IBM Cloud Pak for Data System

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What is IBM Cloud Pak for Data System?

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IBM Cloud Pak® for Data System is an all-in-one hybrid cloud platform in a box that delivers a preconfigured, governed and security-rich high-performance environment on premises. The system is built on the Red Hat® OpenShift® Container Platform and designed to collect, organize and analyze data to infuse AI throughout your business. These insights let you use data and AI services to accelerate innovation.

The system combines storage, compute, networking and software into plug-and-play nodes that let you expand your system's footprint to meet your business needs. A single intuitive dashboard helps simplify software and hardware management.

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Simplify deployment

Rapidly stand up a new powerful, flexible data and AI platform behind your firewall — right out of the box.

Scale to fit your needs

Get pay-as-you-grow capacity with plug-and-play hardware nodes along with a deep catalog of data and AI services.

Unify IT asset management

Help simplify software and system management with a unified and intuitive dashboard.

Overcome data silos

Seamlessly connect and integrate data across all clouds.

Leverage high-performance hardware

Choose state-of-the-art, high-performance hardware that supports data and AI use cases and workloads.

Get use cases in a box

This system runs natively on Red Hat OpenShift to let you set up a Red Hat-based cloud in a box inside your data center.

Automated AI lifecycle

Running IBM Watson® Studio on high-performance hardware lets you merge your data and AI services. IBM Cloud Pak for Data System offers the power and flexibility to take you from data preparation to building and deploying models to managing them at scale. In addition, the system helps provide governance of data and AI models including bias detection, drift detection and more.

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Data science advantages

Accelerate onboarding

Unite your data and AI services with a single system software interface. IBM Watson Studio, IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog and other services are included.

Adapt to data science workloads

When you face new infrastructure and workload changes, reuse data and models for decision optimization and explainable AI as you evolve AI use cases.

Speed model deployment

Bring models to production more rapidly. Increase performance with system-tuned machine learning and deep-learning libraries.

Reduce manual effort and technical debt

Automate AI lifecycle with system and software integration. Help reduce costs and risks associated with legacy analytic tools.

Optimize AI and cloud consumption

Deploy plug-and-play nodes with pay-as-you-grow capacity. Help simplify, secure and govern AI deployment with trust and transparency across clouds.

Gain containerized management efficiency

Modernize data science workloads natively in Red Hat OpenShift to help reduce infrastructure management costs.

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Data modernization

Bring IBM Cognos® Analytics dashboards to life alongside database and data virtualization capabilities to get business insights faster. Access data at scale across all enterprise data sources to explore self-service data capabilities in real time. Find and visualize insights that can fuel your business and create the right starting point for important AI and machine learning projects.


Deploying IBM Watson® Knowledge on high-performance hardware can improve data governance and accessibility. IBM Cloud Pak for Data System allows you to quickly access all necessary data while helping overcome issues with data quality and lineage. In addition, this system can provide a trusted data foundation that enables true self-service data access.

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Data exploration features

Operationalize the enterprise data pipeline with automation

Watson Knowledge Catalog features automated metadata generation — an AI-powered process for curating, verifying and classifying data — to quickly connect the right people to business-ready data.

End-to-end catalog

Organize, define and manage enterprise data to provide the right context that can drive value across enterprise-wide imperatives like regulatory compliance and data monetization.

Trusted data delivery at scale

IBM® DataStage® delivers a modernized data integration solution to cleanse and deliver trusted data anywhere, at any scale and complexity, on and across multicloud and hybrid cloud environments.

Self-service insights

Consume and transform data to keep pace with your business. The platform's intuitive dashboards and flows can be easily shared with peers or delivered to analytics tools.

Automated governance for compliance

Active policy management and dynamic masking of sensitive data helps protect data to maximize compliance efforts and audit readiness, and most importantly, maintain client trust.

Learn how to support all your data and AI needs

Do you have a cohesive data strategy and architecture to support all your data and AI needs? Read the IBM Cloud Pak for Data System solution brief to learn how you can quickly scale and deploy a complete private cloud for your enterprise data and AI architecture.

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What's new

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IBM Cloud Pak for Data System competitive analysis

Analysts at Cabot call IBM Cloud Pak for Data System "the ideal platform for clients who want to quickly get started on their AI journey."

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IBM Cloud Pak for Data System infographic

IBM picks, delivers and installs IBM Cloud Pak for Data System components directly onsite, so your data and AI platform is ready to go.

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Accelerate your journey to AI with a hyper-converged cloud data platform

IBM and Cabot Partners discuss how IBM Cloud Pak for Data System leads the pack, ahead of Google, Microsoft, AWS and Oracle.

See the IBM Cloud Pak for Data capabilities first hand

Financing IBM Cloud Pak solutions

IBM offers flexible payment plans to help you start projects sooner and potentially enhance your return on investment.