Watson Studio, Watson Knowledge Catalog, and Watson Machine Learning offering plans

The plan you choose for Watson Studio, Watson Knowledge Catalog, or Watson Machine Learning affects the features and capabilities that you can use. See the plan pages in IBM Cloud for pricing information.

Watson Studio plans

Watson Studio has Lite, Standard, and Enterprise plans. You can provision multiple Watson Studio Standard and Enterprise instances in an IBM Cloud account. However, you can provision only one Watson Studio Lite instance per IBM Cloud account.

All Watson Studio plans contain these features without additional services:

All Watson Studio plans contain these features that require additional IBM Cloud services:

Some Watson Studio plans include these features:

The Lite plan allows only one user Watson Studio. That means that other collaborators in your projects must have their own Watson Studio Lite plans.

The Standard and Enterprise plans include a set number of authorized users, which are project collaborators who have the Admin or Editor role, plus an unlimited number of collaborators who have the Viewer role. You can pay to have more collaborators with the Admin or Editor roles. You adjust the number of authorized users on the Authorized Users page. See Manage authorized users.

A set amount of compute usage is included in each plan. Compute usage is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). With the Standard and Enterprise plans, you can pay for more compute usage. For details on computing resource allocation and consumption, see Runtime usage.

Feature Lite Standard Enterprise
Crowd annotation integration  
Custom encryption keys    
Connectors base set more connectors all connectors
Large environments  
GPU environments  
IBM Analytics Engine environments    
Amazon EMR    
Export projects  
Collaborators 1 1 + viewers + pay for more 10 + viewers + pay for more
Processing usage 50 CUH 50 CUH + pay for more 5000 CUH + pay for more
HIPAA readiness     Available if provisioned on IBM Cloud - Dallas region

Learn how to upgrade your plan.

Watson Knowledge Catalog plans

Watson Knowledge Catalog has these plans:

  • Lite: Use this free plan to try the catalog and policy features before you buy the Standard or Professional plan.
  • Standard: Use this plan while you set up your first catalog and policies.
  • Professional: Use this plan when you’re ready to deploy catalogs and policy enforcement throughout your enterprise.

You can provision only one Watson Knowledge Catalog instance per IBM Cloud account.

All Watson Knowledge Catalog plans have these features for catalogs:

All Watson Knowledge Catalog plans have these features for projects:

Some Watson Knowledge Catalog plans include these features:

A set amount of compute usage is included in each plan. Compute usage is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). With the Standard and Enterprise plans, you can pay for more compute usage.

Feature Lite Standard Professional
Number of catalogs 1 1 unlimited
Number of assets 50 500 unlimited
Business glossary terms 5 50 unlimited
Data policy rules 1 5 unlimited
Information Governance Catalog integration  
Activities  
Connectors base set more connectors all connectors
Custom encryption keys    
Collaborators 50 users 50 users + pay for more 500 users + pay for more
Processing usage 50 CUH 500 CUH + pay for more 5000 CUH + pay for more

Learn how to upgrade your plan.

Watson Machine Learning plans and compute usage

You use Watson Machine Learning compute resources, which are measured in capacity unit hours, when you train AutoAI models, run deep learning experiments, and request predictions from deployed models.

Watson Machine Learning plans

Watson Machine Learning plans govern how you are billed for models you train and deploy with Watson Machine Learning. Choose a plan based on your needs:

  • Lite is a free plan with limited capacity. Choose this plan if you are evaluating Watson Machine Learning and want to try out the capabilities. Note that HIPAA support is not available with the Standard plan.
  • Standard is a pay-as-you-go plan that gives you the flexibility to build, deploy, and manage models to match your needs. Note that HIPAA support is not available with the Standard plan.
  • Professional is a high-capacity, flat-rate enterprise plan designed to support all of an organization’s machine learning needs.

This table provides details for plan allowances and restrictions.

Feature Lite Standard Professional
Max published models 200 1000 1000
Deployed models 5 1000 1000
Predictions 5000 per month Billed per prediction 2 million then billed per 1,000
Capacity Unit Hours 50 per month Billed per CUH 1,000 then billed for additional CUH
HIPAA readiness     Available if provisioned on IBM Cloud - Dallas region
Decision Optimization
AutoAI Experiments
Batch scoring
Deep learning training Max 8 k80 GPU in parallel Unlimited Unlimited

For details on computing resource allocation and consumption, see Watson Machine Learning plans and compute usage.