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Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM Public Cloud?


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AshutoshMalik - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at Kyndryl
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Top 20Leaderboard
Aug 22, 2022

The licensing is monthly, but I do not have specifics about the cost.

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

I constantly are increasing and decreasing the resources. It's auto-scalable. If one day, I have more resources and more people entering, it automatically increases the number of resources available. I pay for what I use.

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

IBM Public Cloud is pretty cheap. They have an ongoing free tier that won't expire, so as long as your solution is small enough, you can have a test set that you can use for demos, which will cost you almost nothing.

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

If you are an enterprise, or even just one person handling the solution for multiple clients, you will need to get a license. That said, you don't have to pay for licenses if you're an individual developer, but if you're handling a little more load, then you need to pay for licenses.

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

The IBM Cloud is priced well, and much lower than offerings by the competitors. The commercial model is different from the other providers. In order to be competitive, you have to commit to a contract for at least one year, but you pay a fixed monthly fee. This is one of the advantages because, with the competitors, the amount you pay varies every month.

Corporate IT Applications Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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Feb 23, 2021

Pricing is not as fair as Amazon or Azure. It needs improvement.

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

The licensing fees are straightforward and predictable.

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

The price of IBM Cloud is very cheap compared to competitors AWS and Azure. The licensing fees are billed on a monthly basis and some costs vary between cities. For example, data centers in smaller cities will cost less. The savings in operating costs of a remote data center are passed on to the customer. Premium support is available for an additional cost.

Engineer at Emerson Network Power
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Sep 19, 2019

We are using the trial version of this solution, so we have not paid anything.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 16, 2021
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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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