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Choosing a plan and creating an instance

Choosing a plan and creating an instance

Getting data into your instance of IBM Cloud® Object Storage requires just a few steps before you provision your new storage.

About IBM Cloud Object Storage plans

The highest level of organization in IBM Cloud Object Storage is a service instance. Each instance can hold many buckets, and each bucket can hold virtually any number of objects (files). There are three types of Object Storage service instances:

IBM Public Cloud:

  • Standard plan instances are the most common and are recommended for most workloads.
    • The Free Tier allows you to evaluate the Cloud Object Storage service at no cost. You can seamlessly scale up for production use. This includes 5GB of free monthly usage for up to 12 months from the sign-up date. After 12 months or if you exceed the Free Tier limits, you will be billed at standard pay-as-you-go rates.
  • One Rate plan instances should be used for workloads that involve large volumes of outbound bandwidth (data transferred on public networks outside of IBM Cloud) relative to the amount of total storage capacity.

IBM Cloud Satellite:

Creating a IBM Cloud Platform account

Before you create a new IBM Cloud Object Storage storage instance, it's necessary to create a customer account first.

  1. Go to and click Create a Free Account.
  2. Complete the form with your email address, name, region, and phone number. Choose a password.
  3. Follow the link provided by the confirmation email, and follow the links to log in to the IBM Cloud® Platform.

Now that you have a platform account, you can create a new Object Storage service instance.

Creating a service instance

  1. Log in to the console.
  2. Navigate to the catalog, by clicking Catalog in the top navigation bar.
  3. In the left menu, Click the Storage category. Click the Object Storage tile.
  4. Give the service instance a name and choose a plan.
  5. Click Create and you are redirected to your new instance.

It is also possible to manage resources using the IBM Cloud® Platform CLI:

ibmcloud resource service-instance-create <instance-name> cloud-object-storage <plan> global

Deleting a service instance

When a service instance is deleted, the data is not deleted immediately. Instead, it is scheduled for reclamation (by default this is set to take 7 days), after which the data is irreversibly destroyed, and the bucket names will be made available for reuse. It is also possible to restore a deleted resource that has not yet been reclaimed.

It is possible to check the status of a reclamation, as well as force or cancel a scheduled reclamation using the the IBM Cloud® Platform CLI.

It is impossible to delete a Service Instance if there is a bucket with an active Immutable Object Storage policy or legal hold on any objects. The policy will need to expire before the data can be deleted. It isn't possible to delete a Service Instance if there is a permanent retention policy in place.

Currently, the reclamation can be scheduled only for instances of the IBM Cloud Object Storage Standard and One Rate plans.