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IBM's platform-as-a-service (IBM SmartCloud Application Services) delivers a secure, collaborative cloud-based environment that supports a full lifecycle of accelerated application development, deployment and delivery.

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Judah K.
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"Secure, Cost effective IBM Cloud Hosting."

What do you like best?

Ensuring the stability of your systems is paramount to your business. Moving your IBM servers to the cloud can help you ensure you save time and money.

Key benefits include;

1. Secure and Compliant Facility - Gain peace of mind with IBM i Cloud Hosting. Not only are our data centers HIPAA, SOC 2 and PCI compliant, they are also gated, monitored, and staffed 24/7

2. High Availability- prepare for the unpredictable. Your space can be your high Availability solution in the cloud. Adding failover protection reduces or even eliminate loss of service during downtime events.

3. Cost -Effective and scalable- pay for what you use now and scale up at anytime. No need to justify buying space you won't use right away. IBM i Cloud hosting starting at $157 per month with a month-to month contract. No setup fees.

4. Migration Guidance- Have assurance when moving to the cloud. Count on IBM i experts to help migrate your systems with little to no downtime. Begin using your IBM i in the cloud in 48 hours or less.

5. Always Up-to-Date - once your systems have been moved to the cloud, you wont have to worry about system updates utilizing PTF offering.

What do you dislike?

Complex user interface- the service has limited user friendliness.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I call upon them to gain peace of mind with IBM i cloud Hosting. It is secure and cost effective.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ensuring the stability of your systems is paramount to your business. Moving your IBM i servers to the cloud helps saving of time and money.

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Vivek B.
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"Cloud storage device: IBM"

What do you like best?

the technical features which is good and the brand itself which is reliable also and for organization most o the company need a trusted brand which provide virtual storage or cloud storage and it does support on all OS such as windows , Linux etc and good part is easy to setup the cloud at your office if you can;t then you can read the instructions which is given with the product doesn;t matter you are a IT person or not

What do you dislike?

I think the price would be the issue because most of the company offering the same

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you need a reliable cloud storage and branded device then you can buy it once make sure use the instruction carefully so you can setup the product and use it privately and can save your data so good luck and try it once.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

my company often using it as a private data storage

What Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution do you use?

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IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Jack C.
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"Have been loving using Bluemix and will continue using it."

What do you like best?

IBM Bluemix offers an innovative environment and platform, support many programming languages such as PHP, Python, and Java. IBM Bluemix also provides easy-to-use Support, either email or build-in message platform can reach the Support team.

What do you dislike?

It gives me less control compares to the other products used to work on. Occasionally it took forever to load the pages and it can be quite frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is wonderful that IBM offers 256 MB of Cloud Foundry memory, but when we are ready to move on and upgrade it can be pricey. For most start-ups, the pricing for IBM Bluemix can be very high.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data and Analytics. Apps that can track employees training performance and development. The new projects are created much faster and easier.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User
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"Terrible. The Clown Computing Service for the 20th Century."

What do you like best?

Attempted to utilize the IBM Bluemix Weather service to get pinpoint weather forecasts. The data is accurate and the web API is straightforward to use.

What do you dislike?

Incredibly poor SLA, incompetent customer service and glacially slow response time to multiple issues. Their service routinely return 401/Unauthorized errors, crippling my app at times. They finally acknowledged the issue was on their side the first time it happened - after 20 days.

It occurred again 3 months later, again crippling my service. No response from support until I kept pestering and escalating. No response on root cause after another 18 days. They either don't care, are incompetent, or both.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Run away. The internal management and support portals are a mess. They don't have reliable SLA's for their service and they're trying to find their way ten years too late.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utilizing the service to provide pinpoint outdoor weather forecasts for the outdoor industry...when the BlueMix service is working. The service is so unreliable and the support is so poor I'm actively looking for alternatives.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Internal Consultant in Internet
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"Testing IBM Cloud without full access to IBM resources."

What do you like best?

Powerfull compute services (until I wasn't able to create more even when I had enough credit).

Clear segmentation of a huge catalog of available apps.

What do you dislike?

Administrative locks blocked our testing efforts.

We were unable to create more than one compute product and unable to administer the first one created.

We had no more help from support, excep "contact our accounting dept". Neve had a written statement of what happened.

Not quite clear that 3rd party services are not included with the $200 initial credit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It seems that the evaluation indeed requires some degree of purchasing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Defining cloud services platform for our customers.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Craig N.
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"BlueMix has a really good angle on cloud computing"

What do you like best?

Bluemix uses a PaaS (Platform as a Service) model rather than the typical IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) model like Amazon Web Services. The big difference here is that with other IaaS providers, you are configuring the infrastructure with virtual hardware specifications, such as processor type, memory, hard drive, and network connects, where PaaS has you setup the platform that you will run on your software, such as programming environments, Databases used, Clustering, and so forth, meaning that you are ready to develop or operate your software out of the box

What do you dislike?

The reliability is 99% and not 100%, and is heavily geared for developers, which means that I wouldn't use BlueMix as my only production environment. It can also get a little overwhelming, especially when you get into Watson and the Beta services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a solid production environment, then this might not be the best option for you, and also make sure that any devops running off of bluemix takes into account the potential for vendor lock-in if they utilize too many BlueMix services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to deploy a a ready to use development platform with literally a few clicks, and literally, quicker than writing this review. This saves a lot of money and time, rather than building out a virtual machine, installing an OS, then setting up an environment, and having to track down any errors I get that could be at any level of my server, Bluemix is just ready to go and work for you.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Juan A.
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"Has some unique cloud services"

What do you like best?

It has the normal everyday could services one would expect (i.e. virtual machines, mysql, mongodb) but there are some truly unique ones centered around cognitive computing such as Personality Insights or Dialog.

What do you dislike?

Their documentation is good, not GREAT, but what makes things a little confusing is their demo apps. Their demo apps are really all over the place, using java, nodejs, and a bunch of different frameworks. If you are a java developer you'll have to make sense of a nodejs example because there isn't a java one, for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for simple cloud services, consider cheaper alternatives. If you want some unique cognitive computing services, IBM is likely the only one to have them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

created a prototype around some of the cognitive services.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User in Internet
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"They cancel your account without much warning."

What do you like best?

The product is new. Cloud Foundry is a brilliant new solution to new things, IBM of course, doesn't make these things. It just implements them.

What do you dislike?

IBM cancelled my account without telling me why. Their service sucks. It has all the same reasons why people hate IBM. If I can't get good service on my free account, that doesn't bode well for the paid account being better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use something else. Bluemix is, at best, unreliable and at worst actively tries to cause downtime. It deactivated my account, without explanation or warning, and took down a good number of apps that we were using with it. This is actively causing harm. It's not bad support, it's actively causing harm.

If you use bluemix, you shouldn't use it for anything you need to ensure works. Unless IBM is basically running it all for you, don't use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for non mission critical applications. I do not think the service and support is reliable enough to use it long term.

The frontend also takes forever to load. Heroku is much better, faster and easier.

Also they did not delete my personal account from Heroku, which bluemix did because... I am not entirely certain why.

They also deactivated my business account, even though I was using it for business applications. When I realized that happened, it became clear that this is not a service anyone should use for anything that you need to ensure works.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User
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"What I like best..."

What do you like best?

What I like best about IBM cloud is that all of the information that I am able to keep in the cloud is safely contained and not touched unless by higher authority. I also feel as if I am safe and that there’s no way around hacking the system.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about the IBM cloud is that all of the information stored on the cloud is not easily found and finding such information is a little unique.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My login information is stored on the IBM cloud but when my fingerprint is recognized all of my information is displayed right in front of me.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Kushal R.
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"Awesome Cloud based Services"

What do you like best?

Its Cloud based.

So many services are provided, all at one place.

But the best part is there is something for everyone.

What do you dislike?

Can be somewhat confusing sometimes if you are new to it.

Since its new getting help can be challenging.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently i am just using the tool for learning purposes, but i think it will be widely used in near future primarily because its cloud based.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator
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"IBM Cloud Virtual Server for Dev/QA"

What do you like best?

We develop products that are sold by IBM, and the virtual servers are easy to deploy in the variety of configurations, OS releases and flexibility we require for validation and regression testing.

What do you dislike?

We use it for simplicity, but we also have to test with other cloud providers. and each as differences, but sometimes IBM is a bit more cumbersome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As stated we need to validate software code in a variety of environments and we need to test without paying fulltime for resources that are only needed in short bursts

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Michal K.
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"Great PaaS based on OpenSource Could Foundering mixed with IBM Stack products"

What do you like best?

IBM Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry, an open PaaS (platform as a service) to provide customers a choice of clouds. A PaaS model allows developers to focus on writing code since all infrastructure including the application servers are provided. This enables developers to build applications rapidly in local IDEs and push the applications to the cloud. This ease of use however comes at the expense of having less control over the infrastructure which is needed in certain scenarios or environments. IBM created a Marketplace where you can sell your app or make it available for free. Some of the most impressive IBM stack technologies are available for use like Websphere Liberty, DB2, MQ Light, SMS services and so on, you can pick and choose. To some extend the usage is for free. (Up to 2GB RAM for Liberty App Servers etc.)

What do you dislike?

The connection config between some of the containers is better written than for others. Some do generate a complete config set, for some others you need to deep dive into the documentation to understand the connection mechanism.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This shift of technology will benefit mainly small and medium companies wanting to rapidly start development without investing a lot of money in to hardware, administration and man hours. From and Architecture perspective it's an evolution of SOA. Although I don't see this kind of technology in any Finance/Banking, Insurance or Government sector project. The privacy of the data is more important so a Cloud Solution is just not an option. I also don't see the use of BPM , ESB products to be integrated into cloud solutions because of the privacy constrains of the messages.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator in Capital Markets
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"Bluemix is great to test FaaS and big data analytics tools"

What do you like best?

Bluemix uses a PaaS. Among their newer additions of various services, it is great to test their FaaS and some big data analytics tools.

What do you dislike?

The URLs are too bigger. The reliability is towards 99% and not 100%,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Users and developers who needs to test newer things of cloud like FaaS or Big Data tools, certainly can test Bluemix.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To test free tier of FaaS, analytics tools usually others ask for credit card. Signing up with Bluemix is easy for trial. Also I noticed a lot of tools in their catalogue.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Mark H.
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"IBM Cloud Provides Flexibility that can't be matched on premise"

What do you like best?

The variety of products and services available.

What do you dislike?

Pricing is not as competitive as AWS and GCP.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You might have to build some of your own reporting to monitor and audit usage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to provide elasticity with my applications quickly and efficiently.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Bluemix Review"

What do you like best?

Based on the open source architecture of Cloud Foundry, Bluemix provides the flexibility to integrate development frameworks, languages and services that suit our needs.

We can develop applications using Web IDE and Eclipse – while storing our code directly on Bluemix.

It supports several programming languages and services[

What do you dislike?

The one thing I dislike about Cloud foundry is that I can’t test an app easily without constantly pushing it to the cloud if it uses a lot of services. I’d love to see a future where I could pull down all of these services in a micro cloud on my laptop and then push to the cloud and bind to scalable services there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In practical terms, we are building cloud applications thatl:

Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning

Allow for flexible capacity

Help to address any lack of internal tech resources

Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Accelerate exploration of new workloads – social, mobile, big data

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by ben h.
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"use of softlayer"

What do you like best?

ease to spin up services ans operate. our migration was smooth.

What do you dislike?

the support model was siloed and it took 3 years to get it right.

Recommendations to others considering the product

yes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

yes

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Review for IMB Cloud bluemix"

What do you like best?

IBM Cloud has easy to use interface and very nice support when needed.

What do you dislike?

Sometime connection is inconsistent and it can be unreliable compare to aws.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use IBM Cloud to serve our analytic platform.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Luis G.
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"I don't really care for it."

What do you like best?

I enjoy that it will store everything that I choose to save.

What do you dislike?

I would like to choose what gets added onto the cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving all information.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Carlos C.
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"Cloud Review"

What do you like best?

the agility to acess the servers and applications

What do you dislike?

Currently i dosent have nothen to dislike

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

my company reduce TCO and CAPEX

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator in Banking
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"The Platform is very robust"

What do you like best?

The user interface is very impressive and it helps developers to develop applications and deploy without worrying about infrastructure such as servers and Operating systems

What do you dislike?

There is very little support for PHP application, the boilerplate for PHP application is next to nothing, that discourages me as a PHP developer

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you are looking at a platform to develop and deploy your applications on the fly, go for this application

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It takes away the head on Infrastructure planing

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by sashikanth v.
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"It's good"

What do you like best?

catalog services, compose services (some of them are not replicated)

What do you dislike?

no k8s yet, message-hub is not mature yet

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

agility, time to market

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Prasad R.
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"IBM CLoud"

What do you like best?

Anywhere, anytime, we use it for our lotus notes email system which is also an IBM product but in spite of that there has been multiple downtime and that has caused lost productivitiy, both internally and external communications with our key cusotmers / vendors etc.

What do you dislike?

99% uptime.. still not good, if imy business is on the cloud 99% is not good. I would want a 100% especially for emails

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at all the options befor you choose IBM cloud

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User
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"Buen producto"

What do you like best?

Lo que mas me gusta es la versatilidad de productos ofrecidos, tanto los sistemas operativos como las base de datos.

What do you dislike?

Lo que no me gusta mucho es que a veces se hace medio dificiel encontar lo que uno esta buscando.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Me da la versatilidad que necesito en el laboratorio.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User
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"IBM Cloud Review - Bandwagon"

What do you like best?

Simplicity and built on standards -- and open source tools

What do you dislike?

at this point in time i dont have any dislikes - just not mature enough in the relationship as a customer

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are solving for identity management, live event ticket fraud etc.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Executive Sponsor
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"excellent service and support"

What do you like best?

The possibility to integrate other IBM products and be part of the excellence of IBM

What do you dislike?

cloudfare is not included or other prevention service

Recommendations to others considering the product

More support for implementation from IBM

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we have our SaaS platform on IBM cloud servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator
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"Virtualization with customization "

What do you like best?

Customization of each LPAR and the reliability

What do you dislike?

Solutions to issues are not easily able to investigate without a third party tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Maintaining a mainfram environment and other applications that run in the AIX environment

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Sarbjit K.
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"Collaborative life cycle management"

What do you like best?

its very helpful to maintain test cases, defects

What do you dislike?

User interface is not easy to use. its not easily find stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

yes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

using mainly for testing aspects. its very helpful to maintain all testing aspects.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Bluemix - cloud for enterprise apps"

What do you like best?

Support for enterprise apps, and consideration of data isolation, privacy and security

What do you dislike?

stability and useability, especially for users in countries where the latency of the cloud response is high

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cognitive systems for banks and healthcare

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator
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"DR in cloud"

What do you like best?

Easy provisioning interface. All in one interface.

What do you dislike?

not sure yet. Still in early phases of trial an implementation

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

purchasing hardware for DR site versus on damand to cut costs.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User
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"Client Care Systems Technician "

What do you like best?

Very helpful with providing performance needs

What do you dislike?

It is hard to differnatie from other products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Giving our clients the best options out there. Maximizing performance needs.

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"VM for radio streaming"

What do you like best?

Uptime of the service, and the support that is fast

What do you dislike?

We have some customizations problems on the past

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

stream radio stations over the internet

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"We are testing"

What do you like best?

Easy INtegration with ours native software

What do you dislike?

IBM Cloud Virtual Services resolved support issues

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM cloud virtual services resolved the support issues

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by Administrator
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"IBM softlayer"

What do you like best?

provision and ease of managing the virtual machines

What do you dislike?

performance and slow troubleshooting options provided in options

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

paas

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Great & Efficient"

What do you like best?

Easy to use. Great enterprise product that fits the needs of KPIT well.

What do you dislike?

Unlike previous products, Bluemix is more difficult for adaptation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Bluemix for our internal communications and cloud servers.

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