast in their response. The service offered by IBM is highly respected, as well as the policy of the service provided. It's the best on the market for me and my organization. There are other good open-source solutions that work, but from a service and policy perspective, I would recommend IBM. I would rate this solution eight out of ten. I'd rate it higher if instead of making separate integrations, IBM just brought all of their solutions together.

Mahmoud Al-Hattab - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
May 23, 2019

On a scale from one to ten, I would rate IBM Cloud with an eight.

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CEO at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Oct 12, 2021
Amazon AWS is superior to IBM public for several reasons.  The most important reason is the diversity of software tools, the geographic diversity and availability, lower operating costs and excellent customer service. All cloud companies are simply playing catch-up to AWS. 
User at SoftwareONE
Oct 14, 2021
AWS, the main reason is the number of DC distributed arround the world
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 25, 2021
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Oct 25, 2021
IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity tracker. It allows management and auditing of user activity. This auditing feature is useful in maintaining compliance. On a technical level, we like that the solution provides a bare metal server on subscription. It gives you high availability, flexibility, and performance and is a good value for the price. Another helpful feature is the load balancer. It helps our admins to scale applications without downtime or disrupting traffic flows. In addition, it comes with an application programming interface with plenty of integrations. The platform is easy to use and if you need help, there are plenty of tutorials on the IBM website. Finally, the IBM cloud also works with Android and iOS applications. There is room for improvement, though. Sometimes data transfer can be slow at peak hours. Another downside is the resilient storage. While it is good that IBM keeps a copy of everything in the cloud, you cannot delete their copy. Ever. We researched Azure before ultimately choosing IBM. MS Azure is more of a desktop virtualization platform that helps run virtual machines and apps in the cloud. We liked that you can manually configure desktops in Windows that are accessible on both desktop and mobile. What did we like about Azure? The flexibility allows you to work on multiple projects in multiple languages and technologies. The support is good, the applications are stable, and it has good response time. It has, however, a bit of latency between the data server and the application server. Additionally, it is not very user-friendly and automation is lacking. Everything is manual. Performing a simple task like creating a backup can be very cumbersome. The price is a big downside also. Conclusion We researched MS Azure for our cloud PaaS and IaaS needs but ultimately chose IBM Public Cloud. MS Azure has the advantage of the flexibility and good support but the price of IBM is more competitive and the platform is more user-friendly.
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