Watson Knowledge Catalog service plans
The plan that you choose for Watson Knowledge Catalog affects the features and capabilities that you can use.
When you provision Watson Knowledge Catalog, you can choose between the Lite, Standard, or Enterprise Bundle plans.
You can provision only one Watson Knowledge Catalog instance per IBM Cloud account.
As an IBM Cloud account owner or administrator, you can choose from these Watson Knowledge Catalog plans:
- Try Watson Knowledge Catalog features for free before you buy the Standard or Enterprise Bundle plan.
- Pay for catalog assets and the compute usage for running Watson Knowledge Catalog processes and tools.
- Enterprise Bundle:
- Pay a discounted monthly fee for large amounts of catalog assets and compute usage. Import Knowledge Accelerators that contain curated glossaries with industry-specific vocabularies.
For pricing information, see the Watson Knowledge Catalog page in the services catalog.
Feature differences between Watson Knowledge Catalog plans
All Watson Knowledge Catalog plans have these features for catalogs:
- Indexing and storage for data, connections, models, notebooks, dashboards, and connected folder assets.
- AI powered search and recommendations.
- Rating and reviewing assets.
- Connectors to data sources.
- Metadata import from connections into a project or a catalog.
- Profiling of textual data in relational (first 5000 rows only) and unstructured data.
- Categories for organizing your governance artifacts and the users who can view and manage them.
- Data classes to classify relational data in columns.
- Policies that contain rules to protect data.
- Business terms that contain terms to describe data.
- Data protection rules that control access to data assets or mask data.
- Classifications that classify assets based on the level of sensitivity or confidentiality.
- Data classes that describe the type of data that is contained in data assets.
- Reference data sets that define values for specific types of columns.
- Governance rules that provide a natural-language description of the criteria that are used to determine whether data assets are compliant with business objectives.
- Basic workflow for governance artifacts that allows the author to publish the artifact without any review or approval steps.
- Data Privacy.
- Data quality page to understand the quality of the whole assets and each column.
- Metadata enrichment in projects to profile data assets and analyze data quality on a large scale.
- Custom asset types, custom properties for assets, and custom relationships between assets in catalogs.
- Custom properties for governance artifacts.
- Custom data classes.
- Custom classifications.
- Custom category roles.
- Configurable workflows to configure multiple workflow processes for governance artifacts that can include multiple review and approval steps.
- User groups in catalogs
- Model inventory to track the lifecycles of machine learning models in factsheets.
All Watson Knowledge Catalog plans have these features for projects:
- Connectors to data sources.
- Data Refinery to cleanse and shape data.
- Collaboration in projects.
- Gallery for resources to help you learn and samples that you can use.
Some Watson Knowledge Catalog plans include these features:
- Custom relationships for governance artifacts.
- Administrative reports on assets, catalogs, projects, and governance artifacts.
- Knowledge Accelerators to import curated glossaries with industry-specific vocabularies.
- Predefined Business Terms in the Knowledge Accelerator Sample Personal Data category.
- Asset activities to view the history of the events performed on the asset.
- Encrypt IBM Cloud Object Storage with your own key.
- HIPAA readiness, if the service is provisioned in the IBM Cloud Dallas region.
- Backups, for purpose of disaster recovery only, for catalogs and project assets.
The Platform assets catalog is available without the Watson Knowledge Catalog service. However, with the Watson Knowledge Catalog service, you can include assets other than connections in the Platform assets catalog. The limits for assets other than connections in catalogs include those assets in the Platform assets catalog.
The following table shows limits and restrictions for features per plan. All other features are available without restriction in all plans.
|Platform assets catalog||1||1||1|
|Connection assets in catalogs||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited|
|Other assets per catalog||50||pay per asset per month||100,000 per month + pay for more|
|Reference data sets||20 (3000 rows per set)||5000 (3000 rows per set)||5000 (3000 rows per set)|
|Custom relationships for artifacts||✓||✓|
|Custom category roles||5||5||50|
|Compute usage per month||25 CUH||pay per CUH used||2500 CUH + pay for more|
|Encrypt storage with your own key||✓||✓|
|HIPAA readiness||✓ (Dallas region only)||✓ (Dallas region only)|
|Back up of assets||✓||✓|
- With the Standard plan, you pay monthly for the number of catalog assets and the compute usage consumed.
- Compute usage is measured in capacity unit hours (CUH). You consume CUH when you profile data assets, or run Watson Knowledge Catalog tools and jobs.
- You are charged for the highest number of assets that exist in your catalogs at any time during one calendar month. For example, if you add 10,000 assets to a catalog on 1 May and delete all of them on 2 May, you will still be billed for at least 10,000 assets. If then on 12 May you add new 12,000 assets, the highest number of assets is reset to 12,000, regardless how many assets are later deleted. The number of assets is reset to the actual current number of assets at the beginning of the following month.
- Enterprise Bundle:
- The Enterprise Bundle plan includes a set amount of monthly catalog assets and compute usage. You pay for more catalog assets and compute usage.
- Keep your bill from constantly growing
- Projects and Spaces are created and deleted far more frequently than catalogs are. Many times, a project is created, assets from a catalog are copied to the project and worked on, and new assets are added. Those assets are then copied back into a catalog. This way, the number of assets is inevitably growing over time. To keep your bill under control:
- Delete unneeded assets, and then remove them from the trash as well. Assets that are removed from catalogs continue to be counted until you delete them from the trash. See Deleting assets from the trash.
- Delete unneeded catalogs.
- Keep in mind that, no matter how many assets you add or delete within one month, each calendar month represents a separate billing period.
Parent topic: Watson Knowledge Catalog