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IBM Cloud Pak for Data

IBM Cloud Pak for Data is a cloud-native solution that enables you to put your data to work quickly and efficiently.

Your enterprise has lots of data. You need to use your data to generate meaningful insights that can help you avoid problems and reach your goals.

But your data is useless if you can't trust it or access it. Cloud Pak for Data lets you do both by enabling you to connect to your data, govern it, find it, and use it for analysis. Cloud Pak for Data also enables all of your data users to collaborate from a single, unified interface that supports many services that are designed to work together.

Cloud Pak for Data fosters productivity by enabling users to find existing data or to request access to data. With modern tools that facilitate analytics and remove barriers to collaboration, users can spend less time finding data and more time using it effectively.

And with Cloud Pak for Data, your IT department doesn't need to deploy multiple applications on disparate systems and then try to figure out how to get them to connect.


IBM Cloud Pak for Data can run on a Red Hat OpenShift cluster, whether it's behind a firewall or on the cloud. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provides the secure and stable infrastructure. If most of the enterprise data lives behind a firewall, it makes sense to put the applications that access the data behind the firewall to prevent accidentally sharing the data.

On the cloud
Deploy Cloud Pak for Data on an OpenShift cluster on IBM Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud.

On premises
Run Cloud Pak for Data on your private, on-premises cluster.

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to deploy IBM Cloud Pak for Data and selected services on an OpenShift cluster on IBM Cloud. We will be using Cloud Pak for Data (CP4D) and other cloud native technologies such as containers and operators. You will also be exposed to and learn how technologies such as OpenShift Gitops (ArgoCD) integrate in a production environment.

The guide is structured as a tutorial, and it is recommended that you follow the topics in order by following the table of contents from top to bottom. Whether you're a beginner or expert in IBM Cloud Pak for Data and Kubernetes, you are recommended to complete the guide in order. There is an intuitive Table of Contents, and Next and Previous links at the bottom of each page to help you navigate.


The following two editions are available for Cloud Pak for Data:

  • Standard Edition
  • Enterprise Edition

In this guide, we will be using Enterprise Edition.