IBM Cloud Object Storage Concepts and Architecture: System Edition

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Updated 21 May 2019

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IBM Form #: REDP-5537-00

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Authors: Bradley Leonard, Hao Jia, Johan Verstrepen, Jussi Lehtinen, Lars Lauber, Patrik Jelinko, Vasfi Gucer


Object storage is the primary storage solution used in the cloud and on-premises solutions as a central storage platform for unstructured data. IBM® Cloud Object Storage is a software defined storage platform that breaks down barriers for storing massive amounts of data by optimizing the placement of data on commodity x86 servers across the enterprise.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication explains the architecture of IBM Cloud Object Storage on-premises offering and the technology behind the product. You can find a detailed discussion about the IBM Cloud Object Storage use case scenarios and deployment options in the IBM Redbooks publication "IBM Cloud Object Storage System Product Guide, SG248439".

The target audience for this paper is IBM Cloud Object Storage architects, IT specialists and technologists.

Table of contents

Differences between block, file and object storage
Use cases for object storage
IBM Cloud Object Storage architecture
Flexible deployment options of IBM Cloud Object Storage
IBM Cloud Object Storage read and write operations

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