IBM drops SoftLayer cloud storage costs closer to its rivals

Summary:IBM pushes down its storage costs closer to its infrastructure-as-a-service rivals and offers a direct network connection to its cloud services.

IBM has lowered the price of object storage available through its cloud infrastructure service SoftLayer.

The price of SoftLayer object storage has dropped to $0.04 per GB per month — putting it nearer to its infrastructure-as-a-service competitors, such as Amazon, at $0.03 per GB per month, and Google, at $0.026 per GB per month.

SoftLayer also unveiled a new service that will allow customers to reserve a dedicated network connection between their own IT infrastructure and SoftLayer cloud services.

The Direct Link service will connect a customer's datacenter, office, or colocation facility to 18 Softlayer-linked facilities run by partner companies including Equinix, Telx, Coresite, Terremark, Pacnet, InterXion and TelecityGroup.

Direct Link is available to all SoftLayer customers, with pricing starting at $147 per month for a 1Gbps network connection and $997 per month for a 10Gbps link.

The company also lowered virtual server prices by up to five percent, introduced a tiered pricing model that lowers the cost per GB of memory as more RAM is added to servers and upped its outbound bandwidth allowance for bare metal and virtual servers.

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Topics: Storage, Cloud, IBM


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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