Order IBM COS (S3)

Understanding IBM Cloud platform

Until recently, IBM offered Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service in two distinct environments: Bluemix and SoftLayer. Bluemix provides a robust application development platform with direct access to cutting edge IBM technologies and DevOps services. SoftLayer provides access to infrastructure services, such as bare metal or virtual servers, data storage, and networking.

As of October 2016, SoftLayer is transitioning to the new name Bluemix Infrastructure, and computing, storage, networking services are provided through both the Bluemix catalog and (for a time) the SoftLayer website.
Important: In order to distinguish it from the existing OpenStack Swift based object storage offerings, ‘IBM COS Cross-Region’ is commonly referred to by the name ‘Cloud Object Storage - S3 API’ in order forms. ‘IBM COS Cross-Region’ and ‘COS - S3 API’ should be considered interchangeable terms within IBM Cloud at this time, although this is subject to change in accordance with future COS offerings.
This document assumes you already have a SoftLayer or Bluemix account.

Ordering from the Bluemix console

  1. Login to https://console.ng.bluemix.net/.
  2. Navigate to the object storage page, by clicking Storage > Cloud Object Storage - S3 API in the Navigation menu.
  3. Click the order object storage link on the top right to open the order menu.
  4. Select IBM Cloud Object Storage in the Storage Type menu.
  5. Click Continue and complete the order after accepting the Master Service Agreement. The new object storage account will be provisioned momentarily and will show up in the objects list when it is done.

Ordering from the SoftLayer customer portal

  1. Login to https://control.softlayer.com/.
  2. Navigate to the object storage page, by clicking Storage > Object Storage in the Navigation menu.
  3. Click the order object storage link on the top right to open the order menu.
  4. Select Cloud Object Storage - S3 API in the Storage Type menu.
  5. Click Continue and complete the order after accepting the Master Service Agreement. The new object storage account will be provisioned momentarily and will show up in the objects list when it is done.