Why use IBM Cloud Data Engine?

IBM Cloud Data Engine is IBM Cloud’s central service for data lakes. Combining IBM Cloud Data Engine with data in IBM Cloud Object Storage enables you to create an active workspace for a range of big data analytics use cases.


IBM Cloud Data Engine features

Easy data exploration

IBM Cloud Data Engine uses Apache Spark, an open source, fast, extensible, in-memory data processing engine optimized for low latency and ad hoc analysis of data.

Instant querying

No ETL or schema definition needed to enable SQL queries. Analyze data where it sits in IBM Cloud Object Storage using our query editor and REST API.

Saves time and resources

Run as many queries as you need; with pay-per-query pricing, you pay only for the data scan. Compress or partition data to drive savings and performance.

Highly available and durable

IBM Cloud Data Engine is highly available and executes queries using compute resources across multiple facilities.


Control access to your data with IBM Identity and Access Management and IBM Key Protect. Grant users granular control of your IBM Cloud Object Storage buckets.

Supports open data formats

IBM Cloud Data Engine supports a variety of data formats such as CSV, JSON and Parquet, and allows for standard ANSI SQL.

How customers use it

Big data log analysis

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Big data log analysis

Build and run data pipelines and analytics of your log message data with the full power of SQL. IBM Cloud Object Storage provides seamless scalability and elasticity for cheap and durable storage.

Building a data lake

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Building a data lake

Store data in native formats and query instantly. No server configuration or ETL required.

Data pipelines

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Data pipelines

Run highly parallelized data pipelines from IBM Cloud Object Storage to IBM Cloud databases such as IBM Db2® Warehouse or Db2 on Cloud. Connecting your cloud database to your data lake can help you gain more precise control over data quality and lifecycle.

Database consolidation

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Database consolidation

Move on-premises databases to IBM Cloud Object Storage while consolidating license costs and retiring servers. Identify relevant data sets with IBM Cloud Data Engine and push to open-source databases.

Next steps

Access the IBM Cloud Data Engine free trial or contact us for pricing details.