Supported options on Microsoft Azure

Supported installation and storage options for running IBM Cloud Pak for Integration on Microsoft Azure.

Installation options

Cloud Pak for Integration runs on any OpenShift environment on Azure. This includes but is not limited to:

For overview information on installing an OpenShift cluster for use with an IBM Cloud Pak, see Installing OpenShift Container Platform clusters.


The following table describes each capability's compatibility with these storage options:

  • Azure managed disks (Azure Disk)

  • Azure file shares (Azure Files)

  • OpenShift Data Foundation (formerly OpenShift Container Storage) *

  • Portworx

* For OpenShift Data Foundation in a production environment, the optimal minimum deployment is 4 storage nodes, with 3 Object Storage Daemons (OSDs) on each node. This provides much greater data resiliency in the event of any OSD failures.

Important: When installing any capability, also refer to the requirements for Cloud Pak foundational services (at the end of this table), which are automatically installed when capabilities are created. Because the installation process for Cloud Pak foundational services automatically selects the default storage class for your cluster (which is set in OpenShift by an administrator), you must confirm that default storage class also matches the requirements for Cloud Pak foundational services.
Integration capability Azure Disk Azure Files OpenShift Data Foundation Portworx
Platform UI Yes * Yes * ** Yes Yes
Asset sharing and reuse (Automation assets) Yes Yes Yes Yes
API management (API Connect) Yes No Yes Yes
Event Endpoint Management Yes No Yes Yes
Application integration dashboard (App Connect Dashboard) No Yes Yes Yes
Application integration server (App Connect) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Application integration designer (App Connect Designer) Yes Yes Yes Yes
High speed transfer server (Aspera HSTS) No Yes Yes No
Event streams Yes No Yes, block storage only Yes
Messaging (MQ), single-instance Yes No Yes Yes
Messaging (MQ), native HA Yes No Yes Yes
Messaging (MQ), multi-instance No No Yes Yes
Gateway (DataPower Gateway) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Foundational services (monitoring, licensing, managing users) Yes No Yes Yes

* Use Azure Disk for the RWO volumes only, and Azure Files NFS for the RWX volumes only. For more information on using two storate classes, see Deploying the Platform UI with two storage classes.

** Use the Azure File NFS driver, not the SMB driver. The NFS driver is available on OpenShift 4.12 and above. Configure the driver as follows:

kind: StorageClass
  name: azurefile-csi-nfs
  protocol: nfs
  skuName: Premium_ZRS
  - nconnect=4
reclaimPolicy: Delete
allowVolumeExpansion: true
volumeBindingMode: Immediate