What is Databases for etcd?

IBM Cloud™ Databases for etcd defines the “distributed” in distributed server configuration management. This key-value store holds the correct data you need to coordinate and manage your server cluster. etcd uses the RAFT consensus algorithm to help ensure data consistency in your cluster and to enforce the order in which operations take place in the data. Every node in the cluster arrives at the same result in the same way.

Databases for etcd features

Fully managed

Developers can focus on building applications rather than handling high availability, backups, logging, monitoring, scaling, hardware setup and software patching. IBM provides out-of-the-box integrations with IBM Identity and Access Management and IBM Activity Tracker to extend access control and auditing.


All data is encrypted at rest and in motion. You can leverage integrations with IBM Key Protect to bring your own encryption key for disk storage. All data-in-transit is secured with TLS connections, and data-at-rest is encrypted by default, always. Database backups are automatically encrypted at rest, and IP whitelists can be set for further access controls.

Elastic scaling

Databases for etcd allows you to scale disk and RAM independently to best fit your application requirements. Start small and grow large with elasticity just an API call away.

Open source

The service is compatible with etcd APIs, data formats and clients, which means that applications that already leverage etcd can easily use Databases for etcd as a drop-in replacement.

Highly available

Standard configuration includes three data members configured for high availability to provide a 99.95% SLA. All deployments leverage multiple availability zones, with three data centers in a given region, where available.

Automation aware

Go from whiteboard to production quickly with a management console, CLI and REST API. The management console supports features such as database settings and backup administration, while the CLI and API support database lifecycle events like provisioning, deletion, user creation and scaling. Databases for etcd also offers cloud-native admin options with an IBM Cloud CLI plug-in.

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