System requirements for Data Collector

IBM® Data Collector must be installed on a computer or virtual machine (VM) that meets the following requirements.

Internet connection

The Data Collector instance must be connected to the internet to collect events on the platform.

System hardware

Important: The Data Collector instance can't be installed in the same host as an Edge Gateway. The Data Collector must be installed on its own computer or VM.
Table 1. System hardware requirements for Data Collector
Requirement Description

Optimal: 4 CPU cores

Minimum: 2 CPU cores

Memory (RAM)

Optimal processor: 16 GB or more of available RAM.

Minimum processor: 8 GB or more of available RAM.

Disk space

100 GB or more of disk space.

Important: If you manage your partitions, assign the 100 GB of space to the /store partition. The /store directory must be either created on the root file system, which must be large enough to accommodate your Data Collector instance, or you must create a separate /store file system.
Network adapter One or more network adapters.
Tip: Synchronize the time between the VM and host system to ensure consistent event times.

Operating system

Data Collector requires the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) or CentOS Linux V7.x operating system or later. Data Collector creates its own user account called dlc. It doesn't require any other user accounts on the system.

For more information about installing and configuring RHEL or CentOS Linux, see the RHEL documentation (

Public DNS

If you use a public DNS, and you use a local machine to host your Data Collector, add the IP address and hostname of your Data Collector in the /etc/hosts file on your Linux server. If you do not add the IP address and hostname to /etc/hosts, then your local Data Collector machine is assigned a dynamic IP address.

Firewall ports

Inbound firewall ports

The default syslog port must be available and not blocked. You are prompted during the installation to open the port. Port 514 opens for both the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) and the Transport Layer Security over the Transmission Control Protocol (TLS over TCP). This port is forwarded to port 1514 on TCP or UDP so Data Collector can ingest events and forward them to Kafka by using TLS over TCP through port 9194.

If you configure alternate connectors that use a listening port for use with Data Collector, then you must open ports for those connectors above port 1024. Data Collector cannot listen to ports lower than 1024. For example, the default listen port for TLS Syslog is 6514. You configure the listen port when you create a data source.

Outbound firewall ports

If you use an active outbound connector, such as Universal REST API, you must open port 443 on your firewall for outgoing traffic. Data Collector and outbound connectors

Important: If you use a firewall for outgoing traffic on your network, open port 9194 on your firewall so Data Collector can communicate with Kafka. Your welcome email includes the list of Kafka brokers that communicate with the platform.

EPS requirements

You can send and receive many events per second (EPS) on one Data Collector, but the maximum EPS depends on many factors, which include network latency and the processor's CPU cores.

If your processor uses the optimal amount of four CPU cores, one Data Collector can send and receive a maximum of 20,000 EPS. If your processor uses the minimum amount of two CPU cores, one Data Collector can send and receive a maximum of 12,500 EPS.

Important: If you send or receive more than the maximum number of EPS, your Data Collector can shut down. Check the log file of the Data Collector to see how many EPS it receives.